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Re: E Hunter Harrison Dies
What he was trying to accomplish was logical to a point, but how he treated his subordinates was shameful. I had the opportunity to sit in my supervisor's office during one of his phone conversations with EHH, and the language Hunter used to insult, belittle, and demean my supervisor was way beyond uncalled for. This is a man that was one of the best Terminal Supervisors the company ever had, and he had one of the best performance records of any other terminal. Still he had to endure tongue lashings from #1 on a daily basis, until he was eventually fired for no real tangible reason other then Hunter felt like it. Had EHH been a little more humane, his subordinates all down the line would have been much more receptive to his thoughts, and could have provided Hunter with insights into what would work, and what had been proven over the years to not work. But the dictator would never consider this input. Only his ideas were right. Period.
As far as running the CN verses the CSX, if you look at the systems of these two railroads, you will see that there is a big difference. The CN is basically a lineal railroad. All the terminals are in a row, so train scheduling and traffic flow works fairly easily. With railroads like the CSX, which are a cobweb of tracks covering a vast expanse of land, the traffic patterns are not so easy to manipulate, as you have multiple routes to an end.
After EHH left the CN, we recuperated rather quickly, despite having to purchase a bunch of very used power from other railroads to handle the increased traffic levels. It will be interesting to see how long it will take for the CSX to get back on it's feet.