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Interstate Commerce Commission / Conrail Fine / Santa Fe Railroad #258320

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jun 15, 1978
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(Studio) Interstate Commerce Commission fine of Conrail on charge of failing to respond to federal order in March to speed freight car mat. reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Chicago, Illinois) Problems in rail shipments due to lengthy repairs to freight cars and extra use of cars to haul coal after miners' strike ended outlined; Interstate Commerce Commission orders to RRs to speed repairs and present chgs. that Conrail didn't obey order noted. [Interstate Commerce Commission spokesperson Ivan SCHAEFFER - comments on Conrail situation.] ICC's attempts to fine Santa Fe railroad detailed; response of Santa Fe and other RRs to chgs. with regard to grain shipments reported [Santa Fe spokesperson David VALENTINE - says it's middle of harvest season; all possible is being done to move grain.] Conrail's response to chgs. cited. Agriculture Department estimate of freight car shortage stated. Improvement in wheat prices and farmers' losses due to lack of railroad cars outlined. [Grain elevator owner Robert BISHOP - describes own and farmers' problems with shipment delays.]
REPORTER: Chris Kelley

(Studio) Outlook for grain industry and shipments examined.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Kelley, Chris

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