The Philadelphia and Reading Railroad: The McLeod Years 1890-1893
It is the purpose of this project to study the policies of Archibald Angus McLeod, president of the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad during this time of unrest in the industry. McLeod's tenure as the Reading's president is an interesting case study of the American railroad in the late nineteenth century. Through the use of his own personal correspondence, published pamphlets of the company, and contemporary newspapers and periodicals, the actions and intentions of McLeod were able to be observed. Most of the problems mentioned above were faced by him during his tenure as Reading president. Their effects on his railroad can be extrapolated onto the industry in general without too much distortion. This fact makes the history of 'McLeod's railroad not only important for its own sake, but also for the understanding' and insights it can provide into the situation of the American railroad system in the 1890s.