UP Wages Rock Island Merger Battle
As the Rock Island found itself with either redundant or non-existent routes to key Midwest cities, it looked to merge with a more prosperous railroad. The timing was right for Union Pacific, which was looking to create a super-railroad that would serve a route from Chicago to the West Coast. Not until late 1974 — after years of contentious arguments from other rail players — did the Interstate Commerce Commission make its ruling in favor of the merger. The ICC eventually approved a plan that would designate four “super” systems to cover rail service throughout the western U.S. and give UP the Chicago-Omaha main line. Ultimately, however, the UP-CRI&P merger did not become a reality because of the regulatory delays and numerous "conditions."