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The Pennsylvania Railroad in Indiana (Railroads Past and Present) Hardcover – April 22, 2000

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Indianapolis business consultant William J. Watt is a former Associated Press writer and editor, executive assistant to Indiana Governor Otis R. Bowen, and associate administrator for policy at the Federal Railroad Administration. He also served as Information Director of the Indiana Department of Commerce and as an assistant to former Lt. Gov. Richard E. Folz. During the administration of Governor Robert D. Orr he chaired the Transportation Coordinating Board and Indiana Transportation Finance Authority. Mr. Watt also was Governor Orr's alternate on the Amtrak board of directors. He studied journalism at Indiana University and has served on the board of visitors for the university's School of Public and Environmental Affairs since 1986. Mr. Watt attained the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Indiana Army National Guard during service from 1966–1989.


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William J. Watt, of Indianapolis, Indiana, is a business consultant specializing in transportation, public policy analysis, and corporate communications.

After studying journalism at Indiana University, he worked from 1966 to 1969 as a writer and editor for the Associated Press at Indianapolis, and from 1969 to 1973 served as information director of the Indiana Department of Commerce and as an assistant to Lieutenant Governor Richard E. Folz. From 1973 to 1981 he was executive assistant to Governor Otis R. Bowen. Responsibilities included media relations, and liaison with state agencies involved in transportation, energy, and natural resources. He coordinated the state administration's response to the eastern railroad bankruptcies, and chaired an advisory group on energy policy for the Midwestern Governors' Association.

During the administration of Governor Robert D. Orr, he chaired the Indiana Transportation Coordinating Board, Indiana Transportation Finance Authority, and White River Park Development Commission. Mr. Watt also served as the governor's alternate on the Amtrak board ofdirectors.

From 1989 to 1993 he was associate administrator for policy at the Federal Railroad Administration, and was involved in issues including national transportation policy, railroad mergers, technical assistance to transportation ministries in Europe and Asia, and transportation support to operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He chaired a Department of Transportation working group which cooperated with the Mexican government to deal with railroad problems at the border crossings.

Mr. Watt was U. S. representative to the European Railways Congress, Berlin, Germany, in 1991. He formerly served on the boards of the Northeast–Midwest Institute, Indiana Economic Development Council, and Environmental Quality Control Inc. Since 1986 he has served as a member of the board of visitors to the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He is a director of the Center for Railroad Photography and Art. A member of the Indiana Army National Guard from 1966 to 1981, Mr. Watt attained the rank of lieutenant colonel.

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Product Details

  • Series: Railroads Past and Present
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press (April 22, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253337089
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253337085
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,784,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I can't read enough about the Pennsy and generally enjoy most books about the railroad. This book gives a good overview of how the PRR came together in Indiana in the early days and how it came apart at the end. I was very entertained by this book and learned a lot about the operations in this state.
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A very comprehensive history of the PRR in Indiana. The book not only gives a physical history of the PRR, but goes into the inside manipulations and business deals that made up the PRR system. There are a large number of vintage photographs that I had never seen of various locations of the PRR in Indiana. Overall a very entertaining and enlightening historical book.
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Book was received damaged from from the United States Postal Service. Book seller offered to replace it even though he would not be reimbursed by the Postal Service. Since book was still usable I declined the sellers offer but suggested he send future shipments to other customers in better container (He shipped it in a "bubble envelope"). The review asks for a "tag". I do not understand what kind of tag Amazon is asking for.
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