The Mighty Pennsylvania Railroad

The Mighty Pennsylvania Railroad

Although the Pennsylvania Railroad ranked fourth in total mileage, it ranked first in operating revenues. It also owned the greatest number of locomotives, passenger cars, and freight cars. In it’s time, the PRR was the largest publicly traded corporation in the world, and had a budget larger than that of the U.S. government with a workforce of about 250,000 people. The PRR still holds the record for the longest continuous dividend history, as it paid out annual dividends to shareholders for over 100 years in a row.


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