TP&W president George P. McNear was determined to break the union, Leitze said, making the strike personal.
Page 2 of 2 - When the line was returned to McNear
board of directors, the railroad had made a profit of $6 million.
However, the government took $3.5 million of that for maintenance and other costs.
But the return of McNear
also meant the return of the strike, during which McNear
shut the railroad down.
But when McNear
was walking home from a basketball game in March of 1947, he
was shot by one or more assailants, the only railroad president ever assassinated in the United States.
The murder was never solved.