End Passenger Service to Black Hills
Seeks To End CB&Q Passenger Service To Hills Deadwood. & D.— (IP}— A. J. Alms, general passenger agent for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy railroad, informed Deadwood businessmen businessmen at a meeting here Saturday Saturday morning that steps would be taken next week to file a petition with the interstate commerce commission commission for authority to discontinue passenger service into the Black Hills. The railroad executive from Omaha addressed his remarks to a representative group of Deadwood businessmen and city officials at a meeting in the Franklin hotel. Should the commission grant approval approval of the railroad's request, it will mean the end of railroad passenger passenger service into the Black Hills area except to Rapid City. Alms, in reviewing a financial statement of the 'railroad for the Black Hills from September 1947 to September 18, 1948 explained the Burlington had suffered a loss of $75,797 during the year. Alms' report showed the average daily train into the Hills carried only five to six passengers but required required four men to operate the train. "The traffic deserted us long before before we deserted the people," he said. The 106 miles of line from Edgemont Edgemont to Deadwood has brought a total loss of $525,500 to the Burlington, Burlington, he said, up to now. Freight service will not be discontinued discontinued but will be on a three- trip-a-week basis, Alms said. The post office department said star routes will be established to handle the mail loads.