Overdrive‘s Rearview series is a new recurring monthly feature taking a look back at major trucking issues through the lens of archived editions of Overdrive.
One of many battles waged by Overdrive in its first 20 years was against the rail industry, including its powerful lobbying arm and its cozy relationship with lawmakers.
This cartoon in the June 1969 Overdrive corresponds with an eight-page article detailing about a dozen violent train crashes from the preceding decade.
Overdrive editors blamed the rail industry’s negligence, as well as state and federal regulators, for allowing the fatal, expensive derailments and grade crossing collisions to continue.
Editors urged readers to write their representatives and senators to ask them to investigate the problem and rein in what Overdrive presented as an overindulgent, arrogant rail industry.
At other times, Overdrive took on the railroads by lobbying lawmakers for fairer treatment for the trucking industry and equitable infrastructure while campaigning for a more unified approach from trucking on such issues.
Here’s a look at a few other political cartoon takes on the subject from archived issues of Overdrive: