USRA

USRA is an acronym for United States Railroad Administration. During World War I, the USRA was the executive controller of all major railroads in the United States, and its standard steam locomotive and car designs were widely built and used across the country.

Hale Holden, abbreviated genealogy

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Hale Holden was president of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad from 1914 to 1918 and again from 1920 to 1929.  He also served as the USRA's western division director, vice president and director for the American Railway Association and chairman of the executive committee for the Association of Railroad Executives.  After leaving the CB&Q, Holden became chairman of the executive committee for Southern Pacific Railroad, serving from 1928 to 1932, and then as chairman of the board for SP from 1932 to 1939.

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