The PACIFIC INTERMOUNTAIN EXPRESS became the largest trucking company in the world in 1956. By 1946 PIE had 535 employees and was growing rapidly through many acquisitions in the late 1940s and 1950s. By the mid 1960s P.I.E. extended service to the east coast through more acquisitions, having 67 terminals in 29 states. In 1973 the company was purchased by IU International, and in 1983 merged with Ryder Truck Lines, forming Ryder/P.I.E Nationwide. Sadly, by 1989 loses were staggering, and the company was sold again, absorbing Transcon Lines. Loses continued, and in 1990 P.I.E. filed for bankruptcy.
However, on the RailsWest layout, the PIE is living it up in the late 1960s (sometimes early 1970s).
Small but often busy place.
Doesn’t generate rail traffic, but it does give a place to change up from time to time to create a more dynamic layout. (A future project is to weather the tractors and trailers and add license plates!)
Next post will share its 1990 appearance.