National Geographic : 1949 Jan
With Uncle Sam and John Bull in Germany 125 National (ieoigrapllc l'notogra lner .1. isaylor uuI)Cr s West Germany's Once Crack Railway System Slowly Regains Old-time Efficiency Roadbeds and track are in fair order; but rolling stock is short. Thousands of freight cars and many locomo tives were "kidnaped" by Russians, and have not yet been returned. In repair work, "cannibalism" is much practiced; that means robbing one engine or car of good parts to repair another (page 128). Passenger coach win dows, where glass was broken, are boarded up. These coal trains are switching at Niirnberg, busy railway center.