National Geographic : 1948 Nov
Suppose America depended on this kind of "common carrier" LET'S SU'PPOSE that railroads had only man power-no equipment whatever-and that their em ployees had to transport America's freight on their backs. If each railroad employee could carry on his back 75 pounds of freight 15 miles a day, to move a ton of freight one mile would cost, at present wage rates, $18.45. This means that your individual freight bill on the things you con sume would amount to $84,473.69 per year. But actually, of course, the rail roads provide each worker with $20,265 worth of such "tools" as cars and engines and the tracks on which they run. These tools so greatly multiply the transportation output of each worker that the average cost of moving a ton of freight one mile is only 11/. So it's easy to see how important it is to everyone in America that the railroads have the best equip ment available. Right now, railroads are adding new locomotives... freight cars... passenger trains . . . signals . . . rail ... all sorts of the latest improve ments, just as fast as they can get them. To keep on improving Amer ica's rail transportation system, the railroads must be allowed to earn enough to supply their workers with even more and better"tools." Only in this way can they con- tinue to provide the low-cost, ef ficient transportation so essential to the very life and prosperity of our nation. Listen to THE RAI IRO.AD IIO'R presenting the world's great musical comedies. Every Monday evening over the ARC network, 8-8:45 East ern, Mountain, and Pacific Time; 7.7:45 Central Time. ssoe/i70N OF V"\SI1151.T) 6. 1>.(:.