National Geographic : 1945 Apr
It was a great day in railroadingwhen in 1852 Missouri Pacific received its first locomo tive delivered by sailing vessel and river boat from New England shops. This was the first i. locomotive to run west of the Mississippi. PUTTING RAILROADING ON A NEW PLANE THESE days the railroads are doing things that would have been impossible a few years ago. And one of their most powerful and modern tools is the General Motors line of Diesel locomotives. Since the day that the first of these loco motives took the rails, they have rolled up the impressive total of more than 200 mil lions of miles of operation on America's major railroads. ON TO FINAL VICTORY BUY MORE WAR BONDS In the things they have done-moving tre mendous loads, maintaining fast, regular schedules, always on the job-lies the fore cast of a new day for railroading when the war is over. Then the full possibilities in Diesel motive power may be applied to the carrying of passengers and freight through out the country. That is why it's a great new day for rail roading, with greater days ahead. LOCOMOTIVES ....... ELECTRO-MOTIVE DIVISION, La Grange, Il. ENGINES .. 150 to 2000 HP. .. CLEVELAND DIESEL ENGINE DIVISION, Cleveland II, Ohio ENGINES .. 15 to 250 H.P . .. . . DETROIT DIESEl ENGINE DIVISION, Detroit 23, Mich. Today MissouriPacific uses a fleet of high powered General Motors Diesel locomotives to haul long heavy loads of oil and war freight, and to provide swift dependable passenger transportation.