National Geographic : 1923 Apr
Photograph by International ICE-COVERED LOCOMOTIVES JUST IN FROM A WINTRY RUN Running a big express is a nerve-straining occupation. Curves to be looked out for, signals to be watched, interpreted, and acted upon, and the conditions of the track to be studied every minute, call for "a hand upon the throttle and an eye upon the rail" atalltimes. But when thedriving storm, with its snow, or sleet, or rain, descends upon the right of way, the men who handle a train must call upthelast ounce oftheir nerve and energy, if the precious cargo is to be brought to its journey's end without mishap. Eight million dollarsisahard winter's tollfordriving from the railbeds of the United States the snowflakes that hinder traffic.