National Geographic : 1938 Jan
Do ou want toAback? WHEN the little engines with the big smokestacks pulled railroad trains seventy years ago, here was the situation: Wages were low. Service and safety were far below modern standards. And freight rates were three times as high as they are today! Long freight trains remedied that. Long trains are the very heart of modern service. Long trains-pulled by modern engines-on mod ern tracks built with heavy rails-have brought today's fast freight service, higher wages for work ers, greater safety for everybody. And now there is a threat to deprive the public by law of much of the benefit of these improvements. The TRAIN LIMIT BILL-passed by the United States Senate and waiting action by the House of Representatives-is aimed to make the railroads Split up freight trains on the pre. S text that it is a safety measure. / But here's how the theory squares S with the fact: safety records show that accidents to employes have been reduced by nearly three fourths in the very years that freight trains have been length ened and speeded up to give better service. What this bill really does is to force the railroads backward-backward in safety-backward in service - backward in efficiency-backward in economy. What it does is to clamp down and smother the whole spirit of enterprise, invention and progress which are America's hope of better transportation in the years ahead. Think it over. Do you want rail progress stopped? Do you want rail service to go back instead of ahead? If not, better speak up now.