National Geographic : 1936 Jul
Cbiii^ IN THESE homely words you hear expressed the self-reliant spirit of one of the foremost industries of the nation, the American railroads. They're driving ahead to new tri umphs in service and efficiency going after business, and getting it, in a way to make any railroad man justly proud. Of course the recent lean years have not been easy; they have been tough for the railroads just as they have for almost any other business you can name. But in face of tough times these dependable carriers have made their bid for increased business by stepping up freight train speed by 43%, by cutting the running time of passenger trains, and by increas- GO PLACES Rates are l Comfort hi NO other'transport can match the A for speed with safety ern convenience con comfort when you go ly all through trains a - cleaner, quieter, he modern lighting, excel -NOW-BY TRAIN ing their comfort by air-condition ing, which means greater cleanliness, restful quiet, safe agreeable travel at its best. And at the same time there has steadily gone forward a vast pro gram of improvement which only a man who works on the railroad could see and appreciate in full $172,000,000 invested in the past six years in laying heavier rails a third of a billion dollars spent during the same period in new track construction and more than three billions put into right-of-way maintenance - all of which make faster schedules possible with safety. Yes, a lot has been happening to the railroads - astonishingly more than most people realize-wouldn't it be a good idea next time Syou have a trip to make, to !* go by rail? ow-Safety, Speed and .'1 W e believe if you'll look higher than ever before! ~ ' about you with a friendly ation inthe world able seats,plenty eye, you'll discover surpris merican railroads of room to move . And every mod- around, and you get there on schedule. ing evidence of how superbly .tributes to your Yet with all the improvements rail by rail. Practical- roads offer today, fares have been the job is being done! re air-conditioned steadily lowered. When you plan a trip be althier. You have for business or pleasure-call the near lent food,comfort- est ticket office for new low rates. HEADQUARTERS: Transportation Building, Washington, D. C.