National Geographic : 1949 Jun
re1ove Unless you happen to be an ex pert, the two rail sections shown above may look about like twins. But actually-as a result of con tinuous research in rail design and metallurgy-the modern rail shown at the left has 80 per cent more strength and support ing power than its "twin" of 25 years ago, and is less than one fourth as likely to break. That's typical of the kind of improvement which has been made in every part of the railroad -from locomotives to crossties, from signals to yards, from car seats to air-conditioning-as a result of research and investment. Altogether, the improvements made in American railroads in the years since the first World War represent an expenditure of more than 15 billion dollars-of which more than 2' billion dol lars have been spent just since the end of the second World War. This is not government money lavished on railroads. It is rail road money-some of it bor rowed, some of it taken out of earnings and plowed back into plant and equipment. In the past quarter of a century in fact, for every dollar paid out in dividends to the owners of the roads more than two dollars have been spent on improvements - for better ser vice to you. There is every reason to expect that railroad research will be as fruitful of benefit in the future as it has been in the past. But to provide the funds necessary to put these results to work so as to produce even better and more economical service in the future, it is necessary that railroads have a chance to earn a sound return on their investment today. ;SOC/MAX 9v OF WASINGTON6, . C. Listen to THE RAILROAD HOUR Every Monday evening over the ABC Network, 8-8:30 Eastern, Mountain, and Pacific Time; 7-7:30 Central Time.