National Geographic : 1948 Mar
HadYour Ton-Miles Today? Last year the railroads moved more tons of freight more miles than ever before intime of peace. They hauled enoughtons enough miles, infact, to average twelve ton-miles oftransportation service every day inthe year for every man, woman, and child in the United States. That meant loadingand moving more carloads of grain, more cars of coal than ever before and more cars of all sorts than inany ofthewar years, even though there were fewer cars avail able. With the cooperation of shippers, therailroads are getting more service than ever before outof each freight car theyhave. At thesame time they are buying and building all the freight cars for which materials can beobtained. And they will continue todoso until thecar supply isadequate tomeet theneeds ofthe nation with even greater efficiency and economy. These new cars-and thelocomotives, the im provements totrack and signals and shops and allthe rest of therailroad plant -call for aninvestment ofmore than abillion dollars ayear. That's one reason why railroad rates have tobeenough sothat railroad earnings will beade quate toattract investment dollars. For the rail roads of tomorrow, and the service you will get from them, depend upon earnings today. Association ofAmerican Railroads WASHINGTON 6,D.C.