National Geographic : 1946 Oct
HIS COFFEE REMAINED CALM It was almost as though the station itself were quietly gliding away from the train. The cup of coffee before him remained serenely unruffled. Amazingly smooth, quiet starts and velveted stops are just some of the many new delights and comforts you get when riding behind a General Motors Diesel locomotive. Fact is, the entire new era of super smooth travel came in the wake of General Motors Diesels-they ushered in the modern streamlined idea - they inspired the luxurious, inviting new coaches. They brought even more. Faster sched ules became possible - turning trans continental trips into one of the pleasures of travel- making delightful de luxe coach runs of what had been overnight trips. They began to set almost unbe lievable "On-time" records - today meeting schedules 97% of the time. Also, in the swift movement of heavy freight, as well as in passenger service, these new-day locomotives have estab lished remarkably low operating and maintenance cost records together with a new conception of the movement of tonnage. From these economies can come the capital for further modernization of the roads, thus broadening the concepts of transportation and returning benefits to those who use, operate or invest in America's railroads.