National Geographic : 1942 Dec
iiep Cm Kbf/m.. or cise! says grandpappy engine 2414 to a 1942 Santa Fe Freight Diesel "Back in '98, in the Spanish-American War," reminisces little Old-Timer 2414, "20 cars was an average-length freight train. By World War I, we'd upped our Santa Fe freights to an average 35.9 cars. Not bad railroadin', that." "Not bad is right," answers the big new freight Diesel, "but not good enough for World War II. Now we've stretched 'em out another 41%, to 50.9 cars, and those cars are bigger, loaded heavier, and rolling farther and faster." "Good work, son," says Old-Timer. "Yours is the BIG war job. Keep 'em rollin'-or else!" KEEP 'EM ROLLIN'-OR ELSE * No nation that does not possess efficient SERVING THE SOUTHWEST FOR 70 YEARS .SanT mass transportation can hope to win a mod ern war. In America that mass transportation job is squarely up to her railroads. If theyfail, we lose. Neither battle gallantry nor industrial wiz ardry alone will turn the tide. To meet this tremendous responsibility, we ask for every possible considerationin the allocationof mate rialsfor vitally essential repairs, maintenance and new equipment. DAILY THE LOAD INCREASES To date, the railroads have met 100% the staggering demands born of this global war. Many have helped make that record possible -the War Department, the Office of Defense Transportation, civilian shippers and trav elers everywhere. In the first six months of 1942, with 25% fewer locomotives, the Santa Fe moved 94% more freight ton-miles and 27% more military and civilian passen ger miles than in the first six months of 1918, in World War I. Daily the load increases. No man knows what the peak will be. We do know there is a limit to the performance that can be squeezed out of existing equipment. SANTA FE SYSTEM LINES "Buy U. S. War Bonds-They Identify You"