National Geographic : 1949 May
The most popular car in America! Yes, that's it-the familiar freight car, which brings you most of the things you eat, wear, and use. It does its vital job for you so thriftily that it carries freight for charges which average only about 1i cents for moving a ton a mile-taking all kinds of freight over all distances. When the war ended, these charges were no higher-and in many cases were lower-than when war began back in 1939. But prices and wages kept climb ing until freight rates had to go up. Railroad rates, though, went up later than other prices. By the time of the first small increase in freight rates, in the middle of 1946, the average level of other prices had already gone up more than 40 per cent above 1939. And freight rates have gone up less than the average percentage increase of other prices-in fact, only about half as much. So railroad freight charges now represent an even smaller fraction of the prices you pay for the things you buy than they did before the war. Today, the railroad freight car is not only the most essential car in America -it is also the car that provides the world's thriftiest transportation. SOCI/47/7OF WASHIISTON 6. D.C. ~ri^,.^ d^ii^ 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.