Between the Hudson and the Mississippi, the Potomac and the Great Lakes lies the richest rail realm of the U. S. Through its fat fields, between its teeming towns, over and around its coal-laden mountains criss-cross some 57,000 miles of trackage (one-fifth of the nation's total) valued at ten billion dollars (almost one-half the nation's total). Three hundred lines, long & short, in this area serve 52 million people, bind together eight of the ten largest U. S. cities, with shiny roadways to the sea and world...

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