Peak Around the Corner

Next month U.S. railroads will face their first big test of World War II. The A.A.R.'s reiterated boast ("We can carry it all") will come face to face with over 150,000,000 tons of bituminous coal, which must be delivered before Christmas. The fall coal movement, coinciding with a seasonal industrial pickup, makes October the railroads' peak month of each year. This year, for the first time since 1930, October's weekly carloadings are expected to average around 1,000,000 cars.

Even some railroad men are a little scared. Transportation Commissioner Ralph Budd himself last...

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