The manpower and equipment shortage caught up with the Eastern railroads last week.

Since mid-December, when the first of a series of blizzards and icy gales lashed at their overloaded lines, the roads had done more than their usual best to clear the tracks. But main-line trains slowed to a crawl: the crack Twentieth Century Limited was ten and a half hours late on one scheduled run of 17 hours from Chicago to New York City. Freight was delayed and congestion grew faster than it could be relieved.

Finally in many a busy freight yard traffic came to a stop while trainmen...

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