(See Cover) In peace, the U.S. railways, like the human circulatory system, are taken for granted. Only in war, when the crowded arteries pump hard, does the U.S. become conscious of their existence. Last week, the American people were conscious, as seldom before, of their rail system. The congestion, slowly worsening during four years of war, had reached the danger point under the heavy strain of troops deploying from Europe to the Pacific.

It had come much sooner than expected.

According to the Army plan, the great mass of troops would reach the...

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