Business: Young Tom Evans

The cash-heavy, car-hungry U.S. railroads have been on a buying spree; in three days last week they ordered 1,800 cars. But the big surprise was that the bulk of the orders went not to the moss-backed mastodons which have dominated the field for a generation, but to a young outsider, the bustling Mount Vernon Car Manufacturing Co. of Mt. Vernon, Ill.

This was no surprise to Mt. Vernon's new boss, Thomas Mellon Evans.* Tom Evans, just turned 33, slick-haired, aggressive, plunked himself into the president's chair a fortnight ago and calmly announced that...

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