The Big Switch

The New York Central Railroad Co. last week placed the year's biggest order for locomotives. They were all diesels—in of them, to cost $21,000,000. Thus, the New York Central marked the quiet revolution which has been going on in the Central—and many another U.S. railroad —since war's end. The revolt is against steam locomotives in favor of oil-burning diesels. Of the 1,176 locomotives which U.S. railroads had on order Dec. 1, only 33 were steam. The rest were diesels.

The bulk of the diesel orders has gone to General Motors' Electro-Motive Division, which last week got an $11,000,000 chunk of...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!