Business: Opening Throttle

For the first time in six months, the nation's stalled railroads showed signs of picking up speed. Freight carloadings jumped 7% in a fortnight, hit a 1958 high of 612,715 cars. The rise was in all types of freight, with the most significant gain in wheat shipments. Railroadmen expect that wheat shipments will reach a peak around July 4, stay high as the U.S. harvests its fourth fattest crop in history.

Good news also came from Washington. The rail relief bill (TIME, May 5) rode through the Senate, and a similar bill unanimously passed the House Commerce Committee. Both bills 1) provide...