Business & Finance: Troop Movement

From branch lines, storage yards and car shops, long strings of empty passenger coaches this week clattered toward U.S.

Army camps in the South and Southwest. It was the opening maneuver in a crucial U.S. railroad campaign. The roads were preparing, on top of rush civilian passenger traffic, to move at least 500.000 soldiers on an average-800-mile trip home for Christmas—the greatest long-distance passenger movement in railroad history.

Railroad general staffs have laid plans for this campaign for months. Head-tohead were the A.A.R.'s Military Transportation Section and the Quartermaster General's men. At first the...

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