RAILROADS: To the Pacific

The railroads are getting up steam to handle the greatest long-distance transportation job in their history—the overland haul of tens of thousands of U.S. troops, and equipment, on their way from Europe to the Pacific. By last week the big freight push to the West had already begun.

In a 72-hour period during V-E week the Army Transportation Corps stopped 6,500 freight cars rolling to East Coast ports with war materials. Within a matter of hours, orders were issued that sent the cars loaded with war materials clattering to Pacific ports.

That rush of westward traffic was peanuts to what the...

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