Road Block?

Napoleon supposedly said that an army marched on its stomach. But in modern war, an army—and a nation at war—rides on its freight cars. In World War II, U.S. railroads hauled 142 million carloads of freight, the biggest cargo lift in history, and barely had enough cars to squeak by.

Will U.S. railroads make the grade again, if World War III comes? President William T. Faricy, of the Association of American Railroads, thinks they can. Testifying before Congress last spring, he said: "There need be little apprehension ... the railroads [can] meet traffic requirements arising from a national emergency."...

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