Nation: The Day the Trains Stopped

ATER flashing warning signals for more than a year, four unions representing 80% of the railroads' work force stalked off their jobs last week in a nationwide strike that raised an awesome specter. If the strike dragged on, the nation would face grave paralysis of its heavy-duty transportation lifelines. Fears grew that fresh fruits and vegetables, substantial amounts of which are shipped by rail, along with meat, milk, eggs and other perishables, would become increasingly scarce on store shelves. The halting of coal shipments brought concern about mine shutdowns and power failures. In...

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