RAILROADS: The Breaking Point

In their desperate effort to move more troops than ever before, on top of holiday crowds, U.S. railroads have spread men and equipment paper thin. Last week they snapped in a dozen places. On the Pacific coast veterans overflowed regular military installations and had to be quartered in ships tied to piers while they waited from four to six days for eastbound trains. In the San Francisco area alone, more than 50,000 homesick G.I.s sweated out Christmas.

The problem there was getting the railroad cars to the West Coast over the spindly western...

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