Traffic Department. Those who repair and
furnish the power are in the Motive Power
Department. Those who collect, transport and
distribute freight are found in the Transpor-
tation Department. It takes all three to sup-
port balanced operation and serve the public
In recent years the attention of all depart-
ments has turned to Diesel-electrics for road,
switching and transfer service. Modern light
weight trains have jarred the adamant public
interest and aroused an appreciation of the
place that the Transportation Industry holds
in the economics of daily life.
Many milestones have been passed on the
road of progress during the last decade. New
high-speed coach trains and deluxe all-pull-
man trains have countered the major inroads
of the private automobile in passenger traffic.
The operating ratio for passenger traffic, which
in many cases shows a higher output than in-
take of money, is being whittled down. New
equipment and fast schedules are making
many new friends. New business is being
attracted to the railroads.
Diesel-electric road locomotives are built
with fuel and water capacities for sustained
high-speed overland runs, with fuel stops
about every 700 miles. Experience is pointing
to a million miles of operation before back
Baldwin 1000-Horsepower Diesel-Electric in Service on the MIssouri Pacific Lines.