Man in Railroad Management Railway Systems & Management, The Association SC
The Man in Railroad Management Railway Systems & Management Association Soft Cover 1964 85 pages
Working on the railroad, immortalized in American folklore and song, has for more than a century been a vital factor in the social and economic complex of the nation.
"Mass transportation by rail has made possible mass production and mass distribution. and it has contributed importantly to the accessibilty of raw materials, labor supply, and markets. In these ways the railroads have stimulated the growth of the American economy.
"Hundreds of thousands of Americans have come to know their land only because of the railroads. Socially, culturally and economically the railroad industry has contributed to the homogeneity of America. Its steel rails have been bands of national unity.
"No other agency can offer transportation service that is at once so comprehensive, dependable, safe, efficient and inexpensive. Man has not yet discovered another means for the mass movement of freight and people coinparable in capacity, efficiency and cost to power on wheels pulling cars on rails."'
In recent years, the railroad has seldom been toasted, in either popular song or radio or TV commercials. The locomotive engineer is no longer the hero of the young and ambitious. To a great many travelers and commuters the railroads appear to be an industry chugging along toward obsolescence in the wake of strong competitive challenge, and struggling hopelessly against unyielding economic pressures. The image of the railroads, it is generally conceded, is not very favorable.2
Images are reflections of people as seen by people. Equipment, machines, hardware-no matter how advanced and modern-do not affect the image of an enterprise with the same impact and significance as do the human resources. The potential of the most sophisticated technology depends upon the "man" in management.
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