Railway Age 1954 February 8  Weekly Are commuters worth it
Railway Age 1954 February 8  Weekly Are commuters worth it
Railway Age 1954 February 8  Weekly Are commuters worth it
Railway Age 1954 February 8  Weekly Are commuters worth it
Railway Age 1954 February 8  Weekly Are commuters worth it

Railway Age 1954 February 8 Weekly Are commuters worth it

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Railway Age 1954 February 8 Weekly Are commuters worth it
 
Railway Age February 8 1954 Vol 136 No 6  NOTICE THE Water damage--rippled pages do not appear to be stuck together.  COVER damage.
CONTENTS
Annual charges for use of federal airways would be levied on their civilian users, if Congress adopts a report by the Civil Aeronautics Administration. The C.A.A. recommends a fuel tax or gross ton-mile charge, to produce $40-50 million per year. 12
Are advisory boards too complacent? Why shouldn't they be "a vehicle for progressive and constructive improvement in railroad transportation," instead of merely "an implement for emergency use," asks DL&W President Shoemaker. 15
Iron ore deposits aggregating over 200 million tons and with a high percentage of titanium-have been revealed in Wyoming, near the UP main line. 16
There'll be fewer conventions for railroad men this year-unless the A.A.R. later reconsiders a directive cancelling 1954 annual meetings of divisions and sections under jurisdiction of its Operating and Maintenance Department. 18
What's your railroad's record on freight-train operation? Selected statistics for large railways provide a handy means of comparing performances in such vital fields as gross ton-miles per train-hour, car-miles per car-day, etc. 50
RAILWAY AGE FORUM
How to avoid dangers in "piggyback" service is a subject on which considerable light is shed by study of the Interstate Commerce Act and of I.C.C. rulings. 59
How to construct competitive rates depends largely on understanding the true cost of competing forms of transportation. A recent article in the I.C.C. Practitioners' Journal gives some practical guidance toward such understanding. 60
Are commuters worth it? Providing them with adequate service is a headache for all railroads saddled with the problem. But the Burlington has found that an affirmative approach to that problem can turn commuters into good friends-and good business. 61
A "middle management" training program on the Chicago South Shore & South Bend set something of a precedent for such activity on a relatively small railroad. 65
What price diesel maintenance? A rearrangement of available data suggests that current accounting methods may not give a true picture of rising costs. 68
Accounting service to supervisors - D. B. Woomer's prize-winning paper in Railway Age's essay contest. 70
"Elastic" track, using either wood or concrete and steel ties, and substituting a rubber pad for the conventional steel tie plate, is being successfully used in main-line service on the French National Railways. 72
An electric line goes diesel- and the Fort Dodge, Des Moines & Southern is following the somewhat unusual program of converting its branches first. 73
A conveyor delivers freight direct to trackside in a novel arrangement at Salinas, Cal., where a seed-processing plant had its direct access to SP rails cut off by a heavy-traffic highway. 74
The I.C.C. fears the "undercutting" of established regulation. It warned Congress, in its annual report, that "so-called private carriage" conducted under "buy and sell" arrangements is a "growing menace." 76
Health, welfare and free pass demands of the non-operating unions will apparently have to be ruled on by a Presidential emergency board, since a federal district court has denied the carriers' petition for a ruling that such demands are outside the scope of the Railway Labor Act.81
BRIEFS
The Senate-approved St. Lawrence seaway bill moved closer to final passage last week. Without further hearings, the House Public Works Committee voted 23 to 6 to report the bill favorably to the House. The bill, S. 2150, provides for United States participation with Canada in construction of the seaway.
The Frisco won't acquire the Central of Georgia. Directors of the St. Louis-San Francisco, "after full consideration," have decided not to acquire the Central of Georgia stock ``proffered by Patrick B. McGinnis of New York on behalf of himself and his associates." On January 13, Frisco President Clark Hungerford stated his road was "studying the potential value of the CofG" to determine "whether an offer should be made and what that offer should be." The latest announcement may not necessarily indicate, however, that the Frisco has given up the idea of acquiring any stock in CofG.
Airlift capacity of scheduled air lines increase; by more than a billion ton-miles between mid-1950 and mid-1953. In 1950, air lines filled 53.59 per cent of their total capacity of 1,584 million ton-miles; in 1953 they filled 58.67 per cent of the 2,629 million ton-miles available. Cargo air carriers boosted their revenue per cent of total available ton-miles from 69.33 in 1950 to 80.44 in 1953.
Trucks and truck combinations in the heavier weight brackets are becoming more and more common on main rural roads. In 1952 65 out of every 1,000 trucks and 197 out of every 1,000 truck-tractor and semi-trailer combinations weighed 50,000 lb. or more. Comparable figure for 1950 was 58 trucks; and, for 1949, 127 combinations.
Large-scale consolidation of railway corporations can "effect savings in cost and improvement in services equal to or greater than those derived through dieselization," John W. Barriger, vice-president of the Rock Island, declared in a, recent address at Chicago. "The service benefits and improved earning power that would follow ... would produce ... far more jobs than the increase in efficiency would eliminate," he added.
Complete dieselization of the Norfolk Southern became effective January 29, with 31 units in operation. When dieselization began seven years ago, the NS had 48 steam locomotives, its president, Cecil M. Self said; and in earlier years used as many as 62 steamers to handle less traffic than is hauled today.
Not a single employee fatality is the record of the Reading Company for 1953-in fact, for the 18 months preceding the end of that year. Reportable accidents were down 19 per cent compared with 1952.
As part of its economy move, the I.C.C. wants a $9,600-a-year assistant directorship left.
vacant in the Bureau of Locomotive Inspection. A. C. Breed, who holds the job, will retire at the end of this month, and the commission has recommended to the White House that no new appointment be made.
To cut claims for damaged furniture, the Southern Pacific has just completed a series of 73 "clinics" for freight station employees at 30 principal stations on the road's Pacific lines. P. M. Chaimov, SP's manager of freight protection, merchandise and station service, says his organization is willing to help anyone start a similar program.


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