"Many car shops, including our own, are working on this freight car production program. From the car builders last year we ordered 20,000 new box cars and gondolas, the biggest freight car order in history. These are in addition to 6,610 new cars under construction in our own shops. More than 14,000 of these freight cars have been built and delivered. Furthermore, in the Pennsylvania's shops we have almost completed the rebuilding of 34,000 freight cars."
"When the building and rebuilding program is completed this year, The Pennsylvania will have more than 200,000 freight cars in service for industry and defense. World War II revealed the vital role of railroad transportation. Ever since then it has been our goal to remain ready for any emergency."
Quote: PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD 1951
Imagine what orders of this magnitude that would do for the economy today---adding up a nice order for 25,000 passenger, 7,000 diner, 9,500 sleeper and 5,000 baggage cars for AMTRAK, 21,000 Rail-Mail cars for the United States Railway Postal Service...
Enough, please. At a time when car builders are closing their production facilities and the railroad industry is coping with the worst traffic decline since the great depression of the 1930s, some of these recent cheer-leading posts can be construed as mindless.
One nostalgic post per week would be fun, so long as it was in good taste and considerate or sensitive to current conditions. Many who have been let go or furloughed would be angered by this one.
Four or five of these each day is getting in the way. Perhaps there is a more appropriate forum elsewhere for these posts.