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THIS MONTH a notable array of new names is added to the roll call of famous American trains powered by Diesel engines of General Motors design — trains signaling something vastly more important than a great stride for ward in railroad operation: the onward march of America itself Running between Chicago and Los Angeles on a new regular schedule of 39 hours 45 minutes is the new Union Pacific Streamliner City of Los Angeles - powered as are all the other trains mentioned here, by Electro-Motive Corporation, a GM subsidiary using Winton-Diesel engines. Likewise cutting a business day from the running time between Chicago and the Coast is the equally fast schedule of the new Santa Fe Super Chief - sped by a 3600 horsepower twin-unit Diesel ; locomotive. And on the heels of these two announcements, comes the*proposed launching of the new City of San Francisco by the Union Pacific early in June — companion train to the City of Portland, M-10001, pioneer 39^-hour train to the Far West —as well as new Union Pacific and Burlington trains, to be put in daily service between Chicago and Denver on a 16 hour schedule — approximately 10 hours faster than present running time. This steady parade of new names finds brilliant precedent in such popular trail-blazers as the veteran Burlington Zephyr and the Twin Zephyrs in ser vice between Chicago and Minneapolis-the M-10000 of the Union Pacific —the Flying Yankee of the Boston & Maine - the Green Diamond of the * • / , . Illinois Central and the Abraham Lincoln of the Baltimore & Ohio-Alton. Not only have these trains established notable sav ings in operating costs, and savings in running time by stepped-up schedules - they have spectacularly in creased passenger traffic and revenues as well. Yet the real significance of these new-day Diesel trains—with their modern styling, their air-condi tioned comfort, their important $ savings of time and cost, their spectacular increase in passenger revenues — extends far beyond the field of railroading or of trans portation. They token the limitless possi bilities for multiplying jobs, for creating new work, for produc ing new wealth by industrial ad vancement — and by the results already' attained, they once more vividly demonstrate that oppor tunity has no ceiling in America. A vast part of this opportunity to day lies in replacing the old with the new — of putting to work the *• * ■ - ■ '(;■ - f - - - ' f ’ ' ' * * ty . . . ’ tremendous advances in tech nology sweated out by the part nership of industry and science, intensified during the years of depression — the job of rebuilding America. The way to increase employment is to create more jobs by making existing goods and services constantly better —greater in value—lowering their cost, not by reducing wages but by greater efficiency, advanced technology and better management. And not only by thus building better the things of today but by pioneering new things to build tomorrow and by making all things more attractive and more desirable, we create wider markets. Whoever in this way serves pro gress most surely serves America.