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The goal of the Southern Pacific Railroad laboratory is a research and control program for reducing maintenance costs of diesel engines with future service as an important consideration. The Southern Pacific Railroad has undergone the transition from wood to coal to diesel fuels. It has evolved from a company that was required to maintain many secondary industries to support the main railroad function. Rolling mills, foundries, and chemical plants owned and operated by the railroad, to supply its own materials have become unnecessary, because of the growth of more efficient complements outside the company. The railroad industry is concerned with providing the most efficient form of transportation, whether it be by rail, pipeline, truck, or a combination of these, such as piggyback.
Thomas, E. R.
Supervisor of research and development, Southern Pacific Co., Roseville, Calif.