A Radio Talk by Charles F. Kettering
America emerges from this War as the strongest military Nation in the world. This may seem strange to many of us because we are not a military minded people. A second look into this seeming contradiction shows our military strength came in part from our great pre-war industries. One of the oldest of these is the railroad. It has played a major role in achieving the great Victory today. But it has also been an important factor in building America for more than 100 years.
The year 1830 is an important one to
all Americans because it was in
that year the locomotive "Tom Thumb"
ran a race with a horse-drawn
car at Baltimore. It was in that year that the first locomotive, "Best
Friend of Charleston," was placed in regular service on any American
railroad. And the next year the "De Witt Clinton" made its first run
from Albany to Schenectady.