Issue 13 and Volume 54.

STEEL CARS VERSUS WOODEN CARS. As a means of reducing the number of head-on collisions in Europe, a London comic paper several years ago suggested that a railroad director be compelled to ride on the front of every locomotive. If this were the rule on the New Haven Railroad, an election of a new board of directors would be necessary every few months. We believe that it was former President Mellen who said that the introduction of steel coaches would not reduce the possibility of fatalities. The best proof of this is demonstrated occasionally on the Pennsylvania Railroad, which uses steel coaches on nearly all of its passenger trains. During the past few days accidents have happened on the Pennsylvania where certain death would have come to many had not the cars been of steel. Instead of crumpling into shapeless masses like egg shells, they were only marred and slightly…

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