1948: Lateness of Yugoslav Trains is Laid to a Damaging Angle

BELGRADE, Oct. 19 — An investigation into the dilatory habits of Yugoslav railroad trains has uncovered a unfavourable perspective on the a part of some prepare personnel, the Communist organ “Borba” revealed right now.

In a single case a prepare crew, seduced by visions of roast pork, paused close to the Croatian city of Klenak and, abandoning the prepare, took off for the nation honest at Shabats, throughout the Sava River, the place they purchased themselves a sow and 5 suckling pigs.

And in Svetozarevo, mentioned “Borba,” the sign man was drunk the entire night time. This kind of factor plus mandatory repairs on the mainlines and lack of excellent coal for the locomotives is making trains later than ever, “Borba” complains. In July the common prepare was twenty-two seconds late per kilometer, in August it was twenty-five seconds behind kilometer schedule, and in September thirty-seven.

With an acute scarcity of transportation these delays are pricey to the nationwide financial system. “Borba” blames “poor group, poor technical coaching of officers and lack of self-discipline amongst particular person officers,” and mentioned that Belgrade districts have been exceptionally unhealthy. The administrators had change into mere statisticians and did nothing to appropriate the delays.

— The New York Herald, European Version, Oct. 20, 1948

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