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During 1947, Nickel Plate added 51 permanent new industries and 27 temporary industries. and major plant expansions to the long list of customers it has served for many years. In addition to manufactured goods, the agricultural products raised on the million farms of Nickel Plate Road's states are vital to the life of this country and a food-hungry world. The railroad serves Chicago and many other large livestock market cities.


The Nickel Plate Road stretches from Buffalo, N. Y., Sandusky and Toledo, Ohio, to Chicago and Peoria, Ill., and St. Louis, Mo.; and from Michigan City to Indianapolis, Ind.; and from Fort Wayne to Connersville and Rushville, Ind.

Buffalo, which lies in the heart of the Niagara Frontier Region at the Gateway to Canada, is important to the railroad as the eastern gateway where connections are made with other lines for the east and the seaboard. Here, too, is located the Niagara Frontier Food Terminal, jointly owned by the Erie Railroad and the Nickel Plate. This huge establishment represents a total investment of $7,500,000 and is a $60,000,000 industry. Over 95 per cent of the food supply for the Buffalo area passes through its doors.

Buffalo is self-styled, both as a "City of Diversified Industry" and the "Transportation City," for railroad transportation is the city's largest industry. Within the metropolitan area there are over 15,000 employees on the 12 railroads, the payrolls of which average more than $2,500,000 a month. Ten trunk line railroads including Nickel Plate, serve Buffalo, and in addition, two industrial roads serve the inner harbor area. Buffalo has 14 freight terminals and three passenger terminals.

While New York State holds its prime position in wealth and population because of the industry and commerce of the large cities, it is essentially rural. It ranks seventh in the United States in value of agricultural income. A little less than one-half of the farmers' cash incomes


NKP-served factories, like this one (left, below) fabricate millions of dollars worth of goods annually. Many get their iron and steel from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois, whose mills produce two-thirds of the nation's output. The Gary-Hammond area of Indiana (right, below) is one of the greatest iron and steel centers. Photo by Ewing Galloway

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