First published on January 31, 1925 in Krasnaya Gazeta No. 25.
Printed from a typewritten copy.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, pages 454c-455a.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Comrade Fomin, People’s Commissariat for Railways
Please arrange with Gosplan, P.C.R. and the Thermal Technical Institute about the terms of a competition for diesel locomotives, taking account of the C.L.D. decision of 4/I–22. It is highly desirable not to lose time for using funds which may happen to be available during the fulfilment of orders for steam locomotives, to obtain diesel locomotives which are much batter for us. Please inform me personally without delay about the results of any agreement you may reach.
 On January 28, 1922, Y. V. Lomonosov sent a telephone message informing Lenin of a conference he had had with G. M. Krzhizhanovsky, Prof. L. K. Ramzin and Deputy Head of the Technical Committee of the People’s Commissariat for Railways P. S. Yanushevsky, about the construction of diesel locomotives. See also this volume, Document 613.