1966 - Comrade Lin Piao Writes Inscription for the 20th Anniversary of the Naming of the ’Mao Tse-tung Locomotive’
OCTOBER 30 marked the twentieth anniversary of the naming of the “Mao Tse-tung Locomotive,” a locomotive honoured with the glorious name of our great teacher, great leader, great supreme commander and great helmsman Chairman Mao. On this occasion, Comrade Lin Piao, close comrade-in-arms of the great leader Chairman Mao, wrote the inscription reproduced on the following page. It reads in full as follows:
The people’s revolution under the guidance of Mao Tse-tung’s thought is the locomotive for the advance of history.
Lin Piao October 27, 1966
On October 30, a meeting, called in Peking by the Ministry of Railways and the Railways Ministry Political Department of the Chinese Communist Party, joyfully and enthusiastically celebrated the great happy event of Comrade Lin Piao’s inscription and the twentieth anniversary of the naming of the “Mao Tse-tung Locomotive.” The more than 1,000 delegates present declared that they would resolutely carry out Comrade Lin Piao’s instructions and, together with the people throughout the country, bring about a new upsurge in the mass movement to study and apply Chairman Mao’s writings creatively, that they would make a special effort to study the “three constantly read articles” [Serve the People, In Memory of Norman Bethune and The Foolish Old Man Who Removed the Mountains] as maxims so as to revolutionize their thinking, start up the locomotive of revolution and valiantly go full steam ahead along the tracks pointed out by Chairman Mao.
For the past 20 years, the crew of the “Mao Tse-tung Locomotive” has consistently raised high the great red banner of Mao Tse-tung’s thought and made outstanding achievements in class struggle, the struggle for production and scientific experiment. They are the revolutionary locomotive fighting on the railway transport front and a fine example for railway workers throughout the country to learn from.
In his speech at the meeting, Minister of Railways Lu Cheng-tsao said that Comrade Lin Piao’s inscription is an immense inspiration and the most important directive to railway workers throughout the country, and that they must resolutely respond to the call of Comrade Lin Piao, raise high the great red banner of Mao Tse-tung’s thought, be wholeheartedly dedicated to the revolution and become the locomotive of uninterrupted and continued revolution.