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When, in 1935, Congress provided for federal regulation of inter-state motor transportation by the Interstate Commerce Commission,it made applicable to the Commission's regulatory orders with respect to motor carriers the same system of judicial review which it had devised for orders relating to railroads in the Urgent Deficiencies Act of 1913.' This invoked not only the naked statutory review provisions but also, at least by analogy, the mass of judicial decisions applying the 1913 legislation to Commission orders involving railroads. The statutory provisions for review of orders of the Interstate Commerce Commission have been codified into Title 28 of the U.S. Code,sections 1253, 1336, 1398, 2284, 2321-2325 (1952). They have two principal features: (1) such orders are reviewed by a United States district court composed of three judges (with exceptions discussed below),and (2) from the judgment of the three-judge court a direct appeal lies to the Supreme Court.