Howard Garner wrote:
Per Diem started at Midnight for the railroad.As Dennis pointed out, the customer charge is not per diem, but demurrage. There was not a fixed time for this, and customers could negotiate with the railroad as what this period would be. But typical numbers were 24 hours for loading, 48 hours for unloading, rather than in days. The customer would "stop the clock" by calling the agent (or yardmaster) and telling him the car was ready for pickup.
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