Re: Per Diem

Larry Jackman <Ljack70117@...>

On the Un Pac at Salina and Topeka KS it was a must to get interchange cars on to the interchange By 11:59 PM. One night we had so many cars for the Mo Pac that they all could not fit on the interchange so the engine forman left them all coupled up and hanging on to out tracks. When the Mo Pac pulled them the pulled every thing then turn in a time slip for switching on the the Un Pac. They collected and the forman never did that again.
By the way at least on the Un Pac and John Santa there is no time called 12PM or 12AM. Every thing is 11:59PM, 12:01AM, 11:59AM or 12:01PM. No such thing as Noon or Mid-night.

Thank you
Larry Jackman
Boca Raton FL 33434
I want to die in my sleep like
my grandfather did, not screaming
like the other people in his car.

On Dec 24, 2007, at 2:59 PM, Anthony Thompson wrote:

Armand Premo wrote:
Can anyone explain Per Diem?How were the rates assessed,collected and
The rates were uniform nationally, and each railroad paid its
accounts owed to other roads monthly.

As a car moved from one road to another did the per diem charges move
with the car, or was the originating road still responsible for
payment of these fees? Cars generally were moved by midnight to avoid
another day's per diem charges.
Yes, the midnight rule did apply, but no one made "special"
midnight moves if they cost much extra; you were only saving a few
dollars. Of course, if cars were to move to an interchange track
sometime during the night anyway, you would try and schedule it for
pre-midnight if it was convenient. But I think modelers tend to greatly
exaggerate the importance of this detail.

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