Re: Frt Car Distribution, diversions, routing et al

Larry Jackman <Ljack70117@...>

When I was a clerk on the Un Pac At Topeka and Salina Ks we never followed the rules. If a box car was not marked return to XXX when empty we used the empty cars as we wanted. The lead engine would put the empties in to a track. Then if 40 cars were needed for loading at various industries the house engine would pull the first 40 cars from which ever end of the track an spot them where ever they were ordered. Nobody cared who owned the car. To us it was an out bound load.
Once in a while there was a note about a car going the wrong the wrong direction. We would read the note and continue as we wanted. Nobody were ever singled out or reprimanded for it.
Thank you
Larry Jackman

On Aug 13, 2008, at 12:49 AM, Anthony Thompson wrote:

Dan Holbrook wrote:
Yardmasters did not supply cars to industries. Unless it was a large
industry with specific switching requirements most yardmasters did not
have time nor want to deal with the industry/customer.
You are right, and I should not have implied that yardmasters
themselves assigned any cars. I was thinking (obviously less clearly
that I should) that yardmasters would have directed the work, but I'm
well aware that the yard clerks would have been processing the empty
car orders to hand over to the switch crews.
No one has said that the Car Service rules were NEVER followed,
but quite a few former employees have said that no great effort was
expended to follow them whenever cars were in short supply or time was
tight. It sounds like you agree with that, Dan.

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