Re: Hoppers on the Rutland


benjaminfrank_hom <b.hom@...>
 

Armand Premo wrote:
"...only reporting what was on the Wheel Report."

Rich Orr replied:
"We all know handwriting can be difficult to read at times and typos
do occur. Considering the location of the T and R keys on a
typewriter, a typo is entirely possible if this is a typed list. I
was just pointing out that MRR is not a reporting mark for the
Montour."

I have scanned copies of some of Armand's Wheel Reports.

1. The entries in the reports are hand written.

2. The entry indeed reads, "MRR".

3. The same clerk used shorthand for other roads, i.e., PRR was "PA"; NYC was "C".

Bottom line - examination of wheel reports and shifting lists revealed that clerks and conductors used shorthand and abbreviations in their paperwork. The researcher must be aware of this when analyzing these documents.


Ben Hom

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