Re: Freight car Distribution

Anthony Thompson <thompson@...>

Greg Martin wrote:
The cars were loaded, released and the shipper filled out the bill of lading/waybill. The shipper took the completed paperwork to the agent's office; the agent signed the waybill and gave a copy to the shipper. The waybill generated an invoice. The agent had the duty of checking the protocols for the routing (generally marked on the bill as "Shippers Route") and if it was all correct he had a clerk telegraph of the car movement instructions and waybill number to the billing office. The waybill copies were sent to the billing office for processing.
The account I was given for the 1950s identified the bill of lading as filled out by the shipper, but the waybill prepared by the agent--often without complete rate info as the agent may not have known all the subtle details. And in the 1950s the agent handed that paperwork to the conductor on the local that picked up the car (or to the switch foreman on a city switch job). Clerks downstream from that point would check and correct (if needed) the waybill.

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