1. What did interlocking tower men do? Obviously, if you worked somewhere like Porter or Delray, you would be working hard. But what about a shift out in the country, say Wasepi, Alba, of Vassar? You line up a few trains on your shift, but what else? Read a book? I have to believe that the railroad must have provided some "busy work" for those guys to do during their down time. Otherwise, it seems like it would be a dream job.
2. Picture that you are a station agent at a small town railroad depot, let's say Rochester. I come into the depot, and I want to travel by train to Los Angeles, and be in a sleeping car, at least from Chicago on. What procedure would you use to get me the proper tickets? When I was a kid, agent Walt Dernier used to always chase me out of the station whenever he had tickets to sell, so I always imagined that it was a complicated procedure.
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