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Re: Some more info...
Folks, this information is nothing new -- trust me. One way or another, the dispatching system requires this information. I presume nowadays, most of it is entered and transmitted into the "system" electronically. Before computerized dispatching, the chief dispatcher or operator would give us the "mark up" on each train which included the on duty time, conductor, engineer, locomotives, caboose # or EOT #. We would then get the loads, empties, tonnage and length in feet from the initial station, as well as a break down on all "shorts" -- cars to be set out enroute. We would eventually get info regarding any pick ups enroute, which included loads, empties, tonnage, feet. From the final terminal we would get arrival, cars in, cars handled, max cars and the crew off-duty time. There were also entries for initial and final terminal delay. All of this info was recorded on the train sheet. This information was also used for the payment of crews along with their own timeslips. All of it was for both operational and legal purposes.