A switching list for Train No. 1 on Friday, August 22, 1986.
Here's the instructions and a few comments.
DO NOT EAT AT WIS RAPIDS S/O AND SPOT SHORTS AT DESTS TAKE ANY AND ALL CARS
FOR 165 THRU! CARS FOR 148 WILL BE S/O AT 148 BY JOB C
||This train had a of of work to do this day and
a stop for food was not in the works. Crews were limited to twelve
hours at a time, and they would need all of it to make Merrillan before the
"Shorts" are single cars
consigned to a specific on-line shipper destination, as opposed to a cut of cars destined
for another railroad.
"148" was Merrillan
(milepost 148) - "Job C" was the Merrillan to East Winona
and back train. There was enough work for Train #1 that work at the
end of the run would have to be done by the next crew.
AT 24 - S/O IF ANY, AND P/U WEST CARS
|"24" is Black Creek (milepost 24).
Setout any cars, and pick up any cars heading west.
AT 50 - S/O AND P/U WEST CARS, LINE UP EAST CARS FOR NO 2 TO GET SAT.
Manawa. Again, local cars were set out and cars heading west were
picked up. Cars that were heading east were lined up on a storage
track and eastbound Train No. 2 would pick them up the following day.
Cars were set in the proper order for
Train No. 2 because these was limited room for switching in Green Bay
in the crowded Norwood Yard.
DOWNTOWN SPOTTING: STORAGE TRK- SPS318390 RBOX42763
is a 50' double-door boxcar and RBOX 42763 was a standard 50' Railbox
boxcar. For both cars, the "contents" column states
"X" for empty; and the "destination" column is
"212" (East Winona.).
Similar photos: RBOX
42764 and SPS 318395 from
BRING DOWN 2 PLUG DOOR MTY BOXES, SPOT 1 AT DR 34 AND 1 AT DR 33
The doors is probably a reference to
Sturm Foods, located near the end of the spur which extends into downtown
The SPS and RBOX boxcars being
foreign roads needed to be spotted first. You're paying per diem
charges on every foreign car on your railroad, so you always spot them
ahead of loads in your own cars - which cost you nothing extra to hold -
if you can't spot everything.
SPOT BN 222836 B M PDR AT DR 31. IF HAVE ANOTHER MILK PDR WILL HAVE TO BE
SPOTTED WEST OF DR 31.
222836 is a 50' double-door boxcar. "M
Pdr" is milk powder.
AT 82 - S/O PROPERS IN YARD, SOO CARS ON
TFR. P/U ANY WEST CARS FROM SOO.
"Propers" are cars destined
for industries located on the GB&W. Cars destined for the Soo
Line are set out on the transfer track and cars heading west are picked
BEFORE SOO COMES DOWN, 13 ON TFR, 13 ON 1 TRK, 2&3 CLEAR
crew would spot 13 cars on the Soo transfer track, 13 cars on yard track
1, and tracks 2 and 3 were left empty.
AT 87 - SHOVE DOWN THE 2 CARS NOW AT DOORS 1&2: SPOT IN THE 2 CARS FROM
YOUR TRAIN AT DOORS 1&2.
is Stevens Point.
The switching instructions are for
the Ore-Ida canning plant.
AT 96 - S/O AND P/U
is Wisconsin Rapids.
AT 148 - CHANGE CREWS.
is Merrillan. A new crew ("Job C") came on duty to take
Train No. 1 the final 64 miles to East Winona, and then return to
Merrillan as eastbound Train. No. 2.
That was quite a busy trip for the
crew that night. They would have tied up in Merrillan right around midnight.
is the dispatcher.