Despite the great amount of information in the articles and information on the IBM-Teletype system, I still have significant holes in the paperwork actually used by conductors on the road.
Conductors Car Reports
I have two other books that mention Conductor's Passenger Train and Freight Train Reports:
The SCS-1 book is effective October 15, 1944, and supersedes T-488 as of that date. The SCS-2 book is dated December 1, 1956. They provide the station numbers and car reporting marks to be used in Passenger and Conductor Train Reports. SCS-2 provides a larger list of forms that they apply to, and the form numbers:
- 546 Daily Yard Check
- 1278 Report of Cars Released Subject to Car Demurrage
- 1289, 1290 Station Car Demurrage Record
- 1404 Agent's Reclaim under Per Diem Rule 15
- 1418 Report of Cars Subject to Car Demurrage Average Agreement
- 1454 Agent's Reclaim under Per Diem Rule 14
- 1464 Home Route Card
- 1483, 1487, 2022 Daily Interchange Report of Cars
- 1480 Report of Cars on Hand
- 1581-1582 Conductors' Freight Train Report (listed as 1582-1585 in SCS-1)
- 1591-1595 Conductors' Passenger Train Report
- 1855 Freight Waybill
- Teletype Outbound and Inbound Freight Consists
Although I don't have further information on the Conductors' Freight Train Report, I do have information on the Passenger version from the General Manual of Instructions for Conductors and Ticket Collectors from 1960. This has the instructions for completing the reports themselves, and, perhaps more helpfully, identifies the difference between them. It appears that the forms themselves are identical, but have a different number of copies.
- 1595-1 (5 parts) is for Boston-New York trains.
- 1594 (4 parts) is for all local trains in and out of New York that do not run through New Haven.
- 1593 (3 parts) is for all local trains in and out of Boston and all local trains in and out of New Haven that don't run through to New York or Boston.
- 1592 (1 part) is for all other local trains.
Each part is on a different color paper, and is sent to a different office. I've made educated guesses as to which forms have which colors.
- White - Auditor of Car Service Accounts (all)
- Blue - Superintendent of Passenger Transportation (1593, 1594, 1595-1)
- Yellow - Ass't Superintendent, Grand Central Terminal (1594, 1595-1)
- Goldenrod - Ass't Superintendent, Boston Division (1593, 1595-1)
- Light Green - Auditor of Passenger Receipts (1594, 1595-1)
The Passenger Train Reports are for recording the number of passengers at origination, termination, and certain key terminals. These are recorded per car, and also indicate the type of car. While interesting, probably not something that would be implements on a model railroad. Having said that, we did try something similar at RPI where there were cars (similar to waybills) indicating the amount of passengers and baggage picked up at each station to add something more to the process than just stopping at the station. Not necessary in my one town layout, but something to consider.
However, I have always "known" that the Conductor's report listed the cars starting from the engine. I can't say where I learned this, but I still felt that it was incorrect. I'm a skeptic of "known" things without supporting evidence. So what evidence is there?
Here's what it says in T-488:
3. Insert carbon paper between the wide and the narrow section of your report, and after the initial and the number of the caboose, which must be inserted on the first line commence at the engine and take the initials, number, and kind of each car as it stands in the train.
9. Caboose number, or number of car used as caboose, must constitute the first car number entry, followed by other cars in the order of their appearance behind the locomotive.