First in order - a
short description of the depot duties.
- A chief executive officer, who supervises and directs operations over
an entire division. He is responsible for the supply and maintenance of
rolling stock, equipment, the right of way, and for the prompt handling
The Station Agent
- was the man in charge of the railroad station. This job also may include
being the ticket agent, baggage handler and telegraph operator.
Telegrapher - The
telegraph oeprator's job was to keep the trains on schedule, notifying
the train crews of any problems or unexpected trains that may be ahead
Ticket Agent - the
agent's job was obviously to sell the tickets.
- Not actually an employee of the railroad, they were employed by the
"Railway Express Agency," and usually had an office in the depot. Their
job was to ship packages.
Brass Hat - A railway executive, usually a division manager or
- A special agent, patrolman or railroad policeman.
- A student telegrapher.
Slinger - A railroad telegraph operator.
Dummies - Clerks who worked as yard checkers.
Head - Someone who does his job well.
- An executive officer who supervises train service operations on one
or more divisions or on part of a division. He also supervises the operation
of trains at terminals and in yard service.
- Tariff charges assessed against consigned for detaining freight cars
beyond their specified time limit.
- A geographical unit of operation in charge of a superintendent under
whose direction the three essential functions coming under "operations"
are carried out. These functions are the maintenance of way and structures,
maintenance of equipment, and transportation of freight and passengers.
Peeps - Passengers
- A published schedule showing rates, fares, charges, classification of
freight, rules, and regulations applying to various kinds of transportation
and incidental services.