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Stories we hope to share here may be about an particular event, co-workers, the things former Missouri Pacific employees remember from their own experiences on the railroad. The more down to earth and descriptive of the personal side of their job, the better.
A side benefit we would like to see is if posting these stories can in some way help put former Missouri Pacific employees get in touch with each other.
We will always continue to add more stories as told by former employees of the Missouri Pacific, and any interesting information we come across.
First in order - a short description of the depot duties.
Superintendent - 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 of traffic.
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 of them.
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.
Bull - A special agent, patrolman or railroad policeman.
Ham - A student telegrapher.
Slinger - A railroad telegraph operator.
Dummies - Clerks who worked as yard checkers.
Head - Someone who does his job well.
Trainmaster - 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.
Demurrage - Tariff charges assessed against consigned for detaining freight cars beyond their specified time limit.
Division - 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
Tariff - A published schedule showing rates, fares, charges, classification of freight, rules, and regulations applying to various kinds of transportation and incidental services.
Flimsy - Train order
Down at the Depot
the early days of railroading, the local depot usually was little more
than a shack. Inside was the agent's bunk, his telegraph key, a pot-bellied
stove and an iron safe.
"For the most part, this was one of the best parts of my life." (Former-MoPac employee James Blagg - Concordia and Omaha Sub's)
- A demerit for violation of rules. (See Book of Rules.)
Canned - Discharged or dismissed from service.
Rule G - Railroad work rule against the use of intoxicants.
Run-Around - If an employee is not called for work in turn, he/she may claim pay for the run which he/she missed. In such cases, it is said he has been given a "run-around."
Whiskers - Age or seniority.
Laredo, Texas - Missouri Pacific station (night-w/InterAmerican)), Jan 78 - © Gary Morris Photo
San Antonio, Texas - MP 2311 works switching duties at San Fernando yard in San Antonio in 1983. It passes by the old International Great Northern Depot. Compare to the shot at the top - Jay Glenewinkel Photo
MPRR Employee Feature Pages - Input from all former-MPRR Employees welcome!
Special Thanks to All the Former Missouri Pacific RR Engineers and Employees
who have contributed their lives to the Railroad and their unique knowledge to this site:
James Blagg MPRR Telegrapher-clerk, Concordia and Omaha Sub's, 1973-1987
Bob Currie MPRR Engineer DeQuincy Division, 1972-1990 (engineer 1973-1990)
Daryl W. Favignano MPRR Mechanical Engineering Dept. at St Louis, 1974-1986
Jay Glenewinkel MPRR/UPRR Crew Van Driver, 1992-1997
Nathan Griffin MPRR/UPRR, Hoskins Junction, Clute, Texas, 1975-Today
JD "Tuch" Santucci MPRR Engineer, Dolton and Villa Grove, IL , 1978-1985
Recommended Websites operated by former MPRR Employees:
Bob Currie's MISSOURI PACIFIC DeQuincy Division - MP Engineer
Hot Times on the High Iron by "Tuch" Santucci - MP Engineer
Missouri Pacific Railroad Memories by C.E. "Cliff" Satterfield - MP Superintendent
B.M.W.E. Union, Lodge # 0455/Missouri Pacific System Federation
MPRR Employees Service Forum - Devoted to sharing information of former MoPac employees. Feel free to post names or information of those who worked on the railroad -- former MP Employees are Welcome!
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