Old Freight House?

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Re: Old Freight House?

Postby nyandw » Sat Nov 24, 2018 9:24 pm

fender52 wrote:Steve, Bob's photo is actually labeled 8-66. There are others dated around the same time when it seems he went up the branch taking photos. As for the baggage/frt house, if I talk to my uncle, I'll ask. He was in freight around that time. His memory is still pretty good and still can tell you about freight on the east end.


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Re: Old Freight House?

Postby nyandw » Mon Nov 26, 2018 12:29 am

nyandw wrote:
fender52 wrote:Steve, Bob's photo is actually labeled 8-66. There are others dated around the same time when it seems he went up the branch taking photos. As for the baggage/frt house, if I talk to my uncle, I'll ask. He was in freight around that time. His memory is still pretty good and still can tell you about freight on the east end.


Kevin, Please write down or record his recollections about east end freight. I can post it as an anecdote, or we can even do a Q&A as I have done with other folks and posted. Exciting to get the first hand scope from those that were there. "have at it!" Thanks.
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Re: Old Freight House?

Postby fender52 » Mon Nov 26, 2018 9:57 am

Steve,

I will talk to him. He was the one that helped with the post office car and baggage car for newspapers at Mineola. I know there was a story of him almost setting fire to mail car on a trip back from Greenport after a very long night......lol
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Re: Old Freight House?

Postby fender52 » Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:58 am

Steve,

I received some information from my uncle on the per diem and pasted an edited version below:

"The prime example of the per diem game was RBOX a huge fleet of box cars leased to various carriers that enabled investors to gain per diem and most importantly depreciation.

On the operating side, the per diem game took place (until the early 1980's , late 70's when per diem began to be computed hourly not daily) at the interchange every night. All railroads had a per diem train designed to get everything possible off line, in our case west-bounds, just before midnight since everything on your line at one minute after midnight belonged to you for a full per diem day.
Our train was the MA16 which reported Hillside yard at 4 PM and was designed to get the east end west-bounds off at Fresh Pond late that evening and bring the PC/Conrail"s per diem train, the LI2 back to Hillside.

This created some interesting dynamics. The engineer/conductor wielded a lot of pull since they could walk the train, refuse to take anything they considered a cripple, pump up the air, double over. The umpire of the game was the CR, PC block operator at Fremont (Fresh Pond) who controlled the interchange and determined arrival times. You had to watch him since somehow time stood still if the LI2 was running late."
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