Consist book, etc.

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Sun Jun 25 02:24:45 EDT 2006

June 25, 2006

Thanks for the clarification, Jim. I'll look forward
to hearing from you in the future if you poke around
the Archives and discover other consist books.

Some railroads also had a booklet for baggagemen
guidance called "U.S. Mail Work," or variations on
that title. I've seen these for the C&O, but none for
the N&W. That's another publication I'd like to see,
if it turns up. It mainly discussed forms and
reporting for U.S. Mail traffic, as well and handling
separations that were to be put off at particular

Best wishes,

Frank Scheer
f_scheer at

Date: Fri, 23 Jun 2006 07:45:46 -0400
From: nw-modeling-list at
Subject: Re: Thanks for the info...
To: "N and W Modeling List"
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Glad to be able to provide some information.

The copy of the Consist Book that I have was obtained,
if memory serves correctly, well prior to the Society
having any type of archives. My
copy appears to be a "copy of a copy" and wouldn't be
a good candidate for publication. That being said,
there is no reason why someone couldn't retype it if
the Society were interested in pursuing it. I don't
believe the Commissary has ever sold anything like
this; nor do I have any idea if the powers that be
would be interested in this type of thing.

I have never had the time to look through the tons of
paper at the archives for this or any other consist
book. My guess is that there were other years
issued periodically, as traffic patterns changed and
adjustments to consists were made. It would be
wonderful to determine what consist books did
exist, and hopefully, bundle them all together in one

Good luck with your presentation.

Jim Brewer
Glenwood MD

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