Freight

Car-Cards and Waybill (CC&WB) Handling

  • Crews never rotate the waybills
  • Each waybill has a colored dot to aid in routing and blocking of cars on trains.  See below
  • If you find a waybill without a colored dot, report it to the dispatcher to be fixed immediately.

Waybill Markings
Colored dots and highlights on the waybills are used in routing cars onto trains.

  • To simplify the initial routing of cars all waybills have a colored dot(s) to indicate the area of the layout of final destination.  The documentation of each job indicates how the routing dots are used by that job.
    • Red – East Staging
      • Single Red Dot – Baltimore (R1) (Through blocks from St. Louis)
      • Two Red Dots – Baltimore/Washington DC (R2) (From Cincinnati)
    • Orange – Chillicothe to Midland City
    • Yellow – Columbus
    • Purple (Grape) – Midland City to Mdisonville
    • Blue – Cincinnati Terminal Division Locations
      • Single Blue Dot –Cincinnati (C1)
      • Double Blue Dot –Ross Industrial (C2)
      • Three Blue Dots – Norwood (C3)
      • Four Blue Dots – Oakley (C4)
      • Five Blue Dots – GM Plant (C5)
    • Violet – Berry Yard (to N&W)
    • Green – West Staging
      • Single Green Dot – St. Louis (G1) (Through blocks from Baltimore)
      • Two Green Dots – St. Louis (G2) (From Cincinnati)
      • Three Green Dots – Louisville (G3)
  • The B&O runs three service types for it’s customers.  The specialty services are indicated by a highlight on the upper left corner of the waybill.  These highlights are only applicable for the through service to/from staging.  The services and the highlights are the following:
    • Perishables and Sentinel Service (green highlight)
      • Trains 98/97 contain green highlight cars
      • Reefers and Boxcars
    • Time-Saver (orange highlight)
      • Trains 94/95 contain orange highlight cars
      • Focus on LCL and TOFCEE cars
    • General Freight (no highlight)  See below for trains providing special services.
      • Trains 88/BLST, 102, and Extras

Help – If you encounter a waybill that does not contain a dot or dot is wrong inform the superintendent.

Freight Car Superiority

There are times when trains there are too many cars to add to a train.  In those situations the most superior cars should be added to the train using the following guidelines.  If a train is already on the line, do not remove cars from the train.

  1. Green highlight on Waybill (Reefers before Boxcars)
  2. Orange highlight on Waybill
  3. Reefers
  4. TOFCEE
  5. Boxcars
  6. Covered Hoppers and Tank Cars
  7. Open Cars (Flats, Hoppers, Gondolas)

Car-Card Boxes at Towns (Locations)

  • Most towns/location has a single set of four boxes for car-cards.  These are for the drop-off and pickup of CC&WB’s
    • Pickup – The cars that are to be pulled from the industries.  Some cars may get pulled from an industry but cannot be added to the train.  These cars go to another track and the car-card and waybill return to the Pickup/Pull box.
    • Setout – CC&WB’s of cars that have been dropped off.  Never pull the CC&WB’s from here.
    • Hold – CC&WB’s of Cars that are not to be moved this session.  All of these cars must be returned to their proper spots.
    • Off-Spot – CC&WB’s of cars not yet spotted.  These cars should be spotted before cars from the train, unless the cars in the train are of a higher priority.  If your cannot spot a car properly at the industry, place it on a side track and put CC&WB in off-spot box.
  • Some towns seem to have multiple sets of boxes.
    • Norwood – One set of boxes for GM Plant, a second set of boxes for all other industries
    • Blanchester – One set of boxes for Hillsboro branch and it’s industries.  Second set of boxes for local industries on North (rear) side of the main line.
    • Greenfield – One set of boxes for the DT&I Interchange and a second for all other industries.

Car-Card Boxes at Yards (Including Staging)

  • At yards, the boxes are numbered for each track
    • Number are usually counted from the main line
    • St. Louis and Louisville are the exception.  The tracks are counted from the front fascia.

Spotting Cars

  • Multiple spots – Some industries have multiple spots.  If the waybill indicates a specific spot, then deliver it to the spot.
  • Multi-track loading of boxcars and reefers – Some industries have two side-by-side tracks.  Box cars and Reefer cars are considered spotted if there is a boxcar/reefer on the near track and the far track.  This does not apply to Hoppers or Gons or Flat cars.

Special Blocking (Move to Brighton Yard Job Page)
Train C3 – Norwood Turn – Requires special blocking before it departs Brighton.  The Brighton Yard switcher should do it’s best to execute the blocking.  If time does not permit, then C3 will do it from east end of yard, prior to departing.  Blocking front to rear of train.
Norwood Sash & Door – Spots 2,1
American Laundry – Spots 3,2,1
Graibel 2,1
CW Zimbiel Co – Spots 2,1
Globe Wernikie Spots – 3,2,1
PRR Interchange
US Playing Card – Spots 2, 1
Allis Charlmers – Spots 2,1