The following subparagraphs discuss two of the reports a car
distributor uses in performing his duties: The yard situation report and the
consolidated empty car report.
(1) Yard situation report. Figure 2.1 shows a yard situation report
for Maxey Yard at 2400 hours. It includes columns for practically all types
of empties, although those on hand are principally boxcars and hoppers.
Empty tank and empty refrigerator (reefer) cars do not appear on the report.
Empty tank cars travel on revenue waybills to specified destinations; empty
reefers almost always belong to private companies and are handled in strict
accordance with the owners' standing instructions.
Six-Hour Situation Report.
(2) Consolidated empty car report. The number of empty cars shown on
the consolidated empty car report.