50 minutes at its starting point awaiting a mail car from a connecting
In handling this train, the dispatcher has three choices: (1)
giving the crew a run-late order to run 50 minutes late from origin to
destination; (2) issuing no restricting orders and permitting the crew to
make up as much of the 50 minutes as possible during the run from DN to AY;
or (3) giving the crew a wait order which would specify the earliest time
the train could depart the stations shown in the wait order, discussed in
If the dispatcher gave the train a run-late order, it would read as
No. 19 Engine 3130 Run 50 Minutes Late Conroy to Maxey
This order would change No. 19's leaving time at each station. Its
regular schedule is shown below in column 1; its revised schedule in column
This order would not help No. 19 because it does not permit the
train to make up any of the 50 minutes. Of course, inferior trains might
find it helpful. When a dispatcher issues such an order, he is said to be
"putting out time" on the scheduled train involved.
Actually, he is
amending the timetable schedule for the particular train for the particular
trip. He is, in effect, granting to others the use of the time represented
by the difference in minutes between the advertised and the run-late time.
If the dispatcher takes no train-order action, however, the delayed
train would be free to make up some of the time.
The dispatcher would
advise anyone who inquired that the train was late and would give its
reported--OS--time past the last station. However,