annex A. This record is used for a 24-hour period, beginning with a
new sheet at 0001 hours and terminating at 2400 hours each day. It
is kept in the dispatcher's office. Each train dispatcher signs his
name at the upper left corner, and makes note of the time he works as
As this portion of annex A shows, R. M. Muske was the
dispatcher on duty from 0001 hours to 0800 hours; he was followed by
B. K. Kanoles from 0800 hours to 1600 hours and by L. Cosgrove from
1600 hours to 2359 hours.
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number, the place, and the date are entered near the top of the sheet
in the space provided.
In the upper right corner are entered the
gives an up-to-the-minute picture of what train movements are taking
place on the main line of the entire rail division at any given time.
Immediately above the list of stations are squares to record the
time the crew reported for duty and the time they were relieved.
Look at annex A and observe that the crew for Extra 2020 East
reported for duty at 0100 hours, leaving Nitsu at 0130 hours and
arriving at Uozu at 0615 hours. The double diagonal line in the time
relieved square means that the crew did not get off duty at the end
of that run. Now look at the westward section; this same crew made
the return trip on passenger Extra 2032 West. They arrived at Nitsu
at 1032 hours and were relieved from duty at 1100 hours.
A record of the weather along the division is kept in the lower
right corner if the sheet. This information is gathered and recorded
four times each day by the dispatcher.
ice, snow, or high winds reduces the tonnage a locomotive can pull
over a division; if the weather is severe, the tonnage of trains must
be reduced to maintain speed.
Notice in annex A that the names of the stations on the rail
line are listed in the center column.
On the left of it, the
distance is listed and numbered from the point of division origin to
the end of the division, given in the superior direction.
right of the station column, the siding capacity of each station is
listed. This information is particularly important on a single-track
line where trains must meet and pass, because trains should not
contain more cars than the sidings can hold if they are to clear the
main line and allow other trains to pass.
The top line running
horizontally across the sheet is headed "train symbol." The number or
symbol is given of each train running during the period covered by
the record. Regular trains are listed in the blank columns beginning
nearest the three center columns and extending outward in the order
of their departure times.
In military train operations, however,