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    Default What happens to the paperwork when a car is dropped to a customer?

    I know the conductor is responsible for all the paperwork for the train. When cars are cut out, whether at a yard, dropped for transfer to another railroad or at a customer, where is the corresponding paperwork left? Is it put on the cars, in a secure location or is new paperwork created by the receiving company?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NSNYSWFAN74 View Post
    I know the conductor is responsible for all the paperwork for the train. When cars are cut out, whether at a yard, dropped for transfer to another railroad or at a customer, where is the corresponding paperwork left? Is it put on the cars, in a secure location or is new paperwork created by the receiving company?

    Sounds like a good question for @DJSTRAINS
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    Back in the eighties I found numerous train orders on the side of the track outside of town. Man, I should have kept them. Now in days everything gone digital, well almost.
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    Back in the days when the conductor carried a stack of waybills for the cars he had in the train, the waybills for cars set out would be given to the local railroad agent, probably in the station of the town where the customer was located. That was where the conductor would pick up waybills (or empty car orders) for the cars to be pulled too.

    If there wasn't an agent, there would often be a bill box. This was often a mailbox at the station with a switch lock on it.

    If using car cards and waybills, the pick up/set out boxes simulate this pretty well.
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    The reason I asked this was I thought of using a caboose as a "office" for the local crew. Since I'm roughly modeling the 90's to present day, I figured it would be a good place for the paperwork. I didn't know about the switch lock, but that would work for the caboose door.
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