HEAD BRAKEMAN - A new man who does all his thinking
with his feet.
Target of criticism for the rest of the crew. He can generally add
short columns of single digits if not rushed.
REAR BRAKEMAN - The conductor's stooge; a lazy fellow
ignorance who bosses the head brakeman, tries to act like an old head
while silently contemplating on how he would do the work were he the
CONDUCTOR - A grouchy individual, void of soul, with a
flat feet. Continually advising rear brakeman as to both handling women
and running engines.
FIREMAN - A mental midget with a pointed head, hero
the engineer. He is usually found talking to beanery queen or trying to
figure his time. Also coaches student brakemen.
ENGINEER - A marked success story, an authority on
financial matters. Can usually write his own name. Has a burning envy
roadforeman; spends most of his time at the water tank taking slack or
CALLER - An absolutely friendless character who takes
delight in making calls to short when you want to eat and too long when
you want to sleep. Passes the buck and sheds crocodile tears for the
rawhided crew. Apathetic soul when timeslipped.
DISPATCHER - Dot-dash expert wired for sound. Tonnage
hog and side
track artist. A see all, knows nothing, poor guesser whose hobby is
ROAD FOREMAN - A rare blend of talent and tact. A
job taken by
those engineers with a marked inability to handle switch engines.
Usually promoted at insistence of customers to prevent further damage
ASST. SUPERINTENDENT - Typewriter expert greatly
impressed by his
own importance. Loves to make tests and instruct students. Chief
qualifications: learn to smoke cigars and look intelligent.
SUPERINTENDENT - A brakeman or switchman who couldn't
columns of single digits, abhorred criticism; couldn't act like an old
head because he didn't know how to do the work. Chief qualification;
a name with a nice ring to it to go on the timetable.