One thing i've noticed in my rooting around in my own small archives
is the use by the DL men of backs of old forms for notes to themselves &
others. In the final days of passenger service & later I noticed a couple
pieces of paper sticking out from the rear of a framed notice at the side
entrance (loading dock) of the Scranton station. The notice itself was a
prize, but I got a screwdriver & slowly worked the peces of cardboard out
from the rear of the frame & saw that they were notices for an excursion to
New York in 1935 but that someone had re-used them for a weather report in
February of 1937 (the year of my birth). Written in pencil was "Scranton -
8am 30 o, partly cloudy & light snow." Noon, clear & 42 o. I mentioned
before thatthe DL&W company telegram forms had, in heavy black letters at
the top, "BE BREIF". I guess it was ingrained in the DL guys to utilize
paper forms as scratch paper after using them for regular business.
The framed notice that the old forms were behind was just inside the
entrance from the loading dock & was a maroon paint background similar in
color to the paint on the E-8s. The lettering was gilded (gold leaf perhaps)
& read as follows - BOOKING AGENTS, TOUTS, PEDDLERS, AND BEGGARS
ENTERING THIS BUILDING
Hey, no two ways about this!! You are warned!! I imagine any peddlers or
beggars that might presume to bother the passengers of the Company would
soon find themselves on Lackawanna Avenue with one or two bumps on their
heads from the nightsticks of the railroad bulls.
I'm going to try & post an attachment of the front of the lod cardboard
notice which now graces my (copy) of a regulator clock which bongs the hours
in my front bedroom. A little bird told me that Sammy got all the real
regulator clocks from Johnson City & some other agencies. I wonder if he got
the one from the conuctors break room on the 2nd floor of the Binghamton
passenger station. It was huge & a beauty........larger than the ones in the
By the way, Mr. Bahrs, I want you to know how tickled I was with the
foto of theold milk car on the cover of ur Volume 3. I rooted around to find
the foto I took of this relic still serving the Company in Cortland, NY. as
a toolhouse or whatever in the 60s.
Walter E. Smith
>To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
>Subject: Re: (erielack) DL&W document from 1948 Rail Safari
>Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2005 23:29:03 EDT
>In a message dated 9/16/2005 8:31:17 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
>Has anyone else on the list seen one of these?????? Perhaps Bob Bahrs has.
>Many of the consist printed in Railway Milk Cars Vol 3 came off those
> The conductor for every through line train dropped one off at
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