I first want to thank the members for submitting technical details and topics. Now I have a few questions left unanswered that hopefully can be resolved. I understand the number of crewmen operating a line of cars hitched to an engine would vary depending upon the number of cars. I was hoping we could identify the different positions of each crewman making the train operational. I also understand there are differences applicable to the use of the trains.
On the Locomotive- Engineer and Fireman and any others (how many of each).
On the follow-up tanker car- ?
On freight cars (box design)- ?
On cattle cars (? design)- ?
On flat-cars- ?
Coach or passenger cars (each)- ?
Was there a caboose with a crew- ?
I have an ulterior motive in asking this question, beyond the basic understanding of crewmen and their duties while the train was being operated.
A conflict of perspectives has arisen over reports being made after the Gettysburg Battle. One medical officer decries the railroad men as being heartless, uncaring, uncooperative, and only interested in the pecuniary gain for it's service. On the other hand, General Haupt has desired these same men to be given special notice for deeds of brave and necessary duty.
So my real question is; should the railroad men be held accountable for succoring the wounded, cleaning the cars before and after use, and showing special and time-consuming favors when the trains were running nearly beyond their means and capacity, already loaded with obligations?
The necessary documentation I bear reference with/to is found in Volume 27, Part 1, within the first 30 pages.
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