Jobs on the Alton Southern
Transfer jobs can run anywhere on the system and their start time denotes when they are called. The normal routine is for these jobs to pick up and deliver trains to various connections throughout the day, but transfers also can work on-line industries if needed. One transfer job goes to the Terminal Railroad’s Madison Yard every day, which runs with a TRRA caboose. The motive power alternates between A&S and TRRA every three months. On arrival the crew leaves the power on the train and taxis back to its home terminal, which eliminates a return move with light power.
- St. Louis Bum
This job interchanges with Union Pacific at its 16th Street Yard in downtown St. Louis and returns running via the MacArthur Bridge.
- Hump Job
The A&S has a double hump at Gateway Yard, so normally trains are being humped at the same time by two crews.
- Bull Ring Job
Keeps humped cars from rolling out the other end of the yard, and clears tracks as needed.
Classifies cars and does anything else the yardmaster needs at Gateway Yard.
- Hostler Herder
Herds motive power at Gateway Yard and spots it where needed.
- Monsanto / River Yard Job
Works Solutia and runs to Fox Terminal and works the port yard there.
- North Short Job
Switches on-line industries, including Metro East Industries. This job can have just about anything on it.