Worked the Agent/Operators position at Salem, IL in 1966 with a start time for the job was 2230. The Eastbound #12 was due around Midnight. Upon arriving at the station the freight room had to be checked for whatever mail bags USPS had deposited for furtherance on the RPO's on #11 and #12. Normally it was only a couple of bags for each train, however, there was a hunting magazine that was published and printed locally and when that happened there would be several hundred 'pigs' to be sorted (pig is a small, but heavy, mail bag for the magazines). When it was a magazine night, it took most every minute to get the pigs sorted and loaded on the baggage cart to be ready for the arrival of #12. Very few people showed up to buy tickets for passage, but that was also a duty of the job. The Westbound #11 was scheduled around 0600. Another duty of the job was to physically check the interchange track between the M&I (Missouri & Illinois - a UP subsidiary) to verify if the cars had been interchanged before or after Midnight - a few years later, per diem began to be calculated on a hourly basis rather than the daily basis at Midnight. The hardest part of handling 'baggage' was when Military remains from the Vietnam War were received off the baggage car and transferred to one of the local funeral homes who had been notified of the shipment schedule for the remains and would be on hand to accept the remains. My first two years on the railroad, I worked what were nominally 'flat land' locations, trains would pass me with the engines operating at less than full throttle to manage their speed and their trains. In the Summer of 1967 I got instructions to work the Operators job at Bakerstown, PA, after having transferred from the St. Louis Division to the Pittsburgh Division. The office at Bakerstown was about 30 car lengths from the top of Bakerstown Hill - the ruling grade on the P&W Subdivision between Glenwood Jct. and New Castle (the original route of the Capitol Limited before the P&LE trackage rights agreement). Every Train Order station has a 'bell circuit' that notifies the Operator of the approach of the train and in normal circumstance the Operator will notify the Dispatcher of the train's approach, so he can issue a Train Order if he desires. At Bakerstown one could hear the head end power, in the 8th notch, a minute or more in advance of the bell being actuated - the B&O being primarily an EMD road, it was the chant of 4 to 6 EMD's on the head end of a 100 car coal train and another two GP9's shoving (PA had a state law that with helpers of GREATER than 3500 horsepower, the caboose could not be occupied). With the train insight, the power emitted a crescendo of the 567 chant passing the station at 10-12 MPH with the engine's load meters right at the threshold of their short time rating. Welded rail had not been installed yet, and you got the repetitive clinking of the axles crossing each rail joint. After about 30 cars passed, the speed of the clinking started increasing at a faster and faster rate and then the next thing you know you see the markers of the caboose approaching and the GP9 helpers that are throttling down as once they get past the station they will cut off from the train on the fly and await the Operator to line the crossovers and give the hand signal to permit the helpers to proceed downgrade for their next shove. That was 1967 - in the early 1970's the P&W's double track route was converted to single track CTC. When CSX sold off the former B&O Buffalo Division to form today's Buffalo & Pittsburgh RR, the B&P got trackage rights from Eidenau into New Castle on the P&W Sub. In the early 2000's CSX decided to stop using the P&W except as necessary to handle Amtrak between Glenwood Jct and the NS connection to the former PRR station in Pittsburgh. In 2017 the part of the P&W from Allison Park to the NS connection was leased to the Allegheny Valley and the part from Allison Park to New Castle was formally least to the B&P. It was a way of railroading that would not live to see the 21st Century.