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Railroad Agent
Posted by BaltACD on Friday, August 18, 2023 4:43 PM

Ulrich
What were the responsibilities of a station agent in a smaller community? Was he/she responsible for all aspects of running the station i.e. selling tickets, unloading of baggage cars, station maintenance etc? Just curious.. station agents often lived in accommodations above the station, suggesting that the job involved alot more than 9 to 5 and was more of a lifestyle commitment. 

In the mid-20th Century - YES.  The only exception is that the Agent generally lives in a house in his community.  The Agent was also frequently involved in Railway Express Agency business and was frequently the Western Union Telegraph representative in town.

 

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