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Re: What was Eddie actually carrying with him?


I was just looking over these lists. They are quite interesting.

In my opinion, there is nothing excessive or out of place. These are all things that would be expected from a motel and a traveling gentleman in 1961. In fact, they are almost too typical. If it were not for the garish umbrella (see the Sood’s inventory) I would argue that Eddie was not a real man but someone who was made up to seem like a statistical average. I often carry a fingernail file with me traveling because they are handy for all sorts of things—and I am far from well groomed.

A curious thing about the clippers: I had never used that style of clippers, but since I got a pair to represent an object, I tried them out. They take a bit of getting used to but are basically like using the more common type.

Keep in mind that men groomed themselves better then. My father always wore a tie. He would never have traveled with a liquor flask and a shot glass, but he was a bit prudish.
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What about The ATSF timetable and/or notebook.

The timetable is a manual sometimes utilized (at that time) by passengers, but mainly utilized by employees. By the 1960's, the vast majority of ATSF's traffic was freight, not passenger traffic. The timetable descibes a specified line of road details for the train (length of track, length of sidings, location of industries, speed limits, grade problems, locations of road intersections, height of tunnels for oversized loads etc.) and railroad employees are required to carry one with them for the territory they are working on at the time.

When a train crew travels (Conductor, Engineer, Firemen, geometry crew etc.) they will stay at local motels (many times in the middle of nowhere) before taking a return trip the next day. Since there is a limit on the number of hours some railroad employees can work in a day and freight trains don't necessarily run on a schedule, they will spend a lot of time at the local hotel waiting until they are able to return back home and will need to have personal hygene and entertainment items with them.
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In addition, if there is no crew for a train at a location, or if there is no return trip train after a reasonable period, the train crew may "deadhead" to or from a location via local transportation such as a bus and thus would need a one-way bus ticket which would be paid for by the railroad.
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Your knowledge of the railroads is exquisite. Perhaps you have given us the insight we need to identify Eddie. Are you saying that he must have been a Santa Fe employee?
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