What is a Section House?

Discussion in 'Section Houses' started by klrwhizkid, Jul 30, 2020.

  1. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    From Karl Brand via Facebook group, Frisco Rails Across Missouri (note; only accessible by Facebook members):
    "The section house was provided to be a residence for the section foreman and his family. I have attached the layout from the 1906 standard plans that show the structures required for the section gang at its headquarters. A bunkhouse with kitchen was provided to the gang members. Two privies, one for the bunkhouse and one for the section house were also provided. A well provided water for the entire headquarters. The tool house for the handcar/motorcar and the gang’s tools was located trackside.
    The Frisco utilized Section Gangs of three different sizes, i.e., 10 men, 5 men, or 3 men. A Section Foreman, who reported to the Roadmaster, supervised the section men. The gang’s size was determined by the size of its territory and the maintenance level that territory required. A main line section might be 5-6 miles long.
    The 1914 Maintenance Book of Rules prescribed the following. The Section Foreman and his men were responsible for the roadbed, drainage, ballast, ties, tie plates, rail anchors, rail, angle bars, line, surface, elevation, gauge, tamping, turnouts, policing, road crossings, fences, cattle guards, track cars, and tools. The foreman and his gang served as good-will ambassadors between the local landowner and the railroad. The gang was never “off” the clock, and the gang’s duties required that it be out in all sorts of weather conditions.
    The rules prohibited any mode of dress that included the colors red, yellow, or green. The railroad gave the foreman the gang’s only switch key, which was not to leave his possession at any time except for when he was on leave. If the key became lost, the railroad docked the foreman’s salary $0.50.
    In order to carry out its duties, the well-equipped gang had adzes, axes, ballast forks, claw bar, lining bars, side tamping bars, brooms, several varieties of oil cans, hand car/track car, push car, track chisels, tin cups, drill, drill bits files, funnels, grindstone set, extra handles, hand axe, brush hook, track jacks, water keg, lanterns (red, green, white, & yellow), extra globes of the aforementioned colors, track levels, spike mauls, clay picks, tamping picks, pike pole, wire pliers, post hole diggers, track punch, rakes, book of rules, hand saws, scythes, track shovels, scoop shovels, signal flags (red, yellow, & green), spike pullers, 50 foot tape, torches, torpedoes, track gauge, wheelbarrow, whetstones, wire stretchers, monkey wrenches, and telegraph wire."

    Frisco Plan of Station Headquarters.jpg
  2. Karl

    Karl 2008 Engineer of the Year Frisco.org Supporter

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