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Abbreviation Question
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Author:  mldeets [ Mon Nov 11, 2013 8:54 pm ]
Post subject:  Abbreviation Question

The following question was submitted to the Mid-Continent RHS webmaster. I thought I'd pose it to this broader audience:
"I stumbled onto your website and am hoping you can shed some light on two rail passes I have that belonged to my grandfather.

He was a "car mechanic" in the 1930's and these 2 passes are from the Alabama Great Southern Railroad Co. and Southern Railway Co. for 1936. He was listed as a "Jt. Car Repr." and I've not been able to find any site that has references to workers. My father remembers that he was a woodworker. Any light you might be able to shed on the abbreviation and could pass on would be most appreciated.

Thank you

Thanks in advance for any insight.

Author:  Dennis Storzek [ Mon Nov 11, 2013 9:25 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Abbreviation Question

Well, since I used to be a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, I'm going to hazard a guess that his title was "joiner" (the trade of cutting joints for frames) and whoever made out the passes thought the term had a t, as in joint, and abbreviated it as Jt. But, that's just a guess.

Author:  mldeets [ Wed Nov 20, 2013 8:50 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Abbreviation Question

Thanks Dennis,
I thought I'd bump this one more time to see if there are any other thoughts.

Author:  JimBoylan [ Thu Nov 21, 2013 4:15 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Abbreviation Question

Joint Car Repairman, similar to Joint Car Inspector?
Someone who inspects damaged rail cars in company with a Joint Car Inspector from another railroad, often at a junction. The idea is to come up with an impartial report of the details of the damage, which can't be disputed after the blame is assigned. At very large junctions like St Louis, Mo., there were Joint Car Inspection Bureaus to supply impartial inspectors.

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