Stampede Helper Deployment: September 11, 1943
Allen B. Johnson, Dispatcher, to Austin Webster Ackley,
For your consideration and recommendation to the proper authority I submit the following means of conserving power also using Z-3 engines to the best advantage during the present and probable future increase in business over the First Sub-division. At the present time we have eleven Z-3 engines in service, two Z-3 engines, 4009 and 4012, undergoing repairs. On the First Sub-division we have ten W-3 engines and one Class A engine (2601).
Under the new arrangement, power to be distributed as follows:
W-3 engine to be used as helper engine or as road engine between
At Lester four Z-3 engines to be used as helper
engines and road engines between Lester and
o Two W-3 engines to be used as helper engines
At Auburn seven Z-3 engines and engine 2601 to
be used as road engines between
Z-3 engines to be used as pusher engines
The manner of handling under this arrangement would be as follows:
W-3 road engine Z-3 pusher 3,750 tons out of
W-3 engine change off for a Z-3 engine on the
westward train to handle train to
Westward trains handled by Z-6 or W-3 engine
· In the event eastward trains delayed and W-3 engine not at Lester to change, one of the helper W-3 engines would be used and W-3 arriving Lester on delayed train inserted in helper service to balance.
W-3 road engine and W-3 helper out of
This will necessitate the holding of at least
one Z-6 engine for service between
[Handwritten note from Ackley]: Involves shortage of helper when a train is delayed for any reason at the [ ] will work when trains properly spaced.
SOURCE: Papers of Allen B. Johnson, Collection of James M. Fredrickson. Submitted by John Phillips III.