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Freight Conductors' Train Book



Freight Conductors' Train Books record the engine, crew, and cars for every train a conductor rides during some period of time, usually one or two months.  The train book reproduced here is by a conductor named J.A. Traud who rode the Laramie to Rawlins, Wyoming, Union Pacific mainline and recorded the trains from October 26 to December 6, 1951. 

Most conductors kept their records on the lines provided in the train books, but Traud wrote his on separate sheets and then pasted the sheets into the book:

Format of Traud's Train Book

The images that follow include every page in Traud's book.  Click to view each one.  The organization is by the train ridden - for example, "Traud 2", "Traud 2a", and "Traud 2b" are the pages for the 2nd train he rode.  The date the train departed is to the right of the link.   "Traud 2" gives an overview of the train - the time and place it left and arrived (Laramie is "566" and Rawlins is "683", meaning mileposts 566 and 683), the engine and caboose numbers, the names of the crew, etc.  "Traud 2a" and "Traud 2b" are the records for the indivdual freight cars - road name and number, weight, content, destination, etc.  For most trains there are two images of car records and they usually overlap.  We tried to avoid blurred images, but sometimes it was not possible to scan a completely clear image without damaging the book.  Please note that the cars are listed in reverse order:  The first car listed is the last freight car in the train, just ahead of the caboose.

You may use these images for any non-commercial purposes you wish, but if you publish or e-publish them or information based on them , please mention the Laramie Railroad Depot Association as the source.


Instructions to conductor

Traud 1      10/26/51
Traud 1a    10/26/51
Traud 1b    10/26/51
Traud 2      10/26/51
Traud 2a    10/26/51
Traud 2b    10/26/51
Traud 3      10/27/51
Traud 3a    10/27/51
Traud 3b    10/27/51
Traud 4      10/28/51
Traud 4a    10/28/51
Traud 4b    10/28/51
Traud 5      10/29/51
Traud 5a    10/29/51
Traud 5b    10/29/51
Traud 6      10/29/51
Traud 6a    10/29/51
Traud 6b    10/29/51
Traud 7      10/31/51
Traud 7a    10/31/51
Traud 7b    10/31/51
Traud 8      10/31/51
Traud 8a    10/31/51
Traud 8b    10/31/51
Traud 9      11/02/51
Traud 9a    11/02/51
Traud 9b    11/02/51
Traud 10    11/02/51
Traud 10a  11/02/51
Traud 10b  11/02/51
Traud 11    11/09/51
Traud 11a  11/09/51
Traud 11b  11/09/51
Traud 12    11/10/51
Traud 12a  11/10/51
Traud 12b  11/10/51
Traud 13    11/11/51
Traud 13a  11/11/51
Traud 13b  11/11/51
Traud 14    11/12/51
Traud 14a  11/12/51
Traud 14b  11/12/51
Traud 15    11/13/51
Traud 15a  11/13/51
Traud 15b  11/13/51
Traud 16    11/14/51
Traud 16a  11/14/51
Traud 16b  11/14/51
Traud 17    11/15/51
Traud 18    11/15/51
Traud 18a  11/15/51
Traud 18b  11/15/51
Traud 19    11/16/51
Traud 20    11/17/51
Traud 20a  11/17/51
Traud 20b  11/17/51
Traud 20c   11/17/51
Traud 21    11/18/51
Traud 21a  11/18/51
Traud 21b  11/18/51
Traud 22    11/18/51
Traud 22a  11/18/51
Traud 22b  11/18/51
Traud 23    11/19/51
Traud 23a  11/19/51
Traud 24    11/20/51
Traud 24a  11/20/51
Traud 24b  11/20/51
Traud 25    11/25/51
Traud 25a  11/25/51
Traud 25b  11/25/51
Traud 26    11/25/51
Traud 26a  11/25/51
Traud 27    11/27/51
Traud 27a  11/27/51
Traud 27b  11/27/51
Traud 28    11/28/51
Traud 28a  11/28/51
Traud 28b  11/28/51
Traud 29    11/29/51
Traud 29a  11/29/51
Traud 29b  11/29/51
Traud 30    11/30/51
Traud 30a  11/30/51
Traud 30b  11/30/51
Traud 31    12/03/51
Traud 31a  12/03/51
Traud 31b  12/03/51
Traud 32    12/03/51
Traud 32a  12/03/51
Traud 32b  12/03/51
Traud 33    12/05/51
Traud 34    12/06/51
Traud 35    12/06/51
Traud 35a  12/06/51
Traud 35b  12/06/51

A Microsoft Excel file of the Traud train book is now available:     

The file consists of several workbooks, some of which feature drop-down "filters" which allow one to view only selected records.  For example, the filters on the "Cars" workbook allow one to view only the cars from train 15, or only PFE cars, or only cars headed for Council Bluffs that are also in train 12.  

An Excel viewer is available from

You may download or use this Excel file for any non-commercial purposes you wish, but you do not have the right to copy it or portions of it to any other website without the written consent of the Laramie Railroad Depot Association.  If you publish or e-publish information based on it, please mention the Laramie Railroad Depot Association as the source.