UPRR engineer wrote:When do they decide to call an extra board guy and put him with a pool/turn guy? When theres no guys rested on the turn board? then they start calling off the extra board?
Since nobody else has answered, I'll give it a shot. It's been a while, but yeah, I think that's how it goes for the most part. I was actually a yardman with the CNW, but got in a good number of road jobs (which makes me wonder how quickly the road board was turning). Being from the yardman board, we had the discretion of accepting a call for a road job, or not. I always took them as it's nice to get out of the yard now and then (except for that South Pekin fiasco), and with agreements etc. being what they were, a yardman on a road job could be pretty lucrative. The SOO had a wider separation between yard and road, so aside from transfers, yardmen didn't get out on the road nearly as much.
As for what I think you're asking about the away from home terminal, the crew would stay together for the entire trip. If the crew was pool/extra guys, the crew as a whole would get marked-up in FIFO fashion. Regular turns/assignments you'd go back with that crew on their next start. Of course, that's how it was supposed