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**richardspitzer**Hello, I would like to know if each freight car has something like "home yard". I know if a railroad has a "foreign" cars on their line (for example UP has some BNSF cars), they need to return them to origin ASAP, otherwise they have to pay money for this.

I'm just curious because I have a small shortline layout in train simulator and I would like to do all operations as real as possible. Let's assume I have a train with 5 loaded freight cars which goes from station A to station B. When train arrived to destination (B), engine is uncoupled and switcher sets out cars according to Switch List.

But what after unloading? In real life "foreign cars" should be returned. Let's assume first three cars from head end should be returned to origin, station A. How yard crew in station B will know it? Few years ago I have found "Car Cards & Waybill System" Access app (which is for model railroaders) and there is a car roster with field "Home Yard". This home yard is also printed on each car card, so in this case yard crew in B gets car cards from inbound train and will know which cars should be returned to A.

But I know car cards & waybill system is more for model railroaders. So I would like to know if something like this exists in real life.

I'm just curious because I have a small shortline layout in train simulator and I would like to do all operations as real as possible. Let's assume I have a train with 5 loaded freight cars which goes from station A to station B. When train arrived to destination (B), engine is uncoupled and switcher sets out cars according to Switch List.

But what after unloading? In real life "foreign cars" should be returned. Let's assume first three cars from head end should be returned to origin, station A. How yard crew in station B will know it? Few years ago I have found "Car Cards & Waybill System" Access app (which is for model railroaders) and there is a car roster with field "Home Yard". This home yard is also printed on each car card, so in this case yard crew in B gets car cards from inbound train and will know which cars should be returned to A.

But I know car cards & waybill system is more for model railroaders. So I would like to know if something like this exists in real life.

**How yardmaster or switch crew in destination know which car should be returned and where?**Is it only about computers?