When Selkirk-Cedar Hill were running (SK-Beacon-Danbury-Devon-NH (Cedar Hill Yd), until "qualified", we had a variety of "NH Pilots", who would run freights like they were running 2 car Budds! I remember Noel, he was a good frt "runner", who understood the "up and down" profile of the Maybrook Branch (such as it was) from CP 58 on the Hudson Div, up the Beacon Secondary to CP Hopewell (Jct), then on to the Maybrook Br "proper". The "pull" out of CP 58 thru the city of Beacon, was tough...tight curve over the 'jump over" bridge across the Hud Div, then another tight curve, then a reverse curve...well you get the idea, it was not easy running (and if we had a "Budd Car" hogger, we'd be in the "hole" with either a pulled air hose, knuckle or worse, a drawbar)...
Anywhew...on crews, Hudson Div trainmen got the work, as Noel says, the engineers split between the Hud and NH. When we ran SK-Oak Point, very high seniority (T and E Hud Div) were on those jobs...you have to remember, we were paid milage, and SK-Devon-Oak Pt, it was
183 miles (almost 2 days, based on 100 mile day)...now let explain, you never really made it Oak Pt under the 12 hout law, so you were paid "continous time" to from where you "outlawed" to your destination (either SK/Oak Pt). Also, this was one of the last jobs on the Hud Div (NY State?), where we had 6 man crews:Conductor-Engineer-Fireman-Head Brakie-Rear Brakie and Flagman---the extra Brkmn was put on by the Company under the "Luna Agreement", so instead of a protected trainman staying home and collecting "rocking chair" money, they put him to work.
Always liked working the "CH" jobs, good people, good money, good times...the accommodations in New Haven, now that is another story!