Excerpt from Traffic Glossary
In the study of the course in Interstate Commerce and Rail way Traffic, and in daily traffic work, there are used many terms of a very technical nature. These terms may be divided into two general classes: One class consisting of definitions of traffic territories and the other consisting of terms having a special technical meaning, such as basing points. This Glossary has been prepared to provide a ready reference work for those who need a definition of a territorial term or of some term having a technical meaning.
Relative to the territorial definitions, it should be remembered that these definitions are subject to change, in order to meet the various changes in traffic requirements. Like freight tar ifis and classifications, the territorial directories and exceptions are supplemented and superseded from time to time, and it is not expected, therefore, that the descriptions given in Section A will be used in place of the publications carrying the informa tion, particularly 'where actual movement of traffic is involved.
This Traffic Glossary and the Atlas of Railway Traffic Maps are furnished as reference works to be used throughout the course. Much of the information in both of these publications will not be clear to the beginner, but as familiarity with traf fic matters increases, the value of the Glossary and the Atlas as reference works will be more apparent.
An example of the use of this Glossary may serve to illustrate its place in the Interstate Commerce Course. Let us assume that reference is made in the text matter to the term West ern Termini. By referring to page 101 of this Glossary, it will be found that a list of Western Termini points is given. Again, the question may arise as to whether a certain point is in Central Freight Association Territory or in Trunk Line Terri tory. Referring to the definition of each territory, the informa tion can be obtained.
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