I had the strange combination of terrible misfortune (its a long story...) and good luck to meet up with Ethan Brown--a local from the Stephentown, NY area--who donated these old Freight waybills to me. Many thanks Ethan, these are very cool...
What's a Waybill?
A freight waybill is a receipt created by the railroad companies summarizing shipping instructions. The waybill shows the forwarding and receiving station, the names of consignor and consignee, the car initials and number, the routing, the description and weight of the commodity, instructions for special services, the rate, total charges, etc. These days, waybills are of course all digital.
Where is Stephentown?
Stephentown is a small town in Rensselaer County, New York, near the Vermont border. The Lebanon Springs Railroad ran through it which later became part of the Rutland Railroad,
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Stephentown Historical Society