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Old 10-10-2016, 01:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Cardigan View Post
Do you suppose railroads still hire 'bulls' or 'bull-men' anymore? They were the brutal guards railroad companies hired to seek out and rough up hobos who tried to hop freight trains in the early 20th century.
Plenty of Railroad police aka bulls still around. They still kick people off the freight trains. But their primary duties were not "brutal guards ...hired to seek out and rough up hobos", they also performed many security duties, Today many are certified law enforcement officers.

wiki: "Some of the crimes railroad police investigate include trespassing on the right-of-way of a railroad, assaults against passengers, terrorism threats targeting the railroad, arson, tagging of graffiti on railroad rolling stock or buildings, signal vandalism, pickpocketing, ticket fraud, robbery and theft of personal belongings, baggage or freight. Other incidents railroad police investigate include derailments, train/vehicle collisions, vehicle accidents on the right of way, and hazardous materials releases.
Old 10-10-2016, 02:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Grestarian View Post
I'm surprised nobody else has mentioned this one.
Then again, perhaps someone is still making money at it:

Daily Herald

Yeah, as in "New York Daily Herald" and various other newspapers which took their names from the age-old job*. A herald (or harold) was a guy who shouted really loud -- announcing the entrance of important people and telling people the news, originally of the court and the royal business.
Heralds did more than that, they also registered Coats of Arms, and did political envoy work.

They still register arms:


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