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    Default RTO - Railway Travel Office for the Forces ?

    Hi all I would like to ask for help with abbreviation RTO.


    1. I have found out it can has following meaning:
    - Railway Travel Office for the Forces

    Would anybody confirm it?

    2. If yes I suppose this office was at all railway stations? Or only on stations near any army/navy/RAF base? What was the purpose of this office? To control travelling warrants and produce railway tickets?

    I will be thankful for any additional info.

    TIA

    Pavel

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    Pavel,

    RTO - Railway Transport Officer, i.e. a person, not a place.

    Also some discussion on this subect previously on the old forum, at:

    http://www.rafcommands.com/cgi-bin/dcforum/dcboard.cgi?az=show_thread&om=2650&forum=DCForumID 6

    Errol

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    Many thank Errol,

    it seems to me I have translated the reminiscence incorrectly that I was thinking it was an office:

    "After waiting there for hours at the R.T.O., I was picked up by a station – transport."

    Pavel

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    Pavel,

    Perhaps both interpretations are correct - i.e. a Railway Transport Officer would, presumably, have a Railway Transport Office (or at least a shared office) from which to work from.

    Errol

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    Hi,

    It might be worth mentioning that RTO can have an entirely different meaning within the aviation context. On large contracts, to monitor contract progress and act as liaison, the MOD establishes a permanent presence on the contractor’s site, known as the Resident Technical Officer, usually from the technical Civil Service.

    Regards

    Allan

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    Thanks to everyone. I agree with Errol that it might be both - Railway Transport Officer and also Railway Transport Office. Or the second meaning was just created in mind of airmen who when in the office of Railway Transport Officer simply think they are in Railway Transport Office? :-)

    Pavel

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