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Old 12-15-2011, 05:21 AM   #1
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Anyone work for a Class 1 or Shortline RR?

Just curious with the size of the site if there are any T&E employees that work for one of the Big 4, Amtrak or a shortline??
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Old 12-16-2011, 03:49 AM   #2
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Wow, this many members and no other conductors or engineers here?
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I work for Union Pacific. I am a conductor/brakeman and remote control locomotive operator.
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Old 12-26-2011, 03:58 AM   #4
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CSX...(Crash, Spill, Explode)....on the old B&A line (Boston to Albany).

I'm a conductor holding an X-board in a terminal that has no originating trains, cause I hate the hotel stays...IF I go west it's always a one-way and deadhead. Mostly yard work in an intermodal terminal.

Altho the last year myself and the other guy on this board have been dubbed "Professional Flagmen", lots of bridge raisings for future double-stacks.

We get a move every 14 days......so I bounce around a bit when I need a change. For some reason tho I always gravitate back to this board, when I go to the one of the other 3 terminals I take a road, yard or local, never a board. Heck it's only for 14 days...

Sorry to hear that you guys have RCO.....I move around to avoid engineer school, I can hold better on the ground.
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I work on LRV. Not really the same as you freight guys but still on 4' 8 1/2" track
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I work on LRV. Not really the same as you freight guys but still on 4' 8 1/2" track
I love freight, first off cause it can wait......and best of all it doesn't talk back or blow you in.....

This is my second career, I already retired from one......and I'm counting down on this one.
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I love freight, first off cause it can wait......and best of all it doesn't talk back or blow you in.....

This is my second career, I already retired from one......and I'm counting down on this one.
I would LOOOOOVE to get into freight. But I've heard you have to know someone to get a job in that field.
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I knew nobody.....still not even sure why I went this route..applied online got an interview a week later and off I went to Atlanta Georgia for training......but I do like my job, especially the guaranteed x-board....last worked thursday, 2nd out w/no jobs today tomm is rest day....hoping to make it all the way til the saturday yard extra...life is good...

I look every day at job listings, I gotta work 9 more years......w/6 years seniority invested and todays economy, I'm guessing I'll be switching for the next 9 years...

I had 25 years in at a large Global Pharmaceutical Company in the safety dept as a Firefighter/Haz-Mat tech/EMT and when I retired I was free to go anywhere and after interviewng at NS down south, felt that I would do better here in the Northeast, I watched other new guys struggle here w/the 5 years to 100% but owning a home where I could work in any of the four terminals in Massachussetts (especially cause I didn't have to live there..LOL) was a decision that paid off for me....I understand that things are different out west where the terminals are more scattered...
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I knew nobody.....still not even sure why I went this route..applied online got an interview a week later and off I went to Atlanta Georgia for training......but I do like my job, especially the guaranteed x-board....last worked thursday, 2nd out w/no jobs today tomm is rest day....hoping to make it all the way til the saturday yard extra...life is good...

I look every day at job listings, I gotta work 9 more years......w/6 years seniority invested and todays economy, I'm guessing I'll be switching for the next 9 years...
Right on man, that's some encouraging new because UP has a position open that I'll be applying for today. I really wanna land that job cause the freight world seems very fascinating. What kid when they're growing up doesn't like trains hahaha.
Btw, what's x-board?
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Old 12-26-2011, 05:48 AM   #10
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Well for the record, I'm not a buff or anything.....I just thought that it looked like a good job w/decent money and I am an outdoors kinda guy.

The x-board is where they fill vacancies for vacations, sick days, personal days and extra trains that do not have an assigned crew and also flag jobs. I get a 2 hour call to report, if I don't make a certain amount of money in the 2 week period they supplement it w/a guarantee...if I beat the guarantee I keep it. I have to remain available 6 days a week 24 hours a day, with a mandatory 10 hrs off after I work a job.

We have 5 boards in a 200 mile radius in 5 different terminals the other 4 boards are all junior guys that can hold nothing else and have to be there , myself and the 1 other man on the board where I am can hold those boards as well as a bunch of regular jobs in the various terminals but we like the diversity of where we are.....
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Hey guys i'm matt new to the form thought i'd tell you about the company I work for. I'ts HERZOG and they deal with pasenger and fright rr.If you guys are looking a job with the railroad you should check out there website for job openings its a great company to work for in the rail industry.

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That's not a bad gig at all. The job I'm going to apply for is in Texas(beaumont to be exact) so I'm not sure where they run. But it's something I'd think I'd like a lot. I'm an outdoors kinda guy myself and also like diversity. Routine work gets too boring for me.
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I can tell you a few things......

The railroad for most....is the best job you'll ever hate..

It's a lifestyle, not a job, nothing like anything you've ever done before...we make decent money for the lifestyle we live...it's not for everyone.

and 3, you can't make up some of the stuff that you'll experience....

The rules are brutal, you'll have a chance to buy insurance (not from the employer) for when you get put in the street for doing something stupid....having it is piece of mind. I got 7 days last year because I got off a car before it fully stopped, I made more staying home that week.
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Oh shit!!! 7 days off?! That's crazy. But I can only imagine how strict the rules are cause I know it is a dangerous line of work. My GM came from the freight world and has told me a few stories that were fatal and near fatal.
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I'm a conductor for BNSF Railway have been there 8 years in May (3rd week of vacation next year YAY!). I work the Butte Subdivision for the last 6 and half years in the Powder River Basin.
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I'm a conductor for BNSF Railway have been there 8 years in May (3rd week of vacation next year YAY!). I work the Butte Subdivision for the last 6 and half years in the Powder River Basin.
Wow that must be some gorgeous area to work...we go thru the berkshire mts for about 25 miles of a 200 mile trip.the rest of is is rural or mostly of armpit beauty..I can't wait for that week 3, 2 more to go...LOL

I had 7 weeks total at my last job, coming here w/these f'd up hours sure was culture shock to say the least....
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Wow that must be some gorgeous area to work......I can't wait for that week 3, 2 more to go...LOL

I had 7 weeks total at my last job, coming here w/these f'd up hours sure was culture shock to say the least....
I'm second generation so I knew what I was getting myself into, for a while my dad and I were working the same pool and everything. Yeah it is pretty I take it for granted when ever I have a student conductor it reminds me how it is. I can't wait for that week 4 that's a few years away .

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I'm a conductor for BNSF Railway have been there 8 years in May (3rd week of vacation next year YAY!). I work the Butte Subdivision for the last 6 and half years in the Powder River Basin.
I worked for BNSF in alliance from 97-02. My dad was an engineer out of Edgemont making the Gillette run, but I think he retired.
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I worked for BNSF in alliance from 97-02. My dad was an engineer out of Edgemont making the Gillette run, but I think he retired.
I hired out in 04 so just a little after you left.
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Hey guys i'm matt new to the form thought i'd tell you about the company I work for. I'ts HERZOG and they deal with pasenger and fright rr.If you guys are looking a job with the railroad you should check out there website for job openings its a great company to work for in the rail industry.
Just curious......are they Union? Site doesn't give much info...

Doesn't quite look the same as working for a Class 1.
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