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Old 02-07-2012, 08:05 PM   #1
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Any Railroaders here?

I work for a railroad contractor called XO Rail outta Jacksonville Florida, we are contracted out to FEC, Norfolk Southern, CSX & other Rail Roads to install new signals & crossings.
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Old 02-07-2012, 08:07 PM   #2
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I was looking into getting into this kinda work, maybe even working on an engine after awhile.
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Old 02-07-2012, 08:11 PM   #3
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I have a friend from HS. He got on with BNSF. And he loves his job.
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I work for CSX in Hamlet NC. Been on the railroad for 12 years now. I'm a Locomotive Engineer..

did you start out as a conductor?
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Old 02-07-2012, 08:13 PM   #7
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I work for CSX in Hamlet NC. Been on the railroad for 12 years now. I'm a Locomotive Engineer..
What did you do before engineer? And how did you get on?
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I hired out as a conductor. After bout 5 years they sent me to engineer school. You can go on www.csx.com and view and apply for jobs. You will have to go to conductor school for 6-8you weeks in Atlanta but you get paid to go and they pay for your motel.
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I'm of anyone that works in this field.
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I hired out as a conductor. After bout 5 years they sent me to engineer school. You can go on www.csx.com and view and apply for jobs. You will have to go to conductor school for 6-8you weeks in Atlanta but you get paid to go and they pay for your motel.
how was the conductor position? tough? Currently I work in the road construction field as a job foreman, makes for long hours and a lot of time away from home. Is this what I should expect as a conductor?

I'm not afraid to work just a little tired is all...haha
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I'm currently updating my resume and was going to submit it to CSX as well as NS, I just want a better idea of what I should expect before taking the dive
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The work is not hard at all. A lot of train riding and long days and yes a lot of time away from home but it pays real good. Excellent benefits!!
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Old 02-07-2012, 08:29 PM   #14
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I'm of anyone that works in this field.
Lay tracks in the middle of June in SC and see how jelly you are. I've laid tracks before and it wasn't much fun that's the only real experience I have with rail lines and trains, I got to blow the horn once that was pretty fun.
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I'm well aware of the great benefits and pay but I'm getting to that point in life where I may even be willing to take a pay cut for a little home life....No offense but being that it is union I didn't think the work would be all that hard. Right now a typical day for me is 12-15 hours average, longest being nearly 23hrs!!!

Now that you are an engineer, do you get more time at home as compared to your previous conductor position?

Sorry to blow this thread up but this is really something that has been on my mind...
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Old 02-07-2012, 08:39 PM   #16
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No I'm gone just as much. I will have to admit I love doing what I do but the hours suck. I'm on call 24/7 with the exception of being off 2 days every 2 weeks. When I leave I'm usually gone anywhere from 12 hours to 3 days.
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Hey man I really appreciate the input, this really helps! To look on the bright side I imagine you'll be able to retire way before casual workers.

I'm still going to be back in forth with my decision for a while....
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