Smitie, I always enjoy the high quality pictures and posts you bring, thanks for continuing to post!
How does one aquire work as an engineer on a US railway?
Preferably not CSX
Apply online and pray that their Magic Application Analyzer 3000™ chooses you.
>>3939>Wanting to work for the railroad.
I remember when I was foolish and naive like that. Then I started working for one and you realize how they've taken just about all the fun out of it and make working by the rules comparable to watching old people fuck.
Save yourself the misery and just get a real job.
Sup fellow jaded railroader? I've given up on it entirely. I'm trying to move from buses to light rail, but only because it's not nearly as draconic as freight rail. At least I'll be moving on a regular basis and not sitting in sidings all day.
I don't sit in sidings. I pretty much just switch cars and work industries. Riding on the mainline is still enjoyable for the most part, but being on an extra board where you never get out of the yard for 3 weeks gets old.
I pity the young people starting today… 36 years ago they ask can you work hart? … if yes welcome to the rail industry!!… today I will not even get a job as a cleaner with my school qualifications… lets say that schooling did not agree with me.. at 16 I started in the Army for 2 years and strait into the Railways and Harbor ..history done
I never seem to see too many cis white males running light rail.
when I interviewed at Pan Am I was told the yard jobs were the most popular because the people got to go home at the end of the day.
That's a stupidly broad statement. Industry and yard jobs can be good or bad. There are some that old heads will never go on because they're a lot of work.
A lot of older guys actually go on regular assignments that tie up away from home because riding is easy and nice.
The term for that is a "turn."
OT I always thought it'd be a good idea for them to put a door on the left side of those kind of locomotives as well.
Front door on the left side, rear door on the right side behind the engineer.
Except that it's pretty well blocked by the control stand and the engineer's seat.
The BCOL engine I was on today had two back doors. One on the engineer's and conductor's side.
I hear the complaints about the job, but I too am interested in joining the railroad.
Right now I'm an OTR truck driver. Rail work has to be better than this right?
Depends. Kinda depends on which railroad and terminal you hire on out of. It's a lot of the same flavors of trucking.
Right now I'm pulling reefers, so I know I'll be doing a lot more outside work than right now.
As for terminals, I live in Jacksonville, FL. So as far as I know, CSX, Norfolk Southern, and FEC have major yards here.
Right now I'm usually out for 2 months at a time, so even though the work will be harder, I'll expectmuch more hometime.
No scurvy for you today!