I kind of like it. I tried for years to hire on with a freight railroad, and eventually the application process started feeling like I was just slamming my head against a brick wall because I never got anything useful out of it, just pain and frustration. I went over to public transit light rail and I'm decently happy here. I like it because I'm home every night (well, maybe every morning - I do a lot of yard jobs from 20:00 to 04:00) and it's fairly simple as long as you keep an eye on your speed and slow the fuck down when you see a yellow signal. I don't like switching as much, though. Kinda takes the challenge out of the game when every piece of equipment can move itself under normal circumstances.
I'm on track to make roughly $38k this year if I don't do any overtime at all, but this is the railroad, so I get plenty whether I want it or not, so I'll probably end up closer to $50k. That's just at the first year's pay, though. I get a cost of living raise every year, and my pay goes up quite a bit every year for the first five years until I max out the pay scale.