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Hey, so I've been lurking here for about a year now. I'm not sure if y'all have had this question asked a whole ton before (though I'd bet you have, somewhere along the line), but here goes. These days, are the railways (US) good to work for? Class 1 or Class 3 or in-between, I don't really care, I'm just wondering if the railways take care of their employees and if the job is good. Hardship obviously comes with every job, but do the cons outweigh the pros in this industry? Thanks y'all.

Puc unrelated.


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This is an unuusual locomotive, so I did a bit of digging:

"The only Spanish Franco-Crosti was equipped with a preheater below the boiler, so the overall height was considerable. It was originally planned to have preheaters at the side, when conversion of a MZA 1400 was contemplated.

I have seen it said that the most striking feature is that the exhaust "was placed in the center of the boiler, through the barrel" which would seem to be highly impractical in that boilers tend to be rather full of heating tubes. Having said that, this picture does seem to show something that looks rather like a chimney half-way along the boiler. The gas route currently remains rather a puzzle."

As for working for the railroad, it's a shitshow according to everyone I know that does.


>Do they take care of the employees.
No, not really.

If you're young, willing to work shitty hours, outdoors, doing large amounts of dangerous manual labor, it's alright. You make a decent enough living but if you work in transportation you won't have a life.

The track department and car department are pretty nice, but they're even more physically demanding with less pay.

This shit isn't for everyone, somedays I even wonder if I made the right call getting caught up in it.


From hat I gather transportation is a shitshow with low pay and long hours, and freight is better with more pay but the longest hours. It's not something everybody should get caught up in, but if you like it, by all means, try


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Interestingly, FS Class 743 which was featured prominently in Saving Private Ryan had a similar arrangement. Preheaters (but on the side) and twin smokestacks arranged near the exterior of the center of the boiler.


You do get railroad retirement though, but thats instead of social security.

Other than that… eeeeehhhhhhh no, get an admin job with the railroads. That way the worst things you'll have to deal with are layoffs, constant boredom and creeping obesity from all the food you eat at all the regulatory meeting you're mandated to attend.

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