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BNSF_1088
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POLL WHO WANT'S TO WORK FOR THE RR
 
« on: Nov 11th, 2003, 12:52pm »
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Here is a poll i just wanted to see how many of you want to work for the RR and for what one.

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« Reply #1 on: Nov 11th, 2003, 10:59pm »
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When I first got out of the service, back in 1968, I considered trying to get a job with then PennCentral in my field of communications. However, my career took me elsewhere and I guess it turned out for the better.

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hudsonelectric
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« Reply #2 on: Nov 12th, 2003, 6:48pm »
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Okay, okay. We all know that most all of us want to or had wanted to work for a railroad, fess up, guys!!   Me? I applied for a yard clerk job with the Southern back when I was living in New Orleans. The requirements were ratcheted up because there were so many applicants and that iced out most people, myself included, from the start. I also looked into AMTRAK and Metro North for ticket collector/trainman, but the starting rate was too much of a step backward and I couldn't afford the pay cut. It's too late in the game for me to start all over again at my age. Maybe if my wife could work longer hours and more days I could swing it? Ya think?  

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« Reply #3 on: Nov 12th, 2003, 7:04pm »
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Your never to old to work for the RR

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« Reply #4 on: Nov 12th, 2003, 7:56pm »
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on Nov 12th, 2003, 7:04pm, BNSF_1088 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Your never to old to work for the RR

 
  Thanks for the compliment!  


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« Reply #5 on: Nov 12th, 2003, 8:11pm »
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Your welcome

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« Reply #6 on: Nov 13th, 2003, 9:28am »
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Well anybody that has seen my posts is no stranger as to what
my favorite RR's are. I think just about any position with the RR
would be nice. Give the chance I would probaly work for
Norfolk Southern.  


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« Reply #7 on: Nov 13th, 2003, 9:56am »
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If i could pass all the tests to become a Railroad Police Officer i would but i just don't have the writing skills and the collage stuff you have to do would be to hard for me.

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« Reply #8 on: Nov 14th, 2003, 11:57pm »
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The hours are just too irregular for me to even consider it.  My wife is a hospital pharmacist and her hours vary widely.  We have two kids to watch and our closest relatives are hundreds of miles away.   And anyway, I'd rather be outside a train taking it's photo!    I love being a salesrep and traveling all around al the time.  I make my own schedule.  Now the UP used to have the best possible job for me--official photographer!  They had special cars for photgraphers and their equipment and they would travel all over the line taking promotional photos.  What a deal!  But, that was over a hundred years ago. . .
 
Kent in SD


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« Reply #9 on: Nov 17th, 2003, 3:30pm »
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I wanted to work for BNSF for a while. Than I discovered that they can call you in 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and you have to there within 2 hours! That's too much for me. I'm looking toward a career as a columnist for Railfan & Railroad.

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« Reply #10 on: Nov 30th, 2003, 7:09pm »
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on Nov 14th, 2003, 11:57pm, Two23 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
The hours are just too irregular for me to even consider it.  My wife is a hospital pharmacist and her hours vary widely.  We have two kids to watch and our closest relatives are hundreds of miles away.   And anyway, I'd rather be outside a train taking it's photo!    I love being a salesrep and traveling all around al the time.  I make my own schedule.  Now the UP used to have the best possible job for me--official photographer!  They had special cars for photgraphers and their equipment and they would travel all over the line taking promotional photos.  What a deal!  But, that was over a hundred years ago. . .
 
Kent in SD

Shoot Kent... your nearest neighbor is a hundred miles away!!      


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« Reply #11 on: Dec 7th, 2003, 11:44am »
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Jim -
Yeh, the RR life from what I hear is very demanding.  The one message I get consistently on these boards from nearly every Class 1 RR employee is: "Kiss your personal life goodbye...and better keep a photo of your family in your wallet or you might forget what they look like."
 
The only alternatives I can see to this are the regional commuter lines and the short line or industrial roads.  A job with Septa Regional Rail, for example, would have me home every night (the last train runs around midnight)...but of course there's the insanity of Septa to deal with...and from what I'm told one has to pay his dues as a bus driver before entering the rail division (tho that doesn't really make sense and I hope I'm wrong).  
 
Then there are the smaller RRs like the Winchester & Western, Delaware-Lackawanna, New Hope & Ivyland, and Reading & Northern (just to name a few in the eastern PA-southern NJ region).  Problem is, the employment openings are few and far between...and in my case, I'm 41 years old with no RR experience, so what could I bring to the table?  Enthusiasm, sure.  Knowledge and skill, nope.  And that's what a RR needs.  So I'll have to be content with my trackside perch.
 
Frankly, my wife's a bit relieved.
 
-Charlie


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« Reply #12 on: Dec 7th, 2003, 8:24pm »
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on Dec 7th, 2003, 11:44am, Charlie_O wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Jim -
Yeh, the RR life from what I hear is very demanding.  The one message I get consistently on these boards from nearly every Class 1 RR employee is: "Kiss your personal life goodbye...and better keep a photo of your family in your wallet or you might forget what they look like."
 
The only alternatives I can see to this are the regional commuter lines and the short line or industrial roads.  A job with Septa Regional Rail, for example, would have me home every night (the last train runs around midnight)...but of course there's the insanity of Septa to deal with...and from what I'm told one has to pay his dues as a bus driver before entering the rail division (tho that doesn't really make sense and I hope I'm wrong).  
 
Then there are the smaller RRs like the Winchester & Western, Delaware-Lackawanna, New Hope & Ivyland, and Reading & Northern (just to name a few in the eastern PA-southern NJ region).  Problem is, the employment openings are few and far between...and in my case, I'm 41 years old with no RR experience, so what could I bring to the table?  Enthusiasm, sure.  Knowledge and skill, nope.  And that's what a RR needs.  So I'll have to be content with my trackside perch.
 
Frankly, my wife's a bit relieved.
 
-Charlie
 

 
I hear you! Jim...  


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« Reply #13 on: Dec 8th, 2003, 5:56am »
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Jim -
 
One other possibility is to sign on as a driver for crew vans (or intermodal bogies, since you've got trucking experience). I've seen ads in the paper for drivers for Morrisville yard's jitney, for instance. You'd probably have to rotate shifts and all that, but at least you'd be close to home. And you'd get to hang out with railroaders and hear a thousand reasons to hate the railroad! - Bob


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« Reply #14 on: Dec 8th, 2003, 6:09am »
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on Dec 8th, 2003, 5:56am, trainwatcher1100 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Jim -
 
One other possibility is to sign on as a driver for crew vans (or intermodal bogies, since you've got trucking experience). I've seen ads in the paper for drivers for Morrisville yard's jitney, for instance. You'd probably have to rotate shifts and all that, but at least you'd be close to home. And you'd get to hang out with railroaders and hear a thousand reasons to hate the railroad! - Bob

 
Can you outline the duties of each job - Bob. Thanks! Jim...  


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« Reply #15 on: Dec 8th, 2003, 6:36am »
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on Dec 8th, 2003, 6:09am, hummel1237 wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
Can you outline the duties of each job - Bob. Thanks! Jim...  

 
I'm not a railroader, Jim, so I'm not your best source for that info. But from what I've observed, van/jitney drivers are basically responsible for taxiing employees around the yard, and crews to/from their trains (either in the yard or out on the line if they've outlawed) and to/from their motel rooms when they go on/off duty. I'm sure that a clean driving record and knowledge of local geography would be essential.
 
Bogie drivers shuttle trailers around intermodal yards, picking them up as they're offloaded and parking them for forwarding. And vice versa. Pretty routine stuff. Since you already have a CDL, you're obviously a step up on the qualifications.
 
Maybe other members can give you more details?
 
- Bob
 


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« Reply #16 on: Dec 8th, 2003, 9:00am »
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Jim -
For crew van work there are a few major companies that handle that sort of thing...Renzenberger has been hiring for NS in the Allentown and Baltimore areas...but the pay is only $7 per hour...so it's gonna hafta be a labor of love.  Another company is PTI (Professional Transportation, Inc.) Their number is on the crew vans, but I don't have it written down.
 
You can probably go to your local yard office and ask.
-Charlie


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« Reply #17 on: Dec 8th, 2003, 10:35am »
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I work for the RR which isn't all it's cracked up to be believe me , it's a job . I like what I do I just don't like the people who run the place

 
I say the exact same thing to people when I talk to them in person, nicely put Dave.
 
I work for the evil beaver, the Canadian Pacific Railway.


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I'm first out already!
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« Reply #18 on: Dec 23rd, 2003, 12:54am »
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I would like to do it for a year before I retire.

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« Reply #19 on: Jan 12th, 2004, 12:35pm »
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I almost went to school to be a conductor for CSX, but then i decided that i have too much of a home life to be gone so much, so i went back to college instead.
If i had a time machine, I would go to work for the Southern.


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