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Calling all RR Employees: Do you know "so-n-so"?
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Gadfly
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Calling all RR Employees: Do you know "so-n-so"?
 
« on: Dec 7th, 2007, 7:07pm »
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 Read the title then tell me if you know "so-n-so!  IOW, how many times as employees have you been asked this?  Now here you are, working for a company with thousands of employees, and you are expected to know Joe Blow.  And half the time, he doesn't WORK for your company; your questioner only knows that he works for "THE railroad".  Turns out he works for CSX and you work for NS!  Next question is, "Can you get me some free crossties to put in my garden?"  Say WHAT?    
 
"You boys got it made with that railroad job.   The 'gub'ment has been keepin' up them railroads forever"
 
NOW HOLD ON THERE.  THAT IS A LIE.  WITH THE EXCEPTION OF AMTRAK AND CONRAIL NO railroad has been supported by taxes; they are independent, tax-paying, dividend-paying, revenue-generating corporations just like GM!!!!  
 
Do you remain silent in the presence of someone who just LOOOOOOOOOOOOVES them trains hoping you won't be unintentionally "ratted out" by some well-meaning
friend and then regaled with stories of how much they love the railroad?  Have you ever walked away quickly from a known "foamer" who has not yet discovered your "secret"? lest they tell YOU how to do your job (because they read it in TRAINS   and keep you hemmed in and from making good your escape)?
 
How about being BEGGED repeatedly to sell your company jacket you absent-mindedly wore to the store, or pleaded with you to GIVE them? Or practically got on their knees to beseech you for your 20 year service pin (now dream on, buddy, you ain't gittin' that!)   WELL how 'bout givin' me just ONE of them pins------PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEZE.  "Sure would like to get me one of them railroad logo hats."
 
So, ante' up, boys.  Tell us your "horror stories".
 
Gadfly


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George_Harris
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Re: Calling all RR Employees: Do you know "so-n-so"?
 
« Reply #1 on: Dec 7th, 2007, 8:22pm »
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Gadfly:
 
Then there are those that are living proof that "A little knowledge is a dangerous thing."
 
"No, you can't recommend using 136 RE rails because it is not an international section."  (Whatever than means.)   when you know good and well that the mill in Europe they normally buy their pathetically shaped ___ (not named to protect the crappy) section from also rolls 136RE, 115RE, and a couple of other American sections.
 
"I don't know how to review your track layout because your No. 8 turnouts don't have the same standard lead as the AREA Portfolio."  Well, duhh, that is because we used a 19'-6" curved switch instead of a 16'-6" straight switch becuase it give a better entry angle.  No hope in being able to explain to the turkey exalted manager the geometric deficiencies you get by using the given alternate 13'-0" curved switch as shown in the book.
 
"Why did you use 1 degree and 1 degree 30 minute curves?  We are only going to run 40 mph and you could have used 4 or 5 degree curves."  How about, I have room enough to do it and everything will last longer.
 
"We have been building railroads in this world for over 150 years.  Don't we already know all there is to know about rail, track, and railroad building"   Short answer:  "No."
 
"We don't need a railroad engineering specialist.  Any good highway designer can do it."   This one is like the redneck joke about when the guy says, "hold my beer and watch this."  When you hear those words back way up and give him plenty of room because these may be the last words he ever says.  
 
Whenever I hear somebody using terms like "state of the art" or "international best practice" it is certain that they have no real knowledge of what they are talking about.  
 
And many more, including a lot more recent, but some are from people I still have to get along with.
 
Yeah, I have aslo been asked if I could get my hands on crossties, for free of course, and I work for an engineering company, not a railroad.  And, no track gauge was not determined by the width of a horse pulling a roman chariot.  If it was, then why do we have so many in common use all the way from one meter, 3'-3 3/8" up to 5'-6", hitting many points in between.
 
George


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Mr. Horsepower
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Re: Calling all RR Employees: Do you know "so-n-so"?
 
« Reply #2 on: Dec 8th, 2007, 1:42pm »
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Thats like when people ask..."What do you do?"
 
"Im a freight train conductor"
 
"Oooohhh!!! Your the guy that drives em, right?"
 
 
 
-JRS


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Gadfly
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Re: Calling all RR Employees: Do you know "so-n-so"?
 
« Reply #3 on: Dec 8th, 2007, 1:49pm »
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My first Safety Award jacket was put up for the same reason. I was even offered $50 for it back in 1980!  It was, for the Southern guys that remember, what was called the "Greenlighter" jacket in forest  green and the SR logo. Around the logo, it said "Safe Worker, then "Safety First".  I, too, quickly quit wearing that because of the questions AND because I realized that it might be "lifted" or "swapped" for another! How many times was I begged, "I sure wish you would get one of those for ME!"  
 
I also had an aunt who was on Social Security. Somehow we got into a convo about retirement (WAY back when that was a distant dream for me), I innocently mentioned in conversation that I no longer paid into SSI. WOW!!!!!  DID SHE EVER GET MAD AT ME!!!!!!!!  Wouldn't talk to me for 2 weeks!  She thought it wasn't FAIR for me to not to have to pay for her check!  
 
It was only recently I realized that RR mementos can be so valuable!  I'm saving a set of Southern Railway presentation whiskey tumblers (solid gold rims on the glasses) for my daughter and my 1910 Hamilton 992 for her as well. (it runs flawlessly)   A feller could get mobbed over this stuff!  LOL! I thought about taking the tumblers to the NC Transportation Museum (Spencer Shops) for display, but then.............NAAAAA!  What if one got broken or chipped, or, again, STOLEN?  Like your jacket (and mine), locked safely away.


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Gadfly
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Re: Calling all RR Employees: Do you know "so-n-so"?
 
« Reply #4 on: Dec 8th, 2007, 10:38pm »
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BTW, I have always wondered HOW the heck you "drive" a train!  There ain't no steering wheel!  LMAO!
 
Gadfly


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Mr. Horsepower
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Re: Calling all RR Employees: Do you know "so-n-so"?
 
« Reply #5 on: Dec 9th, 2007, 3:45am »
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on Dec 8th, 2007, 1:49pm, Gadfly wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
I also had an aunt who was on Social Security. Somehow we got into a convo about retirement (WAY back when that was a distant dream for me), I innocently mentioned in conversation that I no longer paid into SSI. WOW!!!!!  DID SHE EVER GET MAD AT ME!!!!!!!!  Wouldn't talk to me for 2 weeks!  She thought it wasn't FAIR for me to not to have to pay for her check!  

 
HAHA I've received a couple of funny looks after I told family members/friends that same thing.
 
-JRS


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Bryan
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Re: Calling all RR Employees: Do you know "so-n-so"?
 
« Reply #6 on: Jan 24th, 2008, 7:41pm »
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I have been asked many of the same things.  
 
"So, do you get to wear the overalls and the striped hat?"
 
"Do you like talking with the passengers? Do you get to yell ALL ABOARD?" (People always associate conductors with passengers trains. That is why I now tell people that I am a conductor on FREIGHT TRAINS)
 
"Do you think that you can get me a set of train horns?"
 
"Do you get to blow the whistle and drive the train?"
 
"You seriously have to work on the weekends?"  
 
I was asked by one person, "I think that it's cool that you get to experience the romance of riding the rails." (I am still trying to find that "romance." Not that I was ever thought it existed)
 
When I first got the job two years ago, my mom always humiliate me when telling people about my job. Her exact words would be, and probably still are:
"Bryan gets a little red flag and a little lantern and he gets to tell the engineer to go forward and come back..."  
 
That is all.
 
 


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