Old 05-16-2009, 01:39 AM   #1
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Hi guys. I'm writing a little paper about railroading for class. Unfortunately I don't know too much about it. It focuses on being a crewman and what it is like to work as an employee for a railroad. As a result, I have a few questions that I think are important to the authenticity and quality of my project. They're simple questions to you guys I'm sure but, here they are:

1) What basic qualifications are necessary to work for a Major US Railroad?

2) Is there a screening process for candidates who apply?

3) How much of the workforce is unionized?

4) Is there a Seniority system?

5) Is there a difference between who's allowed to work on local/branch and running on the mainline?

6) What is a typical shift like? How long are the hours?

7) Does an Engineer/Conductor have a specific route they work or are they assigned where work is needed?

8 ) How much does an engineer/conductor make in a year?

9) How much time is spent away from home?

10) I was told that some agencies like Metrolink hire it's crews from a separate contractor, is there a reason for that?

11) What is the training process like?

12) If you are a train crewman, do you enjoy what you do? Is it really as much fun as it looks?

That's all guys, I'm sorry to ask so much but I really don't know all that much about this line of work and I figured there wouldn't be a better group of people to ask than you guys!

Thanks so much in advance.
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Old 05-16-2009, 02:14 AM   #2
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Excuse me for being a grump on this. As an ex-educator I want to see an effort being made. Some of these questions are rather lazy, they are things that you should be researching rather than asking. 3 for one, 4 for another. For 1 how about consulting a major RR website, probably 2 also (better answer there than you get here, unless someone on this board works in Human Resources for an RR). For some you will just get a better answer, like 8, people here might tell you what they make or what they hear their co-workers make, but a comprehensive answer comes from doing the legwork.

These are good questions. Hope your research goes well.

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Hi guys. I'm writing a little paper about railroading for class. Unfortunately I don't know too much about it. It focuses on being a crewman and what it is like to work as an employee for a railroad. As a result, I have a few questions that I think are important to the authenticity and quality of my project. They're simple questions to you guys I'm sure but, here they are:

1) What basic qualifications are necessary to work for a Major US Railroad?

2) Is there a screening process for candidates who apply?

3) How much of the workforce is unionized?

4) Is there a Seniority system?

5) Is there a difference between who's allowed to work on local/branch and running on the mainline?

6) What is a typical shift like? How long are the hours?

7) Does an Engineer/Conductor have a specific route they work or are they assigned where work is needed?

8 ) How much does an engineer/conductor make in a year?

9) How much time is spent away from home?

10) I was told that some agencies like Metrolink hire it's crews from a separate contractor, is there a reason for that?

11) What is the training process like?

12) If you are a train crewman, do you enjoy what you do? Is it really as much fun as it looks?

That's all guys, I'm sorry to ask so much but I really don't know all that much about this line of work and I figured there wouldn't be a better group of people to ask than you guys!

Thanks so much in advance.
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Old 05-16-2009, 03:10 AM   #3
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Yeah, pal, do your own homework.
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Old 05-16-2009, 05:02 AM   #5
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Smell a troll..... Ween?? Strikingly similar..... Lol j/k but I know you know what I mean!

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Old 05-16-2009, 09:27 AM   #6
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Try researching that Trains Magazine about working for the RR's.

From memory, there was aout 10 pages detailing what is involved. If not, try e-mailing the Class 1's, or take a trip down to your local RR and see if they can be of any assistance.

Hope all goes well for ya, and would like to see the end result.

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