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Old 11-11-2010, 01:29 PM
 
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I heard that they make good money and good retirement plan, so I thought I might try that instead of trucking.

I only know Amtrak.
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Old 11-11-2010, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Tigard, Oregon
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We are in the greater NW and I know several people who works for Union Pacific including our neighbor and his son. Son got hired on because of dad's connections. According to him, he has to bid for jobs and they first go to those with seniority and experience. I'm not sure just what he does. Last I heard he had worked some, but mostly hasn't for close to 2 years now. He was about to buy a house, then had to let it go. When he DOES get a job, he has had to drive and stay in another state for a week or 2. I have 2 sons who would jump at the chance (I think) to work for them. So far it hasn't been an option.
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Old 01-14-2012, 01:09 PM
 
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If you don't have relative connections, then how can you get hired? About the 'seniority and experience,' what kind of experience do you need to have?
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Old 01-14-2012, 01:18 PM
 
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A friend of the family is in his late 50s and is living off a very nice railroad retirement. He started off working in the yard as a switchman right out of high school and worked his way up to conductor. That is a good way to get your foot in the door. Union Pacific and the other big railroad companies are known for promoting from within.
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Old 01-14-2012, 01:31 PM
 
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Is it easy to become a switchman? What kinds of things are involved in the job?
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Old 01-14-2012, 02:24 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, 615' Elevation, Zone 8b - originally from SF Bay Area
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It's not easy to get any job with the railroad, very close-knit and lots of nepotism. You have to be a close friend or family to get a job in operations.
About all you can do as an outsider is office work.You have a much better (though still bad) chance working on a local light rail system.
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Old 01-14-2012, 03:26 PM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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Google "railroad companies" and go from there. Did you ever become a trucker, or a hotel front desk clerk or a night auditor or are you still working at the supermarket?
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Old 01-14-2012, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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Google "railroad companies" and go from there. Did you ever become a trucker, or a hotel front desk clerk or a night auditor or are you still working at the supermarket?
He should go with the truck driver job, he will have lots of free time to spend on the computer waiting for his next run.
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Old 01-15-2012, 05:50 AM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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He should go with the truck driver job, he will have lots of free time to spend on the computer waiting for his next run.
I rather have the feeling that twenty years from now he'll still be working as a supermarket bagger and periodically popping onto CD to ask about alternative professions. By the way, OP, have you ever actually applied for any of these positions you've been interested in? How about the ship's captain job which took your fancy?
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Old 01-15-2012, 06:37 AM
 
Location: home state of Myrtle Beach!
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if you wanted to move to Chicago you could try to get a job on a commuter rail.

Metra Home

Burlington Northern Santa Fe is another RR company.
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