What jobs can I be around trains.?
I want to work with the railroad so bad! I really want to be around trains (I pull over and watch trains go by, or listen on radio when they are coming by). What kind of jobs are there, I can get to be around moving trains, (non fixing them, or building ect). Can I be a conductor with no schhooling? If I do go to college, what kind of course should i take. If there are train crews needed in a town like 80 miles away (very small town in AZ desert) could I maybe get that job somhow.. in my area.. if they have same stuff just not listed as they need a person there. Thanks,
Asked By: Bre!! ;] - 5/27/2007
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First off, I want to congragulate you on wanting a railroad job, I am a railfan & plan to go to work for Montana Rail Link once I graduate. I've had a lot of the same Q's you have, & I've been in contact with a MRL engineer, so I can et you some good info... More
Answered By: EJD - 5/29/2007
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a hobo pay not that good but the travel benifits are great
Answered By: valonamayor - 5/27/2007
I don't know too many hobos bringing in $65,000 (or much more) per year... More
Answered By: HOGHEAD - 5/27/2007
Railroad is a self contained society Police man, clerk, ticket agent, janitor. conductor. Administrator. Track worker, plumber, electrican. Mechanic. You name it and it is part of the railroad.
Answered By: scooter - 5/27/2007
Scooter and Hoghead gave you a lot of good info. Hoghead was on the money--drug and alcohol abuse is not tolerated. In Illinois, if you are the engineer and your train hits a motor vehicle--YOU are automatically drug tested. The reality is that railroads are cutting back like many other industries. This includes... More
Answered By: fordkid14 - 5/27/2007
Go to the different rail companies websites and look at the job listings. They provide the job descriptions and qualifications for each.
Answered By: jd - 5/27/2007
Well. I can;t give no more than the very smart hog man here gave. But I can tell you that, when I tured 18, the first week I turned 18, I marched my way down to Union Pacific in Phoenix Arizona. They needed 'train crew' so I got the job first as a flagman. I found it very fun. I saw many trains, and learned alot. The... More
Answered By: Railer - 5/27/2007
Do you just want to be around moving trains or actually controling the trains? I suggest that you apply for a conductor position. In freight, the conductor is in charge of the train and the engineer operates the train. What the railroads look for when hiring conductors (at least at the BNSF where I work) is former... More
Answered By: Toejam - 5/28/2007
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