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Train conductor - is there still this job? What course of study?

I heard there are no longer train conductors cause there are not cabouses? Is this true? If someone wanted to be a train conductor what course of study? What are the major rail companies that would be hiring?

Asked By: Nic. - 6/13/2007
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There are no more cabooses, but there is still plenty of work that needs to be done that the engineer alone can't handle. While the train is in motion, the conductor has to keep track of the contents of the train, whether there are any hazardous chemical cars and such, and using the train's radio. When the train... More
Answered By: Electro-Fogey - 6/15/2007
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There are many train conductors on commuter rail lines. They sell and collect tickets, and make sure that the doors don't close on the passengers, and announce stops.
Answered By: Rocco R - 6/13/2007
 
Conductors and engineers are all that's left of a train crew, but with "Positive Train Control" on the way, conductors will also go the way of the steam engine... More
Answered By: HOGHEAD - 6/13/2007
 
There are actually train conductors in the world. And of course there are cabooses (if there were no cabooses then trains would have no end). As far as courses go I don't know if there are any maybe it is a blue collar job? And as far as hiring goes you should consult various train companies.
Answered By: Rpodnee - 6/13/2007
 
Yes there are conductors on most RR companies. And I think there will be for some time to come. Traijning is all "in house" or on the job training. Most locomotive engineers come from the rank of conductors or trainmen.
Answered By: Rango - 6/13/2007
 
yes were still around however our roles have been somewhat underpinned... More
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Answered By: alp647 - 6/14/2007
 
Yes I am a conductor for a major rail system in the US. Dont worry about PTC as it is not working as the carriers want it. Nor will the FRA sign off on it until all the bugs are out of it ( which as we all know with computers will be NEVER lol... More
Answered By: caseyjones382 - 6/14/2007
 
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