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How does one become a locomotive engineer?

I want to know what kind of certification i would need in order to operate trains. Specifically in the state of Indiana.

Asked By: Christopher - 10/14/2009
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Most US railroads, I'd say 95%, promote and train (no pun intended) their Engineers from Conductors - which come from Brakemen and Switchmen. Start applying with the railroads. Oh, and most railroads will want to see your high school diploma. When I hired out we were tested on our communication skills, and mechanical... More
Answered By: Derail - 10/14/2009
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You would first need to hire on with a railroad, be in the transportation department. Then work your way up from a brakeman, to conductor, to an engineer. Some people wait 8 years just to get the promotion to engineer. Right now the economy is slow, and many places aren't hiring.
Answered By: hound dog - 10/14/2009
 
Derail gave you a good answer.Once your promoted to engineer the FRA issues you a license to operate locomotives(good in any state in the USA) which needs to be renewed every three years.Renewal consists of passing a hearing and vision test,a rules exam,a state and federal drivers license check,and a check ride from an... More
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Answered By: Andy - 10/14/2009
 
Ditto to all the above. But, just so you're not tempted, the answer to "how long before I get holidays or weekends off," is "never."
Answered By: Samurai Hoghead - 10/14/2009
 
He has to be a Conductor first, then he's promoted to become an engineer.
Answered By: Clavon N - 10/14/2009
 
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