How do you become a locomotive engineer for Amtrak?

It's been surprisingly difficult to obtain this information so figured I'd ask here. I'm located in the Hudson Valley in New York if that makes any difference, but I'm wondering where exactly you go to apply for training to start on the path to being a locomotive engineer or rather what the steps are. Thanks in advance for any and all information/links/advice/etc.

Asked By: Bob Barker - 11/9/2009
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Well, it's surprisingly tough to even become a conductor, especially in the current day and age. But engineers are only chosen from conductors, or previously-employed railroaders. Try the website " " for employment information, and stick it out. There aren't many schools out there (two on the west coast... More
Answered By: Jason - 11/10/2009
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You generally have to work your way up; engineers are seldom hired off the street. Having said that, try applying to Amtrak for some other craft, such as conductor. Once you've been there a year, you'll be able to apply for their engineer school when openings are announced and applications are being solicited.
Answered By: dieterzakas - 11/9/2009
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