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Hey, well i just got served by the recession and got laid off, and can't find a job =/

i was takin pics by this yard and some rail worker ironically yelled out "get a job" i told em i got laid off and he said "we're hiring" lol. Where do i apply? Online or something? how old do you have to be? do you need to be a high school graduate? go to school for it? I love trains, and working with them would be sweeeet, fill me in with some info!!

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go to the companies site, find out what jobs and what cities they're hiring in.

 

 

BE VERY DRUG FREE and alcohol free is good too.

 

be ready for some grilling tests (which really are easy if you're not a moron) and shit like youre back in the SAT/ACT test.

 

they usually have hiring "drives" where everyone meets at a hall or convention room, they do their schpiel, and you do what they ask.

 

bottom line, get on their site and go for it.

 

also, don't be a pussy. working with the railroad is long, hard, time consuming work...

 

im surprised theyre hiring. railroads out here are laying off.

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I too have often thought that working on the rail would be the job for me. But how would I explain to my forman what the fuck I was doing on my brake.

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Almost no railroad is hiring right now. Most workers are being furloughed right now. But who knows.

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working with the railroad is long, hard, time consuming work..

 

do NOT underestimate this.

 

from what i've heard, depending on your position, you may be "on call," similar to a paramedic for long hours. people sometimes miss birthdays, holidays, etc. however, senior employees and office workers have far more normal hours. if you're starting at the bottom of the totem pole you will draw the worst hours and the graveyard shifts for at least a year or two.

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You wanna work with Rolling Stock? You'll need a technical qualifictation in engineering or a metal trade up your sleeve. Most likley a clean criminal record as well.

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We all had to get our TWIC .

 

I don't know if all rail workers need one. Maybe because the specific loads we work with.

 

And we don't get much pay.

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word have fun..... you may work for a year but you'll just be laid off..... in the end.... find a more stable job.... sell drugs...

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I read this & look some stuff on the internet (i'm such a graff geek)

Subway work mus't be something awesome... here in Argentina they let you work on tunnel for some years only (i think like 6 or 8 years) cause is a really unhealthy line of work, because es the noise & stuff, but manely for the noise...

 

 

(sorry my poor english :P)

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Yeah for sure. You can be called in at anytime and they're really not going to care what you're doing. Be prepared to miss events and such. Also, depending on the job, there's no set time. There might be a time RANGE but no SET time, so yeah. I hear Union Pacific is hiring, though. I hear they're not easy jobs, at all.

 

Ear plugs are a MUST. Buy multiple pairs. If you're out in the yard without them, you're fucked.

 

Be prepared to move around every couple of years. If you're lucky though, you wont have to.

 

Ehh, thats all I can remember for right now.

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Anyone making 8.25 an hour is a scab. An u.p. is probably the only place hiring right now. And you'll only be on the road if your an eng or conductor. Most of those other jobs are based around the same yard/yards/city. Track dept is the shittiest job on the rr. Thats some slave work. And ya, youll be on the extra board for some years if you end up getting in with enginners or conductors. Missing holidays and all that. But it pays double, so take the good with the bad. cant complain about making 100k a year nowadays. Fuck a holiday

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over here you have to be an apprentice for a while before you get to drive solo.

 

so i believe

 

an accquintance is pursuing it as a career option and he already has a FAT flick book from his short time working.

 

 

also, be prepared to deal with people trying and sometimes succeeding to kill themselves, people throwing eggs, rocks and paint balloons at you.

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bullshit...my best friend works for NS and he sits on a booth watching trains go by with a fucking clip board...hard work my ass.

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do NOT underestimate this. [/size]

 

from what i've heard, depending on your position, you may be "on call," similar to a paramedic for long hours. people sometimes miss birthdays, holidays, etc. however, senior employees and office workers have far more normal hours. if you're starting at the bottom of the totem pole you will draw the worst hours and the graveyard shifts for at least a year or two.

 

Since a spambot bumped this I'll post some info.

 

I knew a guy who worked at my local yard. You could be on call 24/7. They could call you whenever and you had 2 hours to get to work. One time my brother asked him if he ever seen kids painting and he said he does but doesn't do anything. ( strange considering I'm in the burbs) This was also before I got into freights.

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