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#1 farmerall OFFLINE  

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Posted March 14, 2015 - 01:41 PM

Back in December I graduated college with a degree in Turfgrass Science, two weeks later I was unexpectedly laid off from the job that I had worked on and off while I was in college. After that happened I decided to start apply for new jobs. To be honest I was getting bored of working in my degree field so I put an application in for a job that has interested me since I was young. The job I allied for was for a Conductor position with Norfolk Southern Railroad. Much to my surprise the next day I received an invitation to a hiring session.

 

At the hiring session I was one of about 25 people selected to stay for an interview, there where probably 35-40 people total, and then the rest of the process when fast. I am going to be heading to McDonough so I can start Conductor training on Monday morning. The training will last 3 weeks there and after that I will have another 4-6months of training back home.

 

I'm looking forward to what this new career has to offer and also nervous at the same time. I think the hardest part of the job will be adjusting to the new lifestyle that I'll have to live while working for the railroad.


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Posted March 14, 2015 - 01:46 PM

Good luck & best wishes on this new road to travel.  At least one other member here (Jlaws) works for a railroad.  


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Posted March 14, 2015 - 01:51 PM

   How well does it pay to work for the railroad ?  what are the hours ? just some general info would be great.  I have always wondered about that and what it would be like.  good luck with it !!  seems like a fun job to have.

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Posted March 14, 2015 - 02:30 PM

good luck.


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Posted March 14, 2015 - 03:03 PM

That sounds really cool riding the rails thru rural areas seeing the countryside best of luck


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Posted March 14, 2015 - 03:11 PM

Best of luck with the new job! Just be careful around that equipment.


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Posted March 14, 2015 - 03:14 PM

My son would like that job. He has his heart set on riding the Great Lakes on a freighter, but he has always loved the railroad. Good luck and enjoy the new job.

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Posted March 14, 2015 - 03:24 PM

Good luck on the new job!


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Posted March 14, 2015 - 03:39 PM

Best of luck on your new job ! My son is also a conductor for NS going on 3 years now . Its not an easy job with the work hours and all but he seems to like it,, never complains . Its one of those jobs that the longer you work there (you bid on the run ) the better the runs will be and more money too .
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Posted March 14, 2015 - 04:05 PM

   How well does it pay to work for the railroad ?  what are the hours ? just some general info would be great.  I have always wondered about that and what it would be like.  good luck with it !!  seems like a fun job to have.

                                                                                    Pete

 

The pay is good, along with great benefits and a retirement plan. It will take me 5 years to get up to the full pay rate, they start you off at 80% of the full pay rate and you get 5% more each year until you're at the full rate. The job itself is fairly easy from what I've been told, it's the lifestyle that is the hard part. You are on call 24/7 until you establish enough seniority to hold a particular job and the hours are long too. You are only allowed to work up to 12hrs at a time, however it could be a few more hours before you are able to clock out. When you're on call you have a 10 hr rest period after you clock out. As soon as 10 hrs pass you're back on the board and can be called back to work again.


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Posted March 14, 2015 - 04:11 PM

Good luck on the new job. I have a few friends that work for BNSF. 1 was doing a 200 mile overnight turn. The hours were not predictable but the pay was good. He always had to check the board, he could be 12 out and an hour later he was 2 out with everybody ahead of him laying off. Hard to plan anything when you dont know when you will be called in


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Posted March 14, 2015 - 05:54 PM

father in law worked rail roads for years.  He liked it but they shut the lines down in the area when they became unprofitable.


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Posted March 14, 2015 - 06:08 PM

Best of luck with that! Keep us updated as you school, lot's of interest here with R/R work.

My best friend's BIL works as a construction foreman for BNSF, hired straight out of college. He loves it. Not the same job I know, but he says the company really treats employees well.
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Posted March 14, 2015 - 06:29 PM

Best of luck with your new position. 


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Posted March 14, 2015 - 06:54 PM

Good luck with the training, and new job.






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