Mar 13, 2000
Any Locomotive Engineers out there besides myself?
sshh ya don't want to wake the conducktor. But yes you are not alone.
Retired 13 years ago.
I'm a furloughed ground hog. ave card, but haven't been able to use it in over a year.
Only enough to keep it valid I should say.
Just having that card should mean a lot. You could probably go to any RR and get hired on with a good current certficate. I know Amtrak is always looking for some. Something to think about is on Amtrak the union signed off on a deal allowing the new hire engineers to come on board at 100% and your vacation follows you too. With Amtrak adding new crewbases what seems like every month, one maybe coming to a city near you very soon.
Yup, I'm a locomotive engineer too! For about um-teen years too. Hard work but I must like it if I keep going back for more!
[This message has been edited by NSBrakeman (edited 03-18-2000).]
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Ship It On The FRISCO!
HI. I am an engineer for the CSS in Northwest Indiana. Prior to coming to the South Shore I worked for the Santa Fe, EJE, and the Rock Island where I started my railroad career in Ottawa, Il. in 1979.
Does any one here work for CSX ?
So so far we have Amtrak,BNSF,NS,CSS,and one smart guy who retired where from ChooChoo conrail? and Pullin4u are you Soo or WC or isn't there some UP around there too.
Hi, I'm an Engineer for the UP. Hired out DRGW/SP working out of Denver. Ran Denver to Grand Jct, Denver to P-burg,Denver to Pueblo And for sixteen months had the privilage to run Pueblo to Minturn over Tenn Pass.
Defy Gravity - Ship Rio Grande!
I'm an engineer in training for the tourist line I volunteer on. Of course, I've got a few years to wait since I'm still only 16.
I am currently WC...
Looks like we have quite a variety on this board....
Actually, I do not work for the NS (formerly Southern Railway) anymore, now I work for Illinois Central. I worked for a brief period at NS a few months after the merger and was layed off because of all the Union rules/changes, so I went to the IC. I still put that on my name for some reason, that's all. I guess you could say I'm from Southern Railway..now THAT's variety!
im an engineer on the ns out of decatur,il. been there 3 years and still cant get a day off for nothin. oh well you guys know what its like, just think of all that money my wife sees at the end of the half.
I`m an engineer on the Swiss Federal Railways.Been there 10 years but my great
passion are US railroads.
HOW ABOUT AN EX BRAKEMAN,CONDUCTOR,TRAINMASTER/ROADFORMAN,
ENGINEER. AND YES I WORKED FOR THE CSX, ALSO THE ROCK ISLAND AND FOR A VERY SHORT TIME THE EJ&E.
THE ROCK ISLAND WAS ALWAYS MY FIRST LOVE, AND THE ONE I LIKED AND RESPECTED THE MOST.
RETIRED FOR A MONTH THEN WENT BACK TO WORK ON THE SCENIC RR. (CVSR)CUYAHOGA VALLEY SCENIC.
I'm an engineer for the Yreka Western RR, a shortline in northern California. I'm trained to run our best, up-to date equipment, such as a 1915 Baldwin 2-8-2 Mikido, (pulls a consist of tourist coaches) and MU 2 1958 SW-8's for freight! *grin*
We don't go far, (8.5 miles one way) but we have lots of fun! )
It's hot, noisey, heavy work ... but I love it!
Come visit us some time!
I would love to be an engineer on BC Rail, however, I am 13!
Have a good day,
//BC Rail King
[This message has been edited by BC Rail King (edited 25 March 2000).]
BC Rail King:
By all means pursue a railroad career- but only if you REALLY, REALLY love trains. It makes up for the stuff you have to go through in the course of your job. (grade crossing accidents, mistreatment by RR management, etc)
Don't get me wrong, it's a great job and I wouldn't trade it for the world (well maybe). I'd never want to sit in an office all day long in a suit and tie. Just remember that it isn't all running carefree down the mainline and waving at the 13-year-olds who want to be engineers someday <grin>.
Investigate your options thouroughly and by all means find an understanding woman. I don't know how my wife manages to put up with it somedays...
BLE Div 173
"always wanted to be an engineer"