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So needin a little help here. I'm looking to get the hell out of the hotel industry for multiple reasons, and I've thought about going into the railroad industry. Not an engineer persay but the guys that work on the tracks and crossing gates and those kind of duties. Unfortunately I have no clue on what the qualifications are or even the positin title, or where to look for job openings. Any help would be greatly appriciated. Oh and yes I tried PMing Dave13 but it's full. Clean your inbox Dave

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signal maintainers, or maintenance of way. those crafts slow down quite a bit during the winter and even some guys get laid off. most of the maintainers are trade electricians, and track guys can swing a sledgehammer, or operate machinery. best thing is to just get a resume together and submit it to the railroads. they are on a hiring frenzy.



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The link I sent you will lead you to other jobs in Chicago. Not everyone can be an engineer like Downforce and myself.
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signal maintainers, or maintenance of way. those crafts slow down quite a bit during the winter and even some guys get laid off. most of the maintainers are trade electricians, and track guys can swing a sledgehammer, or operate machinery. best thing is to just get a resume together and submit it to the railroads. they are on a hiring frenzy.



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the ihb is a sinking ship. I would get out while I could if i were you.

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the ihb is a sinking ship. I would get out while I could if i were you.


they've been saying that for 40 years. they've hired 100's in the last 2 years, and spents 10's of millions on infrastructure and upgrades.

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they've been saying that for 40 years. they've hired 100's in the last 2 years, and spents 10's of millions on infrastructure and upgrades.
I can't rally get into specifics, but lets just say they were able to get board approval for all those infrastructure upgrades because people were fudging numbers.

Unless the parent companies step in with 8 figures to bail them out the IHB could be sold for scrap by July.

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How many six figure engineers taking 50% paycuts are needed for an 8 figure bailout by July?
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IHB is a class 3 railroad, and as long as they have the 99 year lease from the CSXT for their main line, they will be fine. Or ask Cerk, he is our resident railroad expert.

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How many six figure engineers taking 50% paycuts are needed for an 8 figure bailout by July?
Better question, why are they called engineers?

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How many six figure engineers taking 50% paycuts are needed for an 8 figure bailout by July?
I'm not donating my money to help the Rockefellers.

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If the IHB wanted to close its doors, it would get snapped up in a second by another railroad.
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Because cock knocker was already taken

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If the IHB wanted to close its doors, it would get snapped up in a second by another railroad.
Probably would get divided up by the class 1's that currently own its portions.

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So, the only railroad that connects all the other big railroads, (and does most of their switching operations) around the biggest hub in the US will be sold for scrap by July because they overspent on preparations to move even more freight. Potash Corp must not have done any research into the IHB either, since they spent a few million on a yard for the new facilities in Hammond.. on land the IHB owns.

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Probably would get divided up by the class 1's that currently own its portions.
Go play somewhere else. The big people are talking. You have no idea what you are talking about.
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Better question, why are they called engineers?
Everybody is an engineer nowadays. I'm pretty sure our janitor has the title of "Custodial Engineer" and people in sales are "Technical Sales Engineers" or some shit.

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Maybe they were called engineers because they operated the steam engine back in the day? The firemen were called that because they tended to the fire and watched pressure in the engine. Brakemen were called that because they would go from car to car putting brakes on to slow them down. It's a pretty simple place.
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They call them engineers so that they can make the big bucks . If they called them deep fryer operators , they would only make $8.25 an hour.
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They call them engineers so that they can make the big bucks . If they called them deep fryer operators , they would only make $8.25 an hour.
Bingo bango we have a winner.

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man.. there sure are a lot of haters. you guys make it sound like we sit up in that locomotive cab sleeping or masterbating and that it takes no skills. do any of you have a clue what is involved in starting/stopping a train, let alone making it go smoothly down a track at 50mph without ruining all the track and towns in your wake?

and its locomotive engineer, or engineman. we've been called that since before you glorified architechs got our label.
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do any of you have a clue what is involved in starting/stopping a train, let alone making it go smoothly down a track at 50mph without ruining all the track and towns in your wake?
Yeah, I'm sure the engineers that designed the equipment that makes the train do all those things knows what it takes.

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Go play somewhere else. The big people are talking. You have no idea what you are talking about.
Are you saying the IHB is not owned by a conglomerate of class 1's who each have an elected representative in position at the IHB?


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So, the only railroad that connects all the other big railroads, (and does most of their switching operations) around the biggest hub in the US will be sold for scrap by July because they overspent on preparations to move even more freight. Potash Corp must not have done any research into the IHB either, since they spent a few million on a yard for the new facilities in Hammond.. on land the IHB owns.

interesting.
I said they "could". But I said what will likely happen..


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Probably would get divided up by the class 1's that currently own its portions.


And whomever said it, Dave I believe, was right. There would be a lot of parties interested in having a piece of the track + land the IHB currently resides on. I personally know of 1 investment group that was looking at buying it in its entirety about 5 years ago. The problem was one of the large conglomerates that has a large partial stake didn't want to give up the gravy train. But if it starts losing massive piles of money why would it come as a surprise that the current owners wouldn't either take it over themselves, or sell it?

There are a lot of things possible, its a very unstable situation there right now. I'm not trying to be a dick, I was trying to give you heads up, downforce, because I thought you were a decent guy. All I know is if I had other options for work, I would exercise them. Either on the agreement or non-agreement side of the labor force.

Have fun. take pics. Let us know how it goes.

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Yeah, I'm sure the engineers that designed the equipment that makes the train do all those things knows what it takes.
And I'm.pretty sure it was engineers who designed those trains you guys drive.

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