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Career change: I'm a fireman!

Not the fireman you are thinking of. A fireman on the railroad is an engineer in training. I put a bid in for engineer, and my seniority was enough to win the bid. Also considered was my attendance record and my ability to work within the rules . It was available to all conductors in my service unit with at least two years of service, and they took the top six. Those that knew about the bid kept it very quiet, and we gained quite a bit of seniority by going in so soon. I did it for a lot of reasons, main points being I will have more time with my family, it is safer, long term it will pay better, and I like their union agreements. I will be in school for six months starting in November. Here is the shitty part. The firemans agreement pays $139 a day. I am taking a 50% pay cut. Anyone wanna buy a Ducati?
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Not the fireman you are thinking of. A fireman on the railroad is an engineer in training. I put a bid in for engineer, and my seniority was enough to win the bid. Also considered was my attendance record and my ability to work within the rules . It was available to all conductors in my service unit with at least two years of service, and they took the top six. Those that knew about the bid kept it very quiet, and we gained quite a bit of seniority by going in so soon. I did it for a lot of reasons, main points being I will have more time with my family, it is safer, long term it will pay better, and I like their union agreements. I will be in school for six months starting in November. Here is the shitty part. The firemans agreement pays $139 a day. I am taking a 50% pay cut. Anyone wanna buy a Ducati?
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Congrats on the career move. Hope everything works out in the long run!

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I'll talk to the AVP about increasing the derailment budget.

J/K, congrats! We need more engineers willing to work.

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What does an engineer in the railroad do?

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In motorcycle terms, that's like taking your Ducati to a dealer for service, and they hand you back a 1979 backfiring Honda 400 Hawk.. because after all, a bike is a bike.
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What does an engineer in the railroad do?
As a yard conductor, I move locomotives and trains via remote control. As an engineer, I will be operating the train on the main lines and in the yards, mine and foreign. I am not required to throw switches, or deal with a lot of the weather.

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I have seen a lot worse than that. I am glad they are finally cracking down on cell phone use.
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I have seen a lot worse than that. I am glad they are finally cracking down on cell phone use.
U have seen? More like "I have done worse."

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Good call. My GF work has fired people for having inappropriate stuff on their myspace. true story.

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congrats. now you can give me that real train ride now. choo choo

wheres the school at? I saw something on the news about train school but missed it.

They were saying the train wreck in cali was due to the engineer being busy text messaging.

notice people are stealing the copper for the signal lines now. more fear of derailing.
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As a yard conductor, I move locomotives and trains via remote control. As an engineer, I will be operating the train on the main lines and in the yards, mine and foreign. I am not required to throw switches, or deal with a lot of the weather.
So instead of moving trains via remote control you do them while in the train? Sounds like more work to me.

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So instead of moving trains via remote control you do them while in the train? Sounds like more work to me.
When working with a remote, I am wearing 12 pounds of extra equiptment, and it throws your balance off. I am still doing all the normal brakeman duties with it, walking, throwing switches, ect. As an engineer, I sit in the cab of the engine, and a conductor takes care of switches, brakes, ect. The only bad thing is due to inactivity, engineers, aka "hoggers" gain weight.
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When working with a remote, I am wearing 12 pounds of extra equiptment, and it throws your balance off. I am still doing all the normal brakeman duties with it, walking, throwing switches, ect. As an engineer, I sit in the cab of the engine, and a conductor takes care of switches, brakes, ect. The only bad thing is due to inactivity, engineers, aka "hoggers" gain weight.
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congrats on the career move, hope it works out broski

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So instead of moving trains via remote control you do them while in the train? Sounds like more work to me.
Naaw! Dave will have more time to post here via Iphone as he sits waiting on the next signal.

In all sincerity, Dave is one of the best we've got in regards to work ethic. Never have me a problem. He'll do great as an engineer.

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Thanks, that means alot. I came from management before I worked at the railroad, so I know both sides of the fence.
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congrats dave! doing something you like and having more free time with your family is worth the difference in $. the move will pay off in the end.

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