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Hey everyone new to this forum. I actually have an interview for a conductor trainee position in Richmond CA and I had a couple questions about the job, and I was hoping someone could give me insight. Question 1) the pay says 99.66-164.20 a day, how does that work? Is it based off experience or when your on call and don't work vs when you do?
2) is the work out that way steady? I'm worried that when I get out that way I'm going get settled in and then they will tell me they need me somewhere else or I'll get bumped and I wont get paid. If anyone can gel me I would appreciate it.


Been Nothin' Since Frisco
The first few weeks are at the lowest rate, then the pay kicks up a bit for the next few weeks. After your brakeman test, the pay goes up again.

I have no idea what the work is like in California, but expect uncertainty for awhile. Is the position listed as Conductor Trainee - Primary Recall? If so, you can be recalled to your hiring location when the workload at the terminal requires the manpower. The recall term is usually five years. So, if you do have to leave town or even go out of state to continue working, be aware of the terms of the recall agreement if it exists.


New Member
Thanks. Yes it is a recall position, but I'm ok with that. And hopefully I'll be able to have somewhat steady work to take of my family and if there is anyone who works out of California do you know if the Richmond area is a busy one or if its one of the sought out areas by those with seniority?


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