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I have accepted a Conductor Trainee position in Mason City, Iowa. I'm looking for any advice you might have and a little insight into the training program and the type of work in Mason City as far as road or yard.


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Run away. That's the best advice I can give you. Do a little bit of time and listen to your coworkers and you will get it. Don't listen what management tries to sell you and you DO have Union representation despite being a trainee. Find your local Union reps and ask them for help if you need it. And never, NEVER snitch anyone out to management- you will get black balled by everyone you work with from the start. The job market is good right now try to find something else! is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

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