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johnny jr.

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so soon I may be a conductor, hired on as a student conductor first. but my question is, what type of bag or pack would you recommend as a conductor to use
military surplus or other? :confused:
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Pete Sakes

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These two super-durable brands are popular among railroaders: and . Whatever you get, pay the extra money and get something high quality. It will be worth it in the long run. Red Oxx makes a bag specifically for railroaders, but you have to type in "railroad" in their search box to find it: It's a little too big, in my opinion, to squeeze in and out of locomotive doors. Same with their railroad backpack, which looks big enough to live inside of: Me, personally, I used the Red Oxx airline carry-on size bag. I've had it since 2007 and it's holding up very well. One zipper pull broke off a few months ago, but I have yet to do anything about it. Red Oxx will replace it for free, but I need to send it back to them. I don't know much about the Autumn Creek brand, but I was told the company was started by an ex-railroad employee. I do know from experience that a cheap bag or backpack will fall apart very quickly! By the way, since you need to use the bag or backpack on the job, it's a tax write off. 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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