Got a Career offer from both BNSF and CSX as a freight conductor! which do i choose? is a free online Railroad Discussion Forum and Railroad Photo Gallery for railroaders, railfans, model railroaders and anyone else who is interested in railroads. We cover a wide variety of topics, including freight trains, passenger and commuter railroads, rail news and information, tourist railroads, railway museums and railroad history.


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I recently got a offer as a Freight Conductor for BNSF and CSX, I'm not really sure which one Is a better company. I'm out of Chicago and everything at the interviews they didn't sound any different between each other. I've been reading a lot online and everything I read it sounds like BNSF is the better company but I would like some advice and knowledge from people that work in the railroad because I really don't have family or friends that work on the railroad. So which Company is better to work for BNSF or CSX? Any Advice will help! Thank you!


Been Nothin' Since Frisco
I'm pretty happy with my choice at BNSF. One advantage is you'll have system wide conductor seniority, so should you decide to leave the Chicago area, you'll have a lot of options.


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I would say BNSF but mine is a biast opinion. As far as system wide seniority goes, yes and no, its a little complicated ad prior BN territory has alot of closed districts whereas prior ATSF has systen wide.

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Bill Anderson

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I have never been employed by a railroad, but I think one consideration would be whether you eventually want to live east of Chicago or west of Chicago. 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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