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I've being working at my job for 4 years at a tire plant in SC. I have several years a military experience and I'm 33. Is this too old to try and join the railroad. I have read that RR retirement takes 30 years which would put me at 63. Would my age be a disqualifying factor?


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No it wouldn't; I know of people in their 40s that have gotten hired withing the last 5 years.

Good luck!


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