I am new to this forum and I look forward to discussions with people who work or have worked for freight rail operations. It looks like the railroads are hiring people in my area. I have been a truck driver for 15 years and have a perfect safety record. I know a truck isn't a train... but, I am in pretty good shape and am considering a leap from asphalt to the steel rails. Thanks for any ideas or info. I have been a fan of trains since I was about 5 years old. Every summer my mother would take my sister and I to Seattle to visit my grandpa. In the early years it was the "Abraham Lincoln" by GM&O up to chicago. Then it was either the "Empire Builder" by Great Northern or the "North Coast Limited" by Northern Pacific. I think these names are right. And later Amtrak. It was always an adventure to ride the train as a child.