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I work as an assistant engineer on a big tug boat, I have experience with big EMD and caterpillars and maintaining all the systems (plumbing, electrical, hydraulic, etc...) I live on the boat two weeks and then go home for two weeks. Good pay and benefits (union contract)... But I've kinda always dreamed of working for the railroad. Is there a similar position on the rails? Is it even worth looking into. I fear I would have to start back at total entry level. Any suggestions most appreciated. (P.s. I found this forum while looking into buying a caboose to use as a cabin)


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I am not expert but I think you would have to start at the entry level because of the union agreements. Your current schedule is pretty nice too. Work hard but then plenty of free time to play hard too. 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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