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I am currently in the military and I want to get a job with a railroad company after I retire in late 2018. At that time I will be 58 years old. The job I want is a Diesel Locomotive Mechanic. I don’t have a specific company or location that I want. I realize that this will probably be my last job and ever since I was a little kid, I’ve always loved trains. My mechanical background jobs were a typewriter repairer, small gas engine mechanic, jet engine mechanic, and water purification equipment service technician. My question for the forum is how do I increase my odds getting hired with the railroad? I know my age is not helpful. Should I take a course in Diesel Mechanics while I’m still in the military? Any advice will be appreciated. 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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