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Good morning guys. I need some help. So I just got offered a job to be a freight conductor 2 1/2 hours away from my current town where my ole lady and I live. She is in grad school and cannot move off with me yet. How often would I be able to go see her? Would I work regular 40 hour weeks with overtime every once in awhile? Or is going back home to see her out of the question?


Depending on the railroad, you could be working 12 on and 10 off, seven days a week, or be on the extra board, and only work a few days a week, whenever the railroad needs you. You will probably also need to be available when called, usually with an hour or so's notice.
You can be almost certain you won't have a 40 hour week with regular hours. Those tend to be passenger or yard assignments, and the people with the most seniority generally have them. 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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