Hey, my name is Cliff. I'm currently in highschool in Allentown, PA, and I've really been looking over the conductors job. NS pretty much runs this area, but there is a small CP yard in Bethlehem, but doesn't get too much action, and doesn't look like too much stuff is going on there. I've heard from somebody, that basically "NS is a bitch", and that you work 12 hour shifts, sometimes the conductor acts as the engineer, and take turns so eachother can sleep in the cab, and being called to yards in nearby states in 2 hour notice. I'm wondering if all of that is true, and I'd like to know what I'm in for with this job. Unfortunately, I've heard of people just going for the job, because it only requires training, and not college, which takes it away from people who actually have a heart for the railroad... I only want to hear from conductors and engineers, please state what company you're from too!