Railroad Jobs (question)

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Im thinking about making a job change. Been working in auto racing for 11 years and the travel is getting to me. job is fun but the travel sucks. I plan to start a family soon and spending weeks away from home simply wont work. I see that railroads are looking for lots of people lately and would like to know what it is like as far as travel and what jobs to look for if I wanted to stay local or home every night. I come from a construction background and know what its like to work outdoors with heavy equipment. I know alot about trains but little how the railroad expects its workers to live/travel.

any advice is great

Trent Blasco


Jack of no trades
There really isnt a job unless you work for a shortline that you will be home every night.

If you work on a Class 1 as a conductor they do alot of travel over the road, you can be on a set job (yard job, local) that wont travel as much.


BCR Hoghead
The railroad is the wrong career to get into if you want family time. You'll work on call 24/7/365 and if you don't have enough seniority to stay in your home terminal you can be forced out of town to a different terminal for months at a time.

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