Prospects of being a CSX new hire conductor in Massachusetts

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Re: Prospects of being a CSX new hire conductor in Massachus

Postby AmtrakLocomotiveEngineer » Sun Sep 03, 2017 12:28 pm

SlotCanyoneer wrote:Thanks for all the responses. I have applied to Amtrak and I am even open to applying to the P&W, whom I know is now owned by G&W. I have thought about applying to Keolis but their starting training rate for a conductor is ridiculously low!! 10.00/hr until completing training!! No way I could do that. But certainly if other positions open up I would be open to applying.

Just curios. The above was posted on March 19th of this year. Where are you now? P&W has ALWAYS been very difficult to get into as it's a smaller operation. Obviously, if you had taken the Keolis route, you'd be making much more than $10/hour now.
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Re: Prospects of being a CSX new hire conductor in Massachus

Postby SlotCanyoneer » Sat Sep 30, 2017 4:50 am

Amtrak Locomotive Engineer,
I am still with the federal government. I have given up on CSX as it simply doesn't seem to be a smart decision given the new CEO taking over. Also they abolished the conductor position I applied for anyway. I have applied to several other jobs with Keolis but at this point I have been shot down by them. I have applied to a number of Amtrak jobs in Boston as well. So far the applications seem to still be under review online. I have taken the online assessments but have heard nothing yet. No complaints from me as I do make a decent salary at 56k a year and I'm also offered quite a bit of OT at work. Also the benefits aren't too shabby being a federal employee. I think I will keep crossing my fingers that I will hear from Amtrak as I think they would be my best choice.
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Re: Prospects of being a CSX new hire conductor in Massachus

Postby enterprise11 » Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:51 pm

SlotCanyoneer wrote:Amtrak Locomotive Engineer,
I am still with the federal government. I have given up on CSX as it simply doesn't seem to be a smart decision given the new CEO taking over. Also they abolished the conductor position I applied for anyway. I have applied to several other jobs with Keolis but at this point I have been shot down by them. I have applied to a number of Amtrak jobs in Boston as well. So far the applications seem to still be under review online. I have taken the online assessments but have heard nothing yet. No complaints from me as I do make a decent salary at 56k a year and I'm also offered quite a bit of OT at work. Also the benefits aren't too shabby being a federal employee. I think I will keep crossing my fingers that I will hear from Amtrak as I think they would be my best choice.


Keolis currently has a posting up for their next Assistant Conductor class, and have generously raised their training rate to 11 dollars an hour!

I still stand by my recommendation to apply; it's a VERY good job. You'll get the training rate for eight weeks at straight time, so 440/week before taxes, but will mark up to 75 percent A/C rate once you graduate. You'll be working a ton too since they're hurting for people, and the extra-board is a 6 on/1 off schedule with a 2 hour call. PLENTY of OT, and you'll make good money your first year out, not to mention the bennies and railroad retirement. Feel free to PM me for specifics.
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