• Amtrak Boston Crew Base Questions

  • General discussion about working in the railroad industry. Industry employers are welcome to post openings here.
General discussion about working in the railroad industry. Industry employers are welcome to post openings here.

Moderator: thebigc

  by AmtrakLocomotiveEngineer
1) All yard jobs are 40 hours over a period of 5 days. Road jobs vary from 10 to just shy of 12 hours, depending on whether you work to NHV, or through to NYP. The average Acela job to NYP is 11'20". There are also AC jobs that turn in NHV and may work closer to 12'.

2) It's all about timing and seniority. I'm seeing newbies holding regular AC spots within a year or so, but it varies depending on the crew base as well as the time of year. You can bid a regular whenever you want.

3) Unfortunately Amtrak seems to send people out to qualify and promote to Conductor rather quickly sometimes. I believe it's close to one year as an AC. Once you qualify on your territory and mark up, in most crew bases you "owe them" 6 months on the Conductor extra board.

4) Boston is a great crew base. Like any railroad, every crew base will have the crazy one, the miserable one etc. The majority of the people in Boston are very good people and welcoming. The morale overall is pretty high, at least it was when I worked in the crew base.
  by AmtrakLocomotiveEngineer
enterprise11 wrote:Another question: are new hires out of Boston ever forced to New Haven? Or do you stay with the crew base you hire out with?
Engineers have been forced to NHV in years past if they can't hold Boston. However, in the past year or so, the carrier has made extra spots on the extraboards to keep the junior guys in Boston due to over hiring. They're lucky.
enterprise11 wrote:Also, in your opinion is now a good time to come over? With regard to the political climate, any possibility of furloughs?
If you think you want to make the jump, don't hesitate as the quicker you make the move, the higher you'll be in seniority. In the event of cuts, furloughs etc, one notch on the roster makes a HUGE difference. I've never seen anybody not hold Boston as an AC.

PS, an advantage of AC's is there are more jobs.
  by 8th Notch
Furloughs are not common on passenger railroads, let alone along the corridor. Ive herd of a few people take the furlough out of Albany however even then with the national roster you still have options even though you may not be in the best position to exercise.