Hey guys, I'm new here as you can see. When I was younger I always loved trains, I grew up here in Southern West Virginia and watched the Northfork Southern Rail Line forever hauling the coal thru my town. As I got older I lost more and more interest, especially with hurtful coal regulations killing so much in my area, however last night I started thinking real hard about my career, after I graduate from high school. I originally planned to hit the coal mines for a few years, and then get my CDL and drive cross country. I am 17 now, and will 18 in November I might be graduating early too so I have started looking and planning out jobs and trying to decide specifically. The closest RR to me are CSX and NS. They laid off a lot of people here so I don't think I can find a job locally. My question is will they allow me to travel from my home county? I have land left to me and just don't wanna leave. Also what kind of training am I looking at? Is it a good job for a high school graduate? I know it's more money then most make here in my town even starting off. How long would it take to become an engineer thru seniority? What's it like working for NS or CSX? What is the day like in the life of a Conductor? Any guidance, or information would be greatly appreciated.