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by Gadfly
Tue Nov 27, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: General Class I and II Discussion
Topic: Do Engineers mind Railfanners wearing vests?
Replies: 13
Views: 4511

Re: Do Engineers mind Railfanners wearing vests?

`If he as nothing to do with the RR, then I'd tell 'im, (when threatened to call the cops) "GOOD! I'll WAIT for him!!!!" Then I'd file a complaint against him for ROAD RAGE! This guy has a mental problem and it is HE that needs to be reported! :-D :-D People like that are tender boxes waiting to go ...
by Gadfly
Thu Nov 15, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: General Class I and II Discussion
Topic: Do Engineers mind Railfanners wearing vests?
Replies: 13
Views: 4511

Re: Do Engineers mind Railfanners wearing vests?

No crews do not like when railfans wear PPE vests. It makes us think you are an official or something is wrong. PPE around tracks is for protection, not to show your loyalty to our job. If you are railfanning and need a PPE vest then you are too close to the tracks. I suspect that part (not all) of...
by Gadfly
Tue Nov 13, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Employment
Topic: RRR and 401K
Replies: 19
Views: 5979

Re: RRR and 401K

Wayside wrote:Railroad retirement's positive qualities are a fairly well-kept secret in this country. I'm okay with keeping it that way, so yeah, it's a total scam. :wink:
I just know I don't want it messed with!

GF
by Gadfly
Tue Nov 13, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Employment
Topic: Becoming a ticket agent
Replies: 1
Views: 1332

Re: Becoming a ticket agent

Hi! I'm a recently retired (as a local NYC journalist, actually working part-time) guy who is a lifelong railfan. I've recently dealth with ticket agents on the MetroNorth and Shore Line (on a trip to Ct.) systems, and it occurs to me that since I'm an older guy who would like to work for a few mor...
by Gadfly
Thu Oct 25, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Radio and Communications
Topic: Extending range
Replies: 16
Views: 10443

Re: Extending range

There could just be some impediment between you and the LIRR transmitter’s antenna. you could be in a spot where a hill or building obstructs the signal. I suggest that you PM member CPF363. He is an electrical engineer, and specializes in radio equipment. If you are a base station (at home), try a...
by Gadfly
Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Employment
Topic: Out of State NJ Transit Engineer Employment
Replies: 5
Views: 2074

Re: Out of State NJ Transit Engineer Employment

If they know your from out of state , they may be very cautious about you taking the training and then leaving. I would doubt they would for 1st time employers. Once you are covered by the agreement, you would then be covered as per said agreement for subsequent moves that are caused by the company...
by Gadfly
Fri Sep 21, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: CSX Transportation
Topic: Major locomotive damage in CSX derailment
Replies: 7
Views: 2962

Re: Major locomotive damage in CSX derailment

On a scheduled railroad the schedule is the one and only consideration. A little loco damage here and there will never affect achieving the desired model of operational excellence. "Operational Excellence"? That is a far-removed concept for CSX! We used to call 'em, "The Slowboard Clothesline", and...
by Gadfly
Fri Sep 21, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Employment
Topic: Military to RR
Replies: 9
Views: 2169

Re: Military to RR

GoNavy ! wrote:Thanks Gadfly.... Do you know anything about the EFLS position at BNSF ?
I don't know what "EFLS" is. Different railroad sometimes = different names for stuff. :P

GF
by Gadfly
Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Employment
Topic: Military to RR
Replies: 9
Views: 2169

Re: Military to RR

There are advantages to shop jobs like Engineer Spike listed. I started out in the shops as a laborer, never dreaming I'd end up a clerk/agent. But I got cut off, so I went on Line of Road. Mostly Extra Board. I, too, did not like the rotating shifts, never knowing when I'd have to work, when I'd be...
by Gadfly
Fri Aug 31, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Employment
Topic: Need Advice for Railroad Emplowment
Replies: 7
Views: 2483

Re: Need Advice for Railroad Emplowment

One more point is that some class 1 companies do force promotion, while others don’t. I think that some passenger companies put out advertisements for engineer trainees. These jobs are sometimes open to any employee. You could have been a coach cleaner, carman, track worker, or conductor. The spare...
by Gadfly
Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: Employment
Topic: Need Advice for Railroad Emplowment
Replies: 7
Views: 2483

Re: Need Advice for Railroad Emplowment

Hello I am retiring from my current job with 20 years (at 49). I am looking to start a new career with the railroads. I won't bore you all with how much I love trains and such but I will say I used to drive trucks and operate heavy equipment and would like to work in this transportation industry. I...
by Gadfly
Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Employment
Topic: Do railroads really value their employees?
Replies: 11
Views: 4466

Re: Do railroads really value their employees?

Working in the railroad environment that I did, it was a mixed bag. A lot depended on the location and the particular management on board at the time. Southern Railway was generally very strict in the Transportation Dept. The shops where I first started were more like most other "civilian" heavy rep...
by Gadfly
Mon Jun 18, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Employment
Topic: CSX Train Dispatcher.
Replies: 5
Views: 4117

Re: CSX Train Dispatcher.

UPDATE. Tuesday 5/15/18, submitted resume. Wednesday 5/16/18, received email stating I was moved to the next step. Thursday 5/17/18, received a call and setup a interview for monday. Good Luck! My railroad (SOU and ultimately, NS) liked to hire from within. You've got an edge over anyone off the st...
by Gadfly
Mon Jun 18, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Last NEW steam built in US?
Replies: 8
Views: 4439

Re: Last NEW steam built in US?

NW 611 was built in 1950. As a kid, I saw NW steam in Salisbury as late as 1959 near an interchange track and close to the big Salisbury, NC (Southern) station.

GF
by Gadfly
Mon Jun 18, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Steam Locomotives
Topic: Cost/Requirements of operating a steam locomotive
Replies: 3
Views: 4649

Re: Cost/Requirements of operating a steam locomotive

I was recently down in Portland and was talking to one of the volunteers that work at the ORHC and he was telling me about how UP won't allow them to run their steam locomotive on their tracks, which is a bummed, due to insurance reasons. I'd really like to know what the average cost and/or require...

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