Name: Retired now
Employed as: Conductor, for 30+ years
Posted: 12 August 2015
Railroading can be\is a hard life. Working the road, especially "call
lists" unassigned freight and/or bridge\track gangs, heck, any
"extra list" etc., is much harder still. For the amount of time
spent at work, or subject to work, the pay is not that great.
Many things are better now days: the equipment & rolling stock, the
lodging, operational changes.....
Normal for RRers to bitch & complain. Did notice over the years that
there is a less of that from employees that worked regular jobs
with regular hours.
CSX has alienated too many customers & employees.
Railroading is not for everybody. An employee, no matter the craft,
should be treated with dignity & respect. Not made to feel that they
should be butt-kissing humbly grateful to just have a job.
There is way too much aggravation & stress & tension. In the operating
rule book for the trans. dept. there are rules regarding being civil,
courteous, & not be quarrelsome. EVERYONE should adhere to those & be
held accountable if they don't.
Things need to change.
Maybe there ought to be a total housecleaning starting at the top
management on down. Employee morale, stock worth, on & on, should
Maybe the big shots have ideas - they plan for things looking at years
ahead. Unions always have to play catch-up.
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Employed as: Other, non-employee, for N/A
Posted: 11 August 2015
I have seen a lot of young folks that wanted a railroad (transportation)
career. It was (IS) really hard to get on the payroll with any railroad,
some spent years trying to just get on anywhere. It is the same today,
they pay well and the reason for that is it is a life style. It would
be easier to join the Hell's Angels and be a prospect in a motorcycle
gang for 30 years than to work for the RR. The nights run in to days,
the months run into years, and the holidays never matter the trains
just keep on calling, and running, with you or without you. If you
decide you have had enough of making money, and a lot of it, just
refuse a call. See ya later bye.
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