Employed as: Locomotive Engineer, for 30+ years
Posted: 05 May 2012
It happens. First 3-4 years it'll be difficult. I initially hired out
in March 1977 did the physical got the call to start work on July 6,
1977. It didn't last long. I worked 18 days then was furloughed for 3
1/2 months got recalled in October for 6 weeks then furloughed for
another 3 1/2 months. Furloughs went on like this for the next 3 years.
It's just the railroad. It's not a normal mon-fri 7-3 job. Shattered
Dreams? I don't know what they tell people in Atlanta. Unless everyone
in your class was from the same area everyones situation was different.
Unless someone happens to hit it at the right moment the chances of
delays and furloughs are going to happen. It's been going on for as
long as railroads have been around. There will be retirements in the
near future it might not be fast enough for some people then again it
never has been. Only a small percentage of people I worked with never
had to experience furloughs. In 1979-1981 during a recession a lot of
people some with up to 10 years seniority got furloughed for several
years. Some of us from Michigan an Ohio took transfers elsewhere to
Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee. It's the nature of the beast. One
can't take it personal.