Bob, You already know what I do for a living. Yes I've met Bob in person and I've had the tour and seen first hand some of Bob's work. He is a great guy and a talented artist.
For the rest of the community, I'm a locomotive Electrician, yes I get paid to fix locomotives.
One thing to remember, at work it's not my trainset, you have to fix the locomotive they want fixed. So yes, there are good days and bad days, but all in all it's a good job.
I've operated every locomotive type the railroad owns and tested them in push pull service on our test track, but I've never pulled a train
Railroading beats the heck out of driving a cement mixer, yes I was a truck driver before getting the job with the railroad.
I started out driving trucks over the road and when I got enough experience under my belt, I was able to find local driving jobs.
Yes, the above trucks are trucks I've driven. Getting back the to the railroad electrician job, I received my electrical training in the United States Air Force.
For those interested in getting a job with the railroad, all I can say is keep trying. just remember, it's not just a saying, it's 100% true, railroads are 24 / 7, 365 days a year.
I have enough seniority now to hold a daylight schedule, but my rest days are still during the week. Saturday's and Sundays are part of my work week.
When I first hired on, I was on the midnight shift, let that sink in for a few minutes.
You'll also work holidays, while your family and friends are at home enjoying the holidays and you can forget about summer vacations until you start to move up the seniority ladder.
The railroad can be a drastic change to someone who's worked a 9 to 5 job with weekends off, but in my opinion, in the long run it's worth it.