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Old 07-16-2009, 12:53 AM   #2
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It really depends on the size of the company. For example, the bigger the carrier the more specific and focused your job description will be. With a larger carrier, you will just work under the direction of the conductor and nothing else. With a smaller non-union carrier, expect to work beyond the scope of your job description, i.e., engineer, conductor, track laborer positions all in the same work week. However, the smaller the carrier, the more likely that you will be able to "plan" your days off. With the larger carrier, you will work something called an "extra board" and be expected to be available for work 24/7. Of course, this is just a "basic" idea of the lifestyle that you will incur so, be forewarned!
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