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Akbush
03-21-2014, 10:28 PM
After years of applying...i finally got called for a railroad interview. I hope it pans out. Im currently in training at a 121 regional about week 5. Starting sims after a short break. I have to say im not enjoying myself. My entire background was bush flying professionally prior to this.....I've found the adjustment to "normal" flying very difficult.......short of going back to Alaska.....i would love to work on the railroad and just be active in general aviation. If it doesn't work out with a job offer.....I'm going to go back to bush flying....probably in Africa this go around. Any other rail or bush guys on here?


8hourrule
03-22-2014, 06:38 AM
I have been applying for years. Norfolk Southern and CSX. No luck at all. Congrats man.

Apokleros
03-23-2014, 05:04 PM
I was called for an interview with Norfolk Southern last year, having no aviation work experience before that point. I bombed the interview badly. I have no clue how they choose their applicants, but one thing is for certain: they strongly desire individuals with a military background. If you have experience with heavy experience such as airplanes and stress the safety and regulatory aspect, you stand a strong chance of being called for an interview.


SkyHigh
03-24-2014, 11:13 AM
I know what you mean. After flying the bush 121 is a major drag. I expected it though. In college they told us that "getting there wasn't half the fun but rather all the fun". I did however expect to earn more and to have a better lifestyle in trade. Good luck with the railroad. I have a friend who got on with them and his life is much better.

Skyhigh

Checkdawg
04-01-2014, 03:14 PM
I interviewed at Union Pacific, they asked if I was afraid of heights. I, in turn asked if they saw what my current career was. They don't like the witty answer I guess. Didn't get hired......completely my fault.

Sata 4000 RP
04-02-2014, 05:04 AM
I heard there was a pre-employment railroad test one took via your PC and if you happened to get hired, they gave you this test again in indoc and compared answers to see if you might have cheated on the first test. If the two scores were much different they showed you the door. Any truth to that?

Akbush
04-05-2014, 10:15 PM
Didnt get the first job.....but have another RR interview in chicago on the 10th....maybe second times a charm.

I think thats true....may ne CSX that does the online written then gives you the same in INDOC

pitpilotc9
04-10-2014, 02:25 PM
I live in Fort Worth, and my neighbor works for BNSF (headquartered here). He told me that BNSF will be hiring an additional 3500 people in the near future. Depending on what you do in the railroad though, life can be a lot like working at the airline - especially if you are in operations. Lots of days on the road, coupled with frequent household moves.

pitpilotc9
04-10-2014, 02:28 PM
I live in Fort Worth, and my neighbor works for BNSF (headquartered here). He told me that BNSF will be hiring an additional 3500 people in the near future. Depending on what you do in the railroad though, life can be a lot like working at the airline - especially if you are in operations. Lots of days on the road, coupled with frequent household moves.

Quick edit - I was wrong - 5000 new jobs for BNSF in 2014. Link follows:

BNSF CEO says railroad will hire 5,000 workers in 2014 | Business | Dallas Business, Tex... (http://www.star-telegram.com/2014/03/18/5659053/bnsf-ceo-says-railroad-will-hire.html)#

Akbush
04-10-2014, 03:07 PM
Quick edit - I was wrong - 5000 new jobs for BNSF in 2014. Link follows:

BNSF CEO says railroad will hire 5,000 workers in 2014 | Business | Dallas Business, Tex... (http://www.star-telegram.com/2014/03/18/5659053/bnsf-ceo-says-railroad-will-hire.html)#

Im cool with that....i want a similar life style....i want to travel and such...except i would like pay and benefits..the RR offers its employees that.......few airlines do. :)

turbotrash8er
04-10-2014, 03:16 PM
I went to the bnsf interview and took the written test. It seemed pretty easy as most of it was reading comp stuff. Somehow I managed to botch it!!! Any how working on the railroad is much like airline life from what I hear. Only you risk being on reserve much longer aka an "extra board". And they will call at all odd hours of the night and day once you get your legal rest.

Akbush
04-10-2014, 03:21 PM
I went to the bnsf interview and took the written test. It seemed pretty easy as most of it was reading comp stuff. Somehow I managed to botch it!!! Any how working on the railroad is much like airline life from what I hear. Only you risk being on reserve much longer aka an "extra board". And they will call at all odd hours of the night and day once you get your legal rest.

Yeah...i just had my test at amtrak today in chicago. Its very much like airlines....i wanted that but with actual pay and benefits....especially the RR retirement pension. Both sides have their pros and cons.

JDREsquire1224
04-11-2014, 06:24 PM
What's the earning potential in this career field? Where are you based and how long on the road?

threeighteen
04-16-2014, 03:42 PM
What's the earning potential in this career field? Where are you based and how long on the road?

It's probably the best "blue collar" job out there in terms of pay. I know guys that just got into it and make $60k. I know other dudes that have been in for only a few years and make $80k.

Base just depends on where you apply to work. Expect to be on the road A LOT. A lot more than aviation for sure.

Toasty
04-18-2014, 09:47 AM
I've found the adjustment to "normal" flying very difficult

What did you find difficult adjusting to?



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