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Old 06-13-2012, 11:23 AM   #1
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Any working or retired railroaders on the forum?
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Not me, but our SIL is a conductor with BNSF and works out of Winslow, Az so we spend a lot of time at the Meteor Crater CG in our rig if we want to see our grandbabies.

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ten years with DRGWRR............hog head
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I always wanted to work on a railroad but never did. My paternal grandfather did and I have his watch (it still works; I wind it once a year to make sure it keeps working). It was made by American Watch Co. and, based on the serial number, it was made in 1874-1875, depending on which website I used.
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32 years here....DT&I, then GTW then CN. Engineer most of the time, 10 years in mgt in between. All but 2 years in the Flat Rock, Mi termimal. Don't miss any of it
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Old 06-13-2012, 03:14 PM   #6
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I was not a railroad man, but my Daddy was. He worked 14 years with, what was then, the Atlantic Coast Line, and 31 years with the Georgia and Florida Railroad. He tried his best to get me to follow in his footsteps but me, being the smarter of the two, opted for the U.S. Army and then law enforcement.
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does model railroading count?
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Old 06-13-2012, 05:04 PM   #8
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My Grandfather was the engineer (in cab window) for over 20 years on this
Baldwin articulated, compound Mallet 2-6-6-2..... 275,000 lbs....
A logging railroad that moved logs from the mountains to the sea, then
rafts took them to mills.
My first 2 summers after high school were spent driving spikes, literally with
a hammer, on the same logging railroad. I was an actual "Gandy-dancer"...

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I retired in August 2011 after working 40+ years on the BNSF RR in the Roadway Equipment Division, in the Engineering Dept, that involves aquiring and maintaining their large fleet of Railway Maintenance and Heavy Equipment. My career started with the CB&Q RR in 1966, which was a predicessor to BNSF as a result of the 1970 merger.

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Been working for the W&W now for eight years.. Been an engineer for 7 of those. Since we're a short line RR, everybody does most everything. I was an engineer yesterday and a conductor today..
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does model railroading count?
Why not. I started this thread just to see who was out there, but I do know many people are interested in railroading. Hopefully there are enough here to answer any questions about it anyone may have.
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does model railroading count?
I started in HO scale model railroading at 10 years old. In 2004, I decided I wanted to get paid for playing with trains. The president of the railroad very clearly told me that if the real ones come off the track, you can't just pick them up and put them back on!
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I started in HO scale model railroading at 10 years old. In 2004, I decided I wanted to get paid for playing with trains. The president of the railroad very clearly told me that if the real ones come off the track, you can't just pick them up and put them back on!
That's very true! I was an accident supervisor (derailments) for about 10 years. Much different re-railing HO trains vs the real ones.
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Forgot to mention I had an uncle who was Yardmaster in Memphis for the old Frisco Line. Another was an electrician with a railroad in MO before he became a wax sculptor. That one passed away earlier this year at 100 years old.
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