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Starting railroad job-may affect my display...

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well i got on with CSX railroad. ill be a full fledged conductor by the middle of january. this is my second week over here in Atlanta for training. if anyone has friends or family that work for the railroad, u probably know what i mean. you are on call 24/7. the railroad does not stop for holidays. my time to do my display as involved and big as i do now may be down the drain.

There are plenty things that outway the long hours and all. in about three years my salary will triple what i was making before i decided to do this. the benefits are awsome, retirement is amazing. my wife will be able to quit work in bout 1 1/2 yrs and stay home with my twin girls and maybe another baby in the future. i have a good friend that is an engineer for CSX and has worked for them for about ten yrs. so i know what its all about.

while ive been over in atlanta my light o rama has been runnin on its own and has ran flawlessly while ive been away. my wife calls and lets me know that it is runnin fine. Just wanted to let my P.C. family know.... thanks


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Another railroader on here huh!! Nothing wrong with that...

I am an Engineer with the Union Pacific out here in Oregon. Congratulations with your new Career. I find plenty of time for my display between sleep and family. Should be no problem for you once you get out of training. You'll be an old head by next xmas and be able to lay off for the holidays. Anyways, I am 1st out on the xtraboard waiting to go to work,

Nice to meet Ya!!



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