Two stories, one before I hired on, one after:
One of my jobs in my previous life was club disc jockey. When I arrived in Portland and needed a job, I found a classified ad for a gentleman's club looking for a DJ. Took a ride to the other side of town to the club to drop off a resume, and interestingly the club is by the Portland & Western main line. After I dropped my res off and was coming outside, I hear a whistle. Here comes a Geep running light, and he stops about 100 feet from where I'm parked. Sure enough, the hog and conductor tie it down and saunter into the club for "beans". I laughed my ass off, some jobs have good perks.
Fast Forward to a year later, I'm hired out on UP. Brand new marked up on the road extra board, though I'd been in the yard a while so I wasn't completely green. I'm a big guy and found it hard to squeeze my shoulders into that little door and get stuff lined up right to pee, so I'd always go out on the front porch. We're in the hole one night on the East run, right on the Columbia river, absolutely beautiful night. I needed to go, so I jumped down to the front and get situated. I was checking out the river and the stars and everything, not paying attention to the block signal at the end of the siding. Instead of meeting one, we were getting run around. I'm right in the middle of business when I feel the rumbling, see the light on the rails and WHOOSH an intermodal goes flying by at 50. Of course the wind kicked up is the equivalent of a small tsunami, needless to say that what I was letting go wasn't reaching the intended area, rather getting blown back all over me. Luckily we had a quick run the rest of the way and was able to get to the hotel and changed. I also knew a guy in the yard who was lubricating the brakes when the brake reservoir pop valve let go and drenched him with that nasty water.