Noel Weaver wrote:I agree with crazy nip on this one, totally. In addition to the long hood
forward, NS locomotives were not equipped with proper toilet facilities.
The toilet had a urinal for no. 1 but no.2 required that you put a plastic
bag over a frame do your thing, then tie it up, sign your name to it and
leave it on the engine. Stores have it that various crews would throw
these plastic bags full of s--t off in people's back yards, something that
the railroad took a dim view of. NS locomotives had the worst seats in
the industry and after a 300 mile trip sitting in one of them, we would get
off with sore arms, backs and just plain feeling rotten.
I understand that improvements are finally being made, seats are better,
toilets now are up to industry standards and an engineer now usually sits
on the short end.
I don't know about now but a few years ago on the Norfolk Southern
labor - management meant you labor, we manage.
I am thankful that I never had to work for them.
I agree with you on all counts--NS has the worst engines as far as crew amenities go--awful seats, bare-bones interior options, that stupid old-style control stand, no fridge... just awful.
The continuation of long-hood forward operation pleases RR enthusiasts, but not crews. Visibility is reduced and as someone else said, it causes more problems than it solves.
Labor relations aren't much better now then then, and they love to fire people.
I'm glad I hired out with BNSF rather than NS, by far.