• NS Trainservice in Greenville, SC

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Discussion relating to the NS operations. Official web site can be found here: NSCORP.COM.
  by daybyday
Does anyone on this board work NS Train Service in the Greenville area or know what type of work (Local, yard, thru freight) is available out of that area?

The reason I'm asking is that I recently went to a NS hiring session in Greenville, but I was surprised when the trainmaster said that we could expect to be borrowed out to Charlotte, NC 6-7 days at a time. From all the past posts on this board, I was expecting some time spent away from home, but I was surprised when he said it would be up to a week at a time.

Just wondering if this is the true or if the T.M. was justing trying to scare away the weak. It worked on me for the time being.

Again, just trying to hear from someone that actually works in the area that can shed some light on how much time is spent away from home.

Thanks, DBD
  by ns engineer
I dont work in the Charlotte North end but I do work out of Linwood.What the TM was refering to is being held at a outlaying point.A conductor or engineer can be called and held to a job at a outlaying point up to six days.Linwood crews get held to jobs on Greensboro,Danville Lynchburg Durham and Winston-Salem.I would say that its the same way on the Greenville end.I know the Greenville extra-broads cover Spartinburg,Blacksburg,Gastoia,and Charlotte.They also work all the though freights between Greenville and Linwood.Getting held to a job is not all the bad.The railroad will put you in a motel,pay you a meal allowance, and ether taxi you or pay for your gas to drive your personal car.And a lot of the time you ge the off days of the job.Hope this helps.

  by daybyday
NS Engineer,

Thanks for the reposne. It makes a little more sense now. Can you explain a little more about what you mean by "gets held to a job." The way I read that is, NS would taxi me or pay me to drive to Charlotte for example, and I would work say the 5am Charlotte local every day for a week and then I'd drive or taxi back to Greenville. Is that correct that you work the same job every day you're away, or are you basically at their disposal for any jobs in the area?

I have one other question for you. Have you ever overslept, and if so what is NS' policy on that. From what I heard at the hiring session and have read on this board, I'm excited about making a career change, but I'm a little bit hesitant to switch to a job where I'd get fired if I ever overslept. Between the varying schedules & the amount of hours you guys work, it seemes like its bound to happen at some point.

Thanks again for your respose, DBD