I'm a sophomore in high school and I hope to work at Strasburg after college or for a summer next year or the year after. I'd love to work for NJ Transit, but it's too rough. First 5 years is working the extra list and you can't plan to do anything at any day because you're on call, and its long hours and early mornings and late nights.
I'm going to go to school for engineering, and am going to take a few night classes to learn machining. I'm about to start building a Little Engines 4-6-2 Pacific modeled after an Erie K5s, and want to learn machining so I can do it in my garage to build it from rough castings. There's something about building something completely from scratch that gives you an extra satisfaction when its done.