I don't think there ARE
any "easy" jobs on the railroad!
So much of it requires lots of time away from home, you're never far from a phone call. COEN77 has said (as you and all of us railroaders know) its not a "job", but a lifestyle. If someone is looking for a 9-5 job with weekends off like a banker, railroading isn't likely it. Oh.....you might get a excepted job at some HQ or Division point---accounting, assets management, or something like that---but dirty fingernails-types like me, yer gonna spend a lot of time in the rain, the cold, on dark spooky nights in some yard or stretch of track where there might be bears or SNAKES.
We know that railroading is like no other work one can do and people see it as 'romantic" and wonderful---the brave Casey Jones at the throttle. it has, after all, been so romanticized in books and stories, folks get this picture of trains that only move from 9-5, and weekends with family just like THEY are accustomed to.
OH! I forgot to mention that there ARE a very few agreement jobs that have a regular shift: the shops. These have regular shifts (usually). Some only have one or two shifts; others, three. Track Supervisor is one of those that is, well.........."Saint Peter doncha call me 'cuz I 'cain't' go..........I owe my soul to the (fill in the blank) railroad." LOL!