I recall a conversation I had with an N&W retiree who had once been told he was to be transferred to Bluefield. He commented that he wasn't keen on going there and was told, "son, your paycheck's gonna be in Bluefield." A co-worker of mine on the PRR who was reluctant to be moved from Cincinnati to Philadelphia was told "on Monday your job is in Philadelphia." Someone else had already been told to report to Cincinnati on Monday. Probably characteristic on all railroads, as Safetee points out. I know that on the PRR being moved around was regarded as a way of learning the railroad--probably also typical among railroads. All the more reason to pick a regional operation.