DutchRailnut wrote:at or near $30 an hour you make it fun, it beats flippin burgers.
I was thinkin' the same thing! People have this romantic notion of trains, steam choo choos, and a wonderful, "easy" life making bunches of money. But they don't want to do, or accept, the actual work that comes with it! They want 9-5 w/ Saturday and Sunday off! The money IS good: I'm afraid that those childish notions of the railroad are false! To make that money you will walk the trains, you will replace knuckles, you will work in the rain and the snow. It goes on 24/7! YOU will BE there when they call!
(We had a saying: "It NEVER rains on the railroad!") Many is the time I trudged thru some lonely, dangerous yard in freezing rain at 2 AM as a yard clerk. It was a job, and it HAD to be done, OR you quit or get FIRED!
I've seen it plenty of times. The foamin' joes "foam" all over their shoes to fullfil this so-called life-long dream, then reality hits when they actually get out there!!
It ain't what they thought it was! " When the going gets tough, the tough get going"! THESE
are the REAL