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    Locomotive Engineers

    Is anyone a locomotive engineer or conductor? I am trying to find out if it's possible to job shadow either of these jobs somewhere in Iowa. Also if there are any pros or cons to these jobs that you can share I would appreciate it.



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    Re: Locomotive Engineers

    If there are any here, I've also got a question. If a locomotive were on a treadmill, would it be able to pull the cars?



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    Re: Locomotive Engineers

    I actually think this would be a very cool job for about a year, then the scenery would get old.



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    Re: Locomotive Engineers

    I'll add another question, why do you blow your horn louder and longer at 3 a.m. going through Glidden than at 3 p.m. when people are actually awake?


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    Re: Locomotive Engineers

    Quote Originally Posted by fatkid1974 View Post
    I'll add another question, why do you blow your horn louder and longer at 3 a.m. going through Glidden than at 3 p.m. when people are actually awake?

    Holy ****, I moved to Carroll in May and noticed this too. Sometimes they blow the horn from one side of town all the way to the other without stopping. It's annoying as hell.



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    Re: Locomotive Engineers

    Quote Originally Posted by fatkid1974 View Post
    I'll add another question, why do you blow your horn louder and longer at 3 a.m. going through Glidden than at 3 p.m. when people are actually awake?
    Same thing in Sioux City. I never notice a train horn until about 8:00 at night. Some will blast their horn for almost 10 second burts over and over. I can't sleep with my bedroom window open because it wakes me up every time another ****ing train rolls through. I live over a mile from the tracks.

    I live in Freddy Court at ISU for 2 years about 200 yards from the tracks there and never had a problem with train noise.



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    On the horn thing...I have friends that work for the railroad.....the more complaints they get from residents of a city, the louder and longer it gets. Proof: dowtown Des Moines.



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    Re: Locomotive Engineers

    Quote Originally Posted by IsuGuy99 View Post
    Is anyone a locomotive engineer or conductor? I am trying to find out if it's possible to job shadow either of these jobs somewhere in Iowa. Also if there are any pros or cons to these jobs that you can share I would appreciate it.
    Dude. I made the same mistake. Transferred to com sci when I found out it wasn't that kind of engineer.



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    I was sitting on Duff heading south today and predictably got stopped by the train. There was a guy that stuck his head of the main rail car and flexed and kissed his biceps as he passed through the intersection.



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    Quote Originally Posted by CyCrazy View Post
    I was sitting on Duff heading south today and predictably got stopped by the train. There was a guy that stuck his head of the main rail car and flexed and kissed his biceps as he passed through the intersection.
    Were you riding a bike with no shirt and singing? That's prolly why...



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    Quote Originally Posted by 00clone View Post
    Were you riding a bike with no shirt and singing? That's prolly why...
    No I was in my beat up 94 GMC Sonoma with my daughter crying because of the sounds the train was making. Oh and after that I went to baby talk at the library....... I was the only dude there. Thats my day in a nutshell.



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    Quote Originally Posted by CyCrazy View Post
    No I was in my beat up 94 GMC Sonoma with my daughter crying because of the sounds the train was making. Oh and after that I went to baby talk at the library....... I was the only dude there. Thats my day in a nutshell.
    LOL...the funniest part is that I've been there dude...well, not at the Ames library, but in our town. Well, here's hoping there was at least some good looking moms there to take the sting off a little.




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    Quote Originally Posted by 00clone View Post
    LOL...the funniest part is that I've been there dude...well, not at the Ames library, but in our town. Well, here's hoping there was at least some good looking moms there to take the sting off a little.

    Nope no hot milfs.



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    Re: Locomotive Engineers

    Major con: fatal accidents. It's inevitable that a locomotive engineer will be involved in a fatality. 25 % of pedestrian fatalities are suicides. One just happened in Kellogg last month.
    Train engineers traumatized by fatal collisions



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