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Hello all.

One of our members recently applied for work at one of the big railroad companies and you all pitched in with practical advise about how to go about it.

I'm likewise soliciting advice, although my goals are somewhat more modest. My office here in LA is downsizing and I'll be cut free in a few months so its time to start looking for new work.

If possible here in LA, would there be the means of finding railroad work with a smaller operation, a short line perhaps, or the port which has its own railroad.

I'm 46, in good health, single, and without any family issues that would prevent me from putting in the hours that starting out requires. I'm used to working long hours and so forth, so I think that I have the practical outlook that would give me an advantage, despite no experience in the business.

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Comment by jbriogrande on January 22, 2015 at 8:28pm

"Good Luck"  ...yes....PHL is well managed.  Might be a good one for you.....

Comment by Andrew F. Laverdiere on January 22, 2015 at 10:45am

Thanks. Looks like some good leads there. PHL looks promising and they have a decent looking veteran hiring policy. 

Comment by jbriogrande on January 22, 2015 at 9:31am

Hi Andrew.......having had little experience in the railroad industry, you may find it a bit difficult to find a job.  I went to work with a small line at the age of 49 as a conductor, but I had work experience behind me with a number of different lines.  Maybe Pacific Harbor Line,....although they only run 18 miles of track:  Andrew C. Fox, Director.....they have about 20 locomotives on their roster and are pretty busy shuttling cars around.  The best short line for work, or where I would go is the Arizona and California railroad: Cadiz California to Phoenix or thereabouts.....:Tanya L. Cecil, General Manager, 1301 California Avenue, Parker, Ariz 85344.  Those would be my choices......J B 

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