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A Day in the Life of a Norfolk Southern Conductor

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ONYX-WARRIOR16 (1 day ago)
What's the pay like?
ONYX-WARRIOR16 (1 day ago)
This is like being a truck driver but worse because there's no bed or rest stops. They can at least get some McDonald's or see a movie during breaks. Trains gotta hammer to the finish whether its 7 or 10hrs per trip and no real amount of sleep.
Brandon Young (19 days ago)
Never trust a guy who’s gloves are clean.
Thomas (20 days ago)
I like trains.
Dave Fertal (1 month ago)
you need to work in any weather condition. what if there is a ef 5 tornado
Macca Macca (1 month ago)
Shut up woman and let me eat my shitty salad.
AlexTheWoo (1 month ago)
Arctic Chod (23 days ago)
She said hold on to a ladder while a train moves 10mph. What an ACTION HERO
David H (1 month ago)
This is like a school puberty video or something....
Thomas 1 (19 days ago)
Bruh facts that’s what they use to play in school on the projectors 😂😭
Mr. Sniper Relic Hunts (1 month ago)
I’m 15 and planning on being a conductor any advice ?
Atmos (1 month ago)
All of these railroad career videos seem to be prepping you for how much it sucks.
Brian yeah that brian Strang (2 months ago)
Gabriel Carrier (2 months ago)
I’ve been at BNSF here in Amarillo Texas for 6 years now (2 as an engineer) and this job is the only job I’ve ever had that I literally cannot explain to anyone but railroaders. People just don’t understand what it’s like to take a surprise phone call off the extra board at 3 in the morning to dog catch a local. We undergo stress people just don’t understand.
bailbondsga (1 month ago)
im from the amarillo area as well. without any intent to offend anyone, if on call or 12 hours scare a person, or being away from home 'a couple days', try being a longhaul truck driver. 14 hour days, gone weeks, sometimes months from home, and the stress of countless idiots on the roadways on a mission to cut you off. yes the pay is good and getting even better. i think i would much rather be a railroad conductor. sounds a lot less stressful. ben, shamrock, tx
Thot Patrol INTL. (2 months ago)
This whole video felt like a Tim & Eric sketch..
Mpc97 (2 months ago)
2014: NS promotes being a conductor for the railroad. 2019: Railroads trying to eliminate the conductor position all together. The difference 5 years makes...
Lyric Videos (19 days ago)
Almost 2020 Nj transit can’t even afford drivers, and runs out of rolling stock
Tippy (1 month ago)
It has been my dream job since I was a kid, fuck me I guess
bullet train2019 (2 months ago)
I can't wait till I'm old enough so I can be an engineer for NS
IronHorse Rail Production's (1 month ago)
Mikey (2 months ago)
WTF did i just watch?.... seriously this ad is the worst i’ve ever seen ..everything about not being a conductor ...Everyone looks out of shape and are overweight ..I wouldn’t work for them regardless.. sound like a bunch of whiners ... i’d i ots
Sonny Pruitt (2 months ago)
I sure all these rail road workers are going to vote Democrat, so they can get that Medicare coverage instead of the rail road health coverage they have now.
Peter Johnson (3 months ago)
Not better than the military 😂😂😂😂
Thomas (3 months ago)
This is like a diabetes commercial in the beginning
jm90 00 (3 months ago)
Yeah put the black guy in the scene talking about drugs
Transcontinental Railroad Emergency Alert System (4 months ago)
Filipino In America (4 months ago)
I don’t drink, I don’t do drugs, I’m a physically fit male, and I love work that requires little to no sitting. No felonies. All my life I have worked outside. So how do I get in?
Rogue Video Productions (5 months ago)
How does someone even become a conductor?
RholyGaming (5 months ago)
He never tested his breaks... sad
Try X Jay (5 months ago)
85 pounds for a knuckle? Doesn't seem bad, thus us better than lifting cylinder blocks weighing 30 pounds a piece
sosa baby (5 months ago)
Why would your family like it when your not home?
Dontspamrob (5 months ago)
I'm guessing these conductors are trainmasters in disguise
Ryan Smith (5 months ago)
Think long and hard before making a decision to work for any of the railroad companies in America especially Norfolk Southern! They make big promises but NEVER deliver. They only use you when they need you and then they'll furlough you for God knows how long, this happens alot as a new employee. When you're furloughed you're not making any money and it can last for weeks at a time. You're also "on call" pretty much all the time and have to be ready in a moments notice (you'll usually have around 90 minutes to report after you've been called). If you make any mistakes you're subject to be fired and they DO look for reasons to fire you! As a railroad employee you DO NOT pay into Social Security so if you've worked for the railroad for a number of years and decided it isn't for you or more than likely get fired for whatever bogus reason they come up with then you're F***** out of any money that would have been played into your retirement elsewhere. The railroad companies of America are very, very greedy just like the trucking industries. Do not work for them if you have a family, do not work for them if you want a life because you'll be there b****!
Suffer (5 months ago)
Funny everyone says NS treats their employees like dirt. It's like that at every Class 1 railroad these days thats why the turnover rate is so high.
Darryl van Prather (5 months ago)
Wait a minute dude I have been under the rail road as well, they don't catch every body that do drugs and pay off people I'm the wrong but I have been there to it all my friend!
TheGinnnnnnger (6 months ago)
I wonder who paid these people for their "honest" opinions...
Caesar (6 months ago)
I'd rather have a cold beer and be on welfare.
Kimberly Williams (6 months ago)
Poor lady. She said her family likes her gone all the time.
Roman White (7 months ago)
I want to be a conductor but the comments killing me
Guerro Peuto (7 months ago)
“Norfolk Southern is going places, and I’m glad to be going with them” yea, to Precision Scheduled Railroading where we’re going to fuck over 90% of the workforce by furloughing and then talk about how we’re a company for the people. Shit company
Expensive Car I Love Lamborghini's (7 months ago)
Some people jump on the trains
Corey Flannagin (7 months ago)
3:06 HAAAA! Trust me, anytime you hear "anybody" say some shit like, "It's better that sitting at a desk or pushing paper" they actually "REALLY WISH" that's what they were doing instead. GTFOH!
Aaron (1 month ago)
I sit behind a desk. Its great
Difficult Gaming (8 months ago)
Anybody seen that movie unstoppable
Tyler Keleman (8 months ago)
Kinda curious how long your away from home i use to drive OTR in the semi and I’d be gone 3 weeks and home 2 days
Brian Burns (2 months ago)
Tyler Keleman You usually run out one day, spend 12-24 hours in a hotel, then catch a run back. Railroad crews have to be familiar with each line. That limits the area to somewhere between a couple hundred miles, up to around 1000. There are times you might be stuck out on the road. Sometimes work trains supply materials for track repair. They sometimes stay out for a week or so. One other long term away status is being forced to a run. If a job goes no bid, then the youngest man is forced to it. Sometimes things get slow in your home terminal. You can take a lay-off, or bid to a terminal with jobs which your seniority will allow you to hold.
Jay Hawkins (8 months ago)
Basically good pay good benefits no life
Ken McGrady (7 months ago)
Being broke all the time is no life neither !
jasper cameron (8 months ago)
you lost me at no drugs
Alan Strong (9 months ago)
I would have been ready for such work forty years ago. Not now. My left wrist would not allow me that privilege.
David Maltone (9 months ago)
At 4:16 -4:18 unfortunately this fella lifted that all wrong 😲😲😞👎🏻
kay joe (9 months ago)
My black man got the white woman... my man 💪🏻💪🏻
Man utd Fan (8 months ago)
@Klaus Helmut Her accent sounds Hispanic
Shane A (9 months ago)
was interested. not anymore lol
edcjunkie (9 months ago)
What's up with the guy doing a knuckle replacement and lifting with his back?
jackal monkey (9 months ago)
best thing i ever did was leave the NS after 10 years and go to another railroad.... and all i hear is negative things and people leaving now a days...
jj waters (9 months ago)
Lost me at 12-15 hrs day
SyntaxSandbox (10 months ago)
LOL I just pooped my pants. brb.
StanFromAmericanDad! (10 months ago)
I am thinking about doing this on the CN or NS. I can lift 205 lbs because I did weights in middle and high school, and I am a quick runner. It just may be a little harsh on them or myself because of the possibility of hitting someone of their car...
James Saunders (10 months ago)
And remeber no alcohol and no illegal drugs. Errrrr well yeah!! 🤔
Man utd Fan (10 months ago)
Her husband is definitely cheating her for sure
Ronald Williams (10 months ago)
Where is this school location?
Vince Roscoe (10 months ago)
I want to be a train conductor
IronHorse Rail Production's (11 months ago)
I'm hoping one day. One day, I could be in the cab of an ns freight train.
Figueroa Rury Laquinta (11 months ago)
Fuck that Man Horrible schedule
Nicholas Misch (11 months ago)
I've applied every year and never get a call
Brian Burns (2 months ago)
Nicholas Misch You’re lucky.
Roger Jones 2 (11 months ago)
Not 1 dang 1 of these people could switch a blue rail car out 10 red ones! If you don't want a life then yes its the place for you. Everyone I know that works there hates it!
N. F (11 months ago)
If you’ve got 30 + years of seniority it’ll be a great career. Otherwise, you’re subject to furloughs, forgot any union benefits. Lifestyle sucks
JACK WILLIAMS (11 months ago)
I aint fucking lifting 90 lbs. I dont work Christmas.
NWI Railfanning (11 months ago)
Isn’t it funny how I’m 13 and I already have a plan to go into the railroad industry?
Deb Terry (11 months ago)
You forgot the bosses hiding in the bushes to bust you
Ryan Laffey (1 year ago)
My dream is to work for NS
Kyle P (1 year ago)
If your prescribed to narcotics can you still be a conductor?
Ryan Smith (5 months ago)
No even of you're prescribe them they'll look for a reason to fire you
moe (1 year ago)
Is the pay good
Phil Jordan (1 year ago)
cool video
Fursicle Official (1 year ago)
5:08 I just live how a random high hood is just sitting there looking pretty.
XxStraightShooterxX (1 year ago)
I’m a conductor and yea I think the job is cool and the money is straight but if you don’t like being on call, staying in hotels, or just sitting on trains sometimes waiting for hours and hours then this job is not for you lol
JFeezy (1 year ago)
Pants and vest are too clean.
ReZiN8R (1 year ago)
Never knew Dr Dre was a conductor
Antonio G. (1 year ago)
What about lightning storms 🙄🙄
russell wigley (1 year ago)
Jesus christ. Don't let this video fool. The money is great but that's it. These are paid actors who have never pounded slag in their life.
Walmart Fanatic (1 year ago)
Seems good for a single man. Except the on call BS.
Will Casey (2 months ago)
It isn't that much different than working for a freight company
B1900pilot (1 year ago)
I have a couple of friends and a family member that work for N & S. They all said the same thing, “If you love trains and railroads...DONT work for a Railroad”. It’s not uncommon for things to look better on the outside looking in with many occupations. And, I don’t doubt for a second that mgt. wants young, unskilled, physicallyvcapable employees for this position. Most are going to quit in a few years, and the cycle repeats itself, costs stay low and the BoD and stockholders are happy. A similar phenomena has gone on in the airline industry, of which I am familiar. For those that can hack it and make it to the RR retirement, it’s worth it I suppose. Life is a series of decisions and compromises and the benefit must outweigh the consequences, sacrifices and QOL. America relies upon its transportation system to drive our economy and the railroaders and truckers make that economy thrive or not.
Josh Garnsey (1 year ago)
when the lady said "my family adjusted and got use to me not being there" I thought the words that were going to scroll down after the "no drugs" was going to say "no family" lolollol
Evil Cat (1 year ago)
Cool vid! Matter of fact I’m riding on a train right now
Amanda Holleran (1 year ago)
Coolbreeze0988 (1 year ago)
No alcohol....? That’s a no for me
Glen O'Riley (1 year ago)
OK the knuckles are 40kg ... about the weight of a bag of stock feed. Why make a big thing out of it?
Apollo 55 (1 year ago)
Ha! These are all actors. This is by far the dirtiest corp I've ever worked for and have seen them do unscrupulous things to decent employees time and time again. Speak to a real NS employee and I guarantee 90% will tell you they hate the company. Management's main job is to write people up and keep the masses in fear. Divorce rates are astronomical and you'll be consistently missing birthdays, holidays etc. Cancer runs rampant from all the toxic chemicals your surrounded by daily and HUGE amounts of diesel smoke your constantly breathing. I quit after 15 years over a back pay disagreement and it was the best decision I've ever made. I'll wrap this up from a quote of a REAL conductor "NS is the only company I've worked for that hires people just to fire them".
ScottyD (8 months ago)
Not just me either, every CT in my area about 15 of us.
ScottyD (8 months ago)
That's the truth. I was 4 months in a week from mark up and basically laid off (suspended), left a good job for what I thought was going to be a good career and now struggling to find a job and pay bills. Why the hell did you even hire me NS?
Fenek Gray (1 year ago)
I work in Russia on Russian Railroad on position "compiler trains"-it's russian title of american train conductor. I 23 years old and i have higher education of railway.We work 1 day and 1 night.First day work shift start in 8.00 a.m and will end in 8.00 p.m. Night shit - 8.00 p.m and will end 8.00 a.m. Work shit- 12 hours per day. Next 2 day we rest.Soo.15 days we work and 15 days we rest per month.Our salary of month it's only 450 dollar in translation from Rubles on Dollar. In year salary keep on 5000-5500$!In Russia considered good salary! P.S. I don't work in Moscow,it's usual region.Saratov area.
Music Universe (5 months ago)
Do you ever work the Siberian railway? The U.S. is a big country, but I couldn’t imagine working in Russia particularly in Siberia!
Adam Zaidi (1 year ago)
Damn, just watching this video made me feel like I was going to get fired from my job.
Logan Z (1 year ago)
I wanna drive a ns train when I grow up
Jenny Burns (1 year ago)
I repair and make new fans air conditioner mirrors bell ringers awnings toilets etc. For n.s. its very hard work keeping these trains rolling.
tallflguy (1 year ago)
If you are single and like to bang hookers then this is the job/life for you (No judgement). But if you are a family man then don’t do it!!!!
Jed (1 year ago)
This is awesome y’all hiring? How long will a conductor be on call for is it every week or does it rotate?
Oh boy (1 year ago)
Jed you are always on call unless it’s your days off. You can look at the board and have a general idea when you will be getting called to work.
Chancellor (1 year ago)
I run a backhoe for a gang in track maintenance in savannah ga. We have the same standards when it comes to on duty and off duty activity. Be ready at a moments notice. It really helped me to develop structure in my life and to value my life. Just because you're at work doesn't mean you have to be miserable or anxious for time to get off. Learn to take things as they come be adaptable and focused at all times. What helped me the most is to be in prayer throughout the day. You'll notice a day without it soon turns into a pretty bad day. I love my job I love NS even though I'm a contractor I still feel like a step brother or cousin to you true Ns employees thanks. Ps the longest train I ever saw came down that Georgia line boxcar willie!
Randy Welsh (1 year ago)
Conductors these days do what the switch man,etc did back when they had cabooses.
Ruben Morris (1 year ago)
i was interested intill the part of 7 days a week 365 days a year and random calls.
SmashMouthDipper (1 year ago)
The company runs 7 days a week 365 days a year. You do not as a conductor. You work 6 days on call 2 days off at a time.
Randy Welsh (1 year ago)
Ruben, then try the maritime service Ocean going ships. the work schedule is more systematized.
SkyKing (1 year ago)
I dont work for a railroad. However i know several train crew members and they all tell me the same thing. The $ is great but you better always watch your ass. They spend $70000 to train you but will fire you for so much as a dirty look to management and thats IF you can get hired. Took the guys i know 5+ attempts and 5+ years of trying
DJWreckAlot: Slowed, Wrecked, DJ, and A Prick :3 (1 year ago)
I live in katy, Texas, and I would give up anything to work for Norfolk!
0% Fucks (1 year ago)
By the way... the CT @4:20 didn't follow the 10ft rule whilst crossing the gauge occupied by equipment. Need to dismiss his goofy ass
0% Fucks (1 year ago)
@Oh boy I can't agree with you more in regards to the trainmaster. The 3 week experience in Georgia didn't teach much. It was great to get the training it rushed by quickly. With that. The train masters get the same training which is the scary factor.
Oh boy (1 year ago)
0% Fucks you have a shitty Trainmaster if he wrote you up for that and a bad union rep if you lost. 3 step is required to foul the equipment. Secondly, they teach you in Georgia the exact way he replaced that knuckle. Third, how do you replace the knuckle by keeping the 10’ rule if you are already in the gauge? You can’t walk away in the gauge(blood rule)to get 10’ and as you say if you walk outside of the gauge after replacing the knuckle you get wrote up. So, how did they tell you to replace that knuckle? I’m am curious.
0% Fucks (1 year ago)
@Oh boy I understand, but you still cannot fool the equipment. Even with 3 step protection. I thought this was complete nonsense at first, until I got a start minor for doing it and lost the investigation.
Oh boy (1 year ago)
0% Fucks he didn’t need to have 10’, he was replacing the knuckle and you can’t do that from 10’ away, lol
0% Fucks (1 year ago)
Hahahaha. That old count in the middle of the video definitely couldn't change a knuckle with her goofy looking ass
virginian 2-10-10-2 (1 year ago)
Affirmative Action is opposite of what MLK taught. It means hiring someone BECAUSE of the color of their skin and not by the CONTENT of their character. Truly an injustice for all. New world order. Maybe since I'm white I can easily get hired by a Mexican or African railway since I'd be a minority. After all it should be fair across the board. I won't hold my breath though.🤔 Just tired of the double standards.😑
Nick Josef (1 year ago)
how do i get started and is a college degree required ?
Randy Welsh (1 year ago)
Drums and Trains (1 year ago)
My uncle worked for NS for 26 years. Yea, he said it was tough, but the money was very good. He hasn't worked since he retired. Just sits back and relaxes. But yes, he'd be gone for 2 to 3 months at a time. But he did it, and he's living a good life now being retired.
Dana Crawford (1 year ago)
I heard conductors see a high rate of suicide humans or animals.
SwervinKerv (1 year ago)
Home? Where they work there is no...."home".
Epic Krafter (1 year ago)
2:05 U know he didn't pay for a good damn thing for that Dinner she is the Bread winner he probably kicks back and spends her money
Epic Krafter (1 year ago)
@ULLYSSES MCCULLOCH Because that's you
And how do you know that to be true sir?
stripervince1 (1 year ago)
If you want a rr job be a signalman. Best job. Reg hours. Wait til you get a midnight switching yard job in NY state or Minnesota in Jan in - 8 degrees. Or a hot box stops your 11,000 ft train in 3ft of snow, and it's axle 348. It's a rough job. I did it for years, and glad I'm retired now
はんすけ (1 year ago)
A Japanese minor traffic artery is taken up, please see it.