CSX railroad is about to offer me the position of freight conductor. My search for a job was spurred by the fact that my current employer, a local military defense contractor, has been laying people off and our director of operations has been dropping hints that the entire facility may be shuttered sometime between now and the end of the year. Here's a summary of the position. General Job Description: A conductor is a train service employee in charge of line-of-road train movements and/or yard switching and train make-up. They are required to operate switches; operate uncoupling levers; operate remote control devices; sets/releases hand brakes; inspects and makes minor train repairs; comprehends signals, safety, operating rules and communications; and, supervises switching activities and train movements. Principal Duties and Responsibilities: Supervise the switching, loading/unloading, breaking or making up of trains. Travel with the train on its assigned route. Inspect all equipment on cars prior to departures. Assist and instruct crews to couple and uncouple cars, operate switches, and make minor repairs to railcars, including replacing heavy couplings or air brake hoses. Requires walking long distances over uneven terrain. Receive and review instructions from dispatchers, Yardmasters, and station agents and discuss with locomotive engineer and train crew. Ensure all train orders, signals, and railroad rules and regulations are complied with. Prepare required reports, including train bulletins, switch lists, time slips, delay and accident reports, industry work order, etc. Utilize onboard computer systems to process payroll and other information. Must complete annual training and successfully pass safety and operating rules examinations. Federal regulations require periodic testing for drugs and/or alcohol. Work hours vary in length and schedule, including being on call 7 days a week, 24 hours per day. Conductors are exposed to various safety hazards and are required to wear protective equipment such are hearing protection, safety glasses, etc. Most work is done outdoors, year around. Knowledge, Skill And Ability Requirements: Solid employment history preferred. No pending criminal charges or active probation. No felony convictions within the past five years. No DUI within the past three years. A safety leader. Military, heavy equipment, or mechanical experience a plus. Must be able to pass reading, hearing, vision, and color vision exams and physical examination. Does anybody have experience working for a railroad? I'm well aware that the hours are brutal and that I'd be working outdoors.