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#1 TrainLoverJoy

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Posted 20 September 2014 - 12:15 PM

I'm on the Eagle and yesterday while stopped at St. Louis, stopped on the track next to us was the Lincoln. And much to my surprise the most unlikely person I could imagine was climbing up the side of the engine.....a gray-haired grandmotherly type was the Engineer! Good for her!! I'm wondering how many female Engineers work for Amtrak....probably not enough....but I'm sure she must be the oldest.

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Posted 20 September 2014 - 12:33 PM

There are a few out on the West Coast who work the Capitol Corridor and San Joaquin routes as far as I have seen. Unless I've seen the same few they seem to be fairly common (meaning more than one here or there). Can't say they are gray-haired and grandmotherly though! Historically it has been more of a male dominated profession, however if you can do the job safely and meet the requirements, male or female, have at it!



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Posted 20 September 2014 - 12:55 PM

Next thing you know they are flying planes!



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Posted 20 September 2014 - 01:04 PM

There are a couple of female engineers that work SAS-AUS/ SAS-DLR on the Texas Eagle/ Sunset Ltd.Routes!

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Posted 20 September 2014 - 01:04 PM

We have had female engineers on the Southwest Chief and on the Pennsylvanian.  No reason why there shouldn't be more.

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Posted 20 September 2014 - 01:21 PM

I'm on the Eagle and yesterday while stopped at St. Louis, stopped on the track next to us was the Lincoln. And much to my surprise the most unlikely person I could imagine was climbing up the side of the engine.....a gray-haired grandmotherly type was the Engineer! Good for her!! I'm wondering how many female Engineers work for Amtrak....probably not enough....but I'm sure she must be the oldest.

 

Currently there are a lot more female engineers than 30 years ago but there were some who started back then who are still working. So the one you saw may be among the oldest but may not be the oldest female engineer still working. I know one on the NEC who is a great grandmother. i would not say she was the grandmotherly type though.......



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Posted 20 September 2014 - 01:39 PM

There are a few in Southern California on Metrolink, Pacific Surfliner and the Coast Starlight.

At the moment, the Metrolink operating crews are Amtrak.


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Posted 20 September 2014 - 02:12 PM

Are there mandatory retirement ages for engineers? Like there are for pilots?

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Posted 20 September 2014 - 03:07 PM

Theres at least 1 on the wolverine route.


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Posted 20 September 2014 - 03:31 PM

Are there mandatory retirement ages for engineers? Like there are for pilots?

 

There is no mandatory retirement age for engineers.



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Posted 20 September 2014 - 05:13 PM

 

Are there mandatory retirement ages for engineers? Like there are for pilots?

 

There is no mandatory retirement age for engineers.

 

 

 

There should be. Same for elderlys driving.



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Posted 20 September 2014 - 05:28 PM

 

 

Are there mandatory retirement ages for engineers? Like there are for pilots?

 

There is no mandatory retirement age for engineers.

 

 

 

There should be. Same for elderlys driving.

 

 

Define "elderly." Age? Once size (age) fits all?



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Posted 20 September 2014 - 05:33 PM

 

 

Are there mandatory retirement ages for engineers? Like there are for pilots?

 

There is no mandatory retirement age for engineers.

 

 

 

There should be. Same for elderlys driving.

 

 

It should be dependent upon ability, not age. I know a few 70-year olds who drive much better than some 25-year olds. Age is not always indicative of skill.


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Posted 20 September 2014 - 06:31 PM

I know at least 2 on the NEC. I actually had a cab ride with one of them. Another I saw on a Thanksgiving Sunday. Female railroaders are hard to find in this day and age, more so Engineers and Freight Conductors and Engineers. 


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Posted 20 September 2014 - 06:38 PM

Airline pilots have a mandatory retirement age, so why not engineers? Problem in America is that "ABILITY" is generally defined as until someone gets into a wreak and kills or hurt LOTS of people. 



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Posted 20 September 2014 - 06:38 PM

I saw a female engineer on the Zephyr at a crew change in Grand Junction away back in 2000 or so. About the same time I saw a female hostler bringing the Skeena into the VIA station at Jasper. Half the conductors on Amtrak seem to be female these days. I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing. 

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Posted 20 September 2014 - 07:38 PM

There is one that works the RVR-WAS route.  I've seen a few female Conductors/Asst Conductors on the NEC.  


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Posted 20 September 2014 - 08:34 PM

There are plenty of Female conductors who run Amtrak trains. (No not run the train as in Engineer.. Conductors are in charge!) There aren't as many Female Freight Conductors.. 


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Posted 20 September 2014 - 08:53 PM

Are there mandatory retirement ages for engineers? Like there are for pilots?

 
There is no mandatory retirement age for engineers.

 
 
There should be. Same for elderlys driving.

 
Define "elderly." Age? Once size (age) fits all?

 
 

It should be dependent upon ability, not age. I know a few 70-year olds who drive much better than some 25-year olds. Age is not always indicative of skill.


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Posted 21 September 2014 - 12:54 AM

Operating a locomotive today, does not require the kind of strength it required in the steam locomotive days, so there is no reason why a female engineer should be even considered as an unusual profession.  


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