Can anyone tell me what the day to day life of a conductor (trainee) is like? I know they are required to be on-call 24/7, the hours are unpredictable, they work six days a week and work the extra board for about five years. BUT... how does this play out in real life on a day-to day basis? I am looking for conductors to share their personal experiences in addition to whatever help you can give with help to some of these questions... Are the calls unpredictable? Do you know ahead of time when you'll be called? Are they respectful when they call or are they demeaning? Do you get calls at 2 or 3 o'clock in the morning? After you get done with a shift, can they call you back just a few hours later? Have you ever been too tired to go? What happens then? What if you haven't been able to sleep when you get home? Do you wear your uniform to work or do you change on the train? What are the facilities offered to a conductor (trainee) on Amtrak? Do you have a sleeping room? A private bathroom? How do you get food? Do you have a private seating area when you aren't walking around (crew room, etc.,)? It is one thing to read about the facts. It is much more beneficial to hear about personal experiences rather than what they say "on paper." (I've already read what's written in that regard.) Many thanks to anyone who can help on some of these questions!