Only a dedicated railfan would put up with the hours and pay of supervisory positions on many railroads. Many men from the ranks refuse promotion to supervisory jobs and return to their previous union job. Three reasons are given for such refusal of supervisory positions: (1) Most trainmaster jobs are seven day per week operations with ten hours a day considered an easy day, (2) the increased pressure from headquarters on supervision, and (3) the low pay scales for supervision. The average pay for road foremen is $15,000 per year, while firemen with little seniority and an easier job earn more. Assistant Trainmasters start at $950 to $1000 per month, and people are not willing to take a cut in pay and a large increase in hours worked to be a supervisor. A trainmaster working long hours earns less than an engineer with a 4 or 5 hour passenger run.

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    Kalmbach Publishing Company

    21027 Crossroads Circle
    P.O. Box 1612
    Waukesha, WI  United States  53187-1612
  • Publication Date: 1973-2

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  • Pagination: 2 p.
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  • Accession Number: 00039900
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Trains
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 2 1974 12:00AM