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 Post subject: Steam Locomotive Engineer
PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2013 8:12 pm 
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Since I'm only 17, I don't have the means right now to become one, but I wouldn't even know where to begin when I did have the means. But, what does it take to become a steam locomotive engineer?

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 Post subject: Re: Steam Locomotive Engineer
PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 10:13 pm 

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I think I may have asked the late Carl Jensen from Norfolk Southern the very same question some 25+ years ago.


Carl will be quite surprised at the news of his untimely passing. I assure you, he was quite well at the Roanoke Chapter, NRHS board meeting last Tuesday.

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 Post subject: Re: Steam Locomotive Engineer
PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 9:46 pm 
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Jeff Lisowski wrote:
I think I may have asked Carl Jensen from Norfolk Southern the very same question some 25+ years ago.

Volunteer.

Find an organization nearest you that has steam, and volunteer with them.

More than likely you will start at the bottom and work your way up, obviously having to pass rules tests along the way.

More people on here can answer that question.


Thanks! I'll keep that in mind. It know it's going to be a few years. Because where I live in KY there are virtually no live operation museums "too" close to here, unfortunately.

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 Post subject: Re: Steam Locomotive Engineer
PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2013 2:42 am 

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I'm more into the electric aspect of railroading, but my home museum has an operable steam engine and one thing's for sure, if you don't mind getting dirty, there's a lot of work to do. I've forgotten what the ratio of maintenance time to running time is, but 12 to 1 comes to mind. But it's all worth it when you see the boiler pressure gauge start lifting off the "0" mark.....

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 Post subject: Re: Steam Locomotive Engineer
PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2013 2:55 am 

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It's not a locomotive, but since there's no museum really close, see if you can find a well-regulated steam thresher club. It won't teach you everything, but you'll get used to working with old iron and paying close attention to safety.

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