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Baby On The Board

When a conductor begins working for a railroad, he or she becomes the “baby on the board.” He or she is the person with the least number of years working for the railroad and has to “do every kind of railroad work in every location,” says Cindy Angelos, a Milwaukee Road conductor profiled in Railroad Voices. The baby on the board goes wherever there is a shortage and may have to drive far from home every day. Sometimes they are “loaned” to another railroad for a while. Some railroad workers are called “boomers” and they go anywhere in the country they can find work.

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