Finding general information about trains and railroads is usually easy, as there is an abundance of information in local libraries and on the Internet. Hobbyists often become experts on a particular aspect of the railroads, such as types of cars used and locomotive engine history. Many hobbyists post Web pages on the Internet with interesting information. Also, hobby shows are held in many places throughout the country and most hobbyists can tell you a lot about railroads and their history. You may also learn more about the job by arranging an interview with an engineer or by visiting a work site. Railroads crisscross the country, so there should at least be a track near you. Visiting a work site may be possible only for those who live near a headquarters or one of the many regional offices all over the country. Look in the yellow pages or search the Internet to see if any railroads are listed in your area, or ask your local chamber of commerce which railroads serve your area and how to contact them.
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