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A field trip to a rail yard can give you a firsthand idea of the work involved in this occupation. For a personalized view of the work, consider arranging an information interview with a railroad employee who is involved in maintaining communications or control equipment. You or your school counselor may be able to find such a professional through local railroad company offices or local branches of the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen. Go to the interview prepared to ask questions about the job. You will find that most people are pleased to talk about their work with those who show a sincere interest.

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