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  1. Whatever works for you. Just don’t put it down. One thing you will learn is how your own mind works. It’s an amazing muscle that can retain a lot of information. Good luck!
  2. Anything can change from one class to the next. As for Quizlet, make your own study set. Do not go by what was previously entered. Go by what the instructor gave you at the overview. That is what you will be graded on. The only thing I can think of with Zone A signals is that they used position light signals before changing them to color signals. Like I said before, go by what you have in the packet. The packet is your “bible” don’t let outside information sway you.
  3. There is a whole formula to calculate a pension but it varies on earnings. Don’t get caught up on that yet. All I can say is the benefits are good and you can earn a very decent living. Focus on getting through S&D and/or Phase 1 and then Phase 2. Plenty to wrap your head around before worrying about pension(s), lol. Good luck to all.
  4. There was a guy older than you in my Phase 1 class. And in the current one there is one that is in his 50s also. So I don’t think it was your age. I wouldn’t look into it too much as you can drive yourself crazy with all the possibilities.
  5. Sorry to hear what happened to you @Alberto. I think you may be the first that I hear was rejected. But I will say that at any step in this process they may choose not to go with someone. Not sure what makes them decide this but passing the tests is not a guarantee. But don’t fret, you can reapply and you at least have a leg up on everyone else. Take it as a learning and how to do better next time.
  6. For us is has been M-F 6:30-2:30 but subject to change depending on the material to be covered. You aren’t in class too long and will be given a schedule to work with engineers on different branches.
  7. Phase 1 is Wed 5:30-9:30 (usually at Hillside) Sat 6:30-2:30 (usually out East-Babylon most likely.) Phase 2 don’t plan on getting any time off. If you are planning anything get the insurance in case you get the call.
  8. Great timeline, I didn’t think I remembered all the dates but when you put your mind to it, it comes lol. My open house was in April and my interview in June (S&D was in between those months lol). Phase 1 began at the end of September and just took the exam on November 2. Beginning Phase 2 this Wednesday December 11th. Not sure how many classes in the coming year, mostly likely 4 but it depends on the need, but if you passed your S&D, a phase 1 invite should be near. Good luck guys!
  9. It’s truly exciting to think of actually operating trains. I’m so stoked. Thanks man. With hard work, dedication and determination you will get there.
  10. Got the call for phase 2 today. So excited!! We begin next Wednesday. I can’t believe we are here. It feels so good.
  11. Always go with what is given directly to you. Things can change from one class to the next. Don’t rush it, enjoy the time you have now. 😬
  12. Yeah, technically we have the weekend off before hitting the books again to keep everything fresh. First weekend off in 7 weeks!
  13. Likewise @Lirrdream It was quite the journey and it’s just beginning. Congrats again to all that passed! Those waiting on a call, we were told that they will be planning out the future classes soon. I’m guessing most likely beginning of next year. Patience is key, as it has been said before, and then making the most of the time when you get the call.
  14. Phase one consists of 14 students usually, mine was 16 at first and now down to 15. Next class, I believe, will be after we finish. Our exam is on November 2nd. So must likely the next class will be next year. I doubt they do anything throughout the holidays.
  15. Anything can change even from the current Phase 1 class. So just wait until you are given the packet. I would say enjoy the time now reviewing and a little bit of relaxation. I know what it is to be excited and want to get ahead. Don’t rush it lol. We are not exaggerating when we say it is intense.
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