Pros: Great pay, benefits and work environment.
Cons: Not a great job if you want lots of time with family and loved ones.
Two Sides to the Conductor job, the "road" and the "yard". On the road you will be traveling a lot and spending layovers in various hotels. Your job is to ensure passenger safety collect fares, and many other task that go hand-in-hand such as opening doors and helping with baggage or assigning seats. In the yard you will be doing a lot of hands on type work, hitting the switches, connecting hoses, being on, around and under the trains. Hardest part of the job is keeping organized with all of your paper work, mainly the rule books you carry and the constant updates of rules, regulations and things such as environment hazards. Another Hard part of the job is the schedule. This job is seniority based so you could be on-call for a long time or be stuck with bad schedules which are not permanent, but that also means if you get a good schedule, that it too is not permanent.