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Locomotive Engineers

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Locomotive engineers may be employed by passenger lines or freight lines. They may work for one of the major railroads, such as Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company, Norfolk Southern Corporation, or CSX Corporation, or they may work for one of the more than 500 smaller short-line railroads across the country. Many of the passenger lines today are commuter lines located near large metropolitan areas. Locomotive engineers who work for freight lines may work in a rural or an urban area and travel more extensively than the shorter, daily commuter routes that passenger locomotive engineers travel. There are approximately 32,200 locomotive engineers employed in the United States.

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