How to break in to Chicago rails- hauling containers?

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  1. jon69

    jon69 Medium Load Member

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    Let's say I live locally and want to do intermodal work. How do I start out? Seems like everywhere you need at least 1 year rail yard experience to get hired on, but if no one is willing to train how do you get experience?

    My plan is to start out company driver do that for maybe a year and then be an OO hauling containers.

    Would a company like JB Hunt hire me with no rail exp?

    Currently have a clean Class A.
    3 years exp doing OTR work- both Dry Van and Reefer.
    My PSP Score is at 17 and set to drop down to 8 shortly.
    300000 miles accident free- a chunk of that is in and around Chicago.

    So how do I break in to doing rail yard intermodal work?
    Anyone know a company that will hire me?
     
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  3. Milr72

    Milr72 Medium Load Member

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    Yes JB would. Pay is decent also.
     
  4. Moon_beam

    Moon_beam Medium Load Member

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    Trucking companies are desperate for drivers. The company that I work for in 2004 you needed 10 years of experience to get on. Now they are taking people out of truck driving school if they have a class A. We had a driver a year ago with a class B and class B experience and gave him the training to get him up to a Class A. Driver Pay is increasing. The closing price of JB Hunt ticker JBHT was on $141.84 on October 15 and on October 16 the closing price was $128.04, a 9.7% drop in one day due to the disclosure that driver wages were increasing among other things as a reason for an earnings miss.
     
  5. solitary_con

    solitary_con Light Load Member

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    JB, Swift, Schneider and CR England are in need of drivers and will train you. Just got a text from Swift claiming "home daily and up to $1500 weekly".
     
  6. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

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    JB totally would. I think to go with a company like JB or Schnieder for intermodal would benefit you very well. Main reason, they have their own chassis. When companies don't have their own chassis, it can take forever to find a decent one. It won't take too much training to run intermodal. You just have to learn the language, but if you go JB, all of their boxes are 53' I think
     
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  7. Milr72

    Milr72 Medium Load Member

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    Yes on the 53' containers and they have maintenance crews and sometimes permanent shops at the rail yards checking and repairing chassis and containers.
     
  8. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

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    See...that's the only way I'd ever consider intermodal. Ready made resources like that. Chasing chassis is too time consuming at times.
     
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  9. ilovetrucking93

    ilovetrucking93 Bobtail Member

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    You have the right idea just go in as company driver.
     
  10. "semi" retired

    "semi" retired Road Train Member

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    When I started rail hauling, I never knew anything about it. You learn fast. It's not like designing a new space shuttle. They give you a number, you find your wagon ( sometimes they have a "location") sign ze papers and go deliver it. Kid stuff.
     
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  11. ChevyCam

    ChevyCam Light Load Member

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    Drive down to the rails/port and watch the trucks that go by. Write the company names down and types of trucks. Look those companies up and check their reviews. Call around and ask who is hiring. If you have 3 years OTR you could start immediately. Going in and out of the rail is a simple process, not rocket science. Good luck!
     
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