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The conditions of work for engineers are governed by the type of job. The yard engineer generally works a standard 40-hour week, in one location. The road engineer, while on the extra board, may work irregular hours and be on call for 24 hours, seven days a week. Even those with regular assignments rarely have what would be considered regular workweeks, since trains run at all hours of the day and night. All road engineers are away from home—at their own expense—a certain amount of the time. Both road and yard engineers may work Sundays, nights, and holidays.

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