Brandi Oney considers herself a beneficiary of the Bellevue yard expansion. She hired on last year as a conductor trainee, leaving a job as a tow motor operator at an Ohio plastics company.
“I heard the railroad here was a good career – good pay, good benefits,” said Oney, who grew up less than an hour from Bellevue and now lives in Freemont – a 25-minute drive from the yard. “It’s been a great opportunity for people around here. I’m making more money now, and I don’t have to worry about all the day-to-day things like I did before.”
Since promoted to conductor, Oney has been working a second-shift “pullback” crew – a yard job that involves coupling and pulling blocks of rail cars out of the yard’s classification tracks to build outbound trains.