The Atlantic Interviews an Amtrak Conductor About Life on the Railroad; Yes, He likes it

The Atlantic magazine has an interview posted on its website with Amtrak conductor David Pryor. The Chicago native talks about his 27 years with America’s passenger railroad at which he started working in his late 20s.

Amtrak 3Pryor began as a coach and sleeping car attendant, a position he assumed in January 1990. He worked routes radiating from Chicago to New Orleans, New York, San Antonio, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle and the San Francisco Bay region.

A year later he landed a position as a conductor. At one point, Pryor went into management, but missed being on the road and went back to being a conductor.

Aside from telling what it has been like to work for Amtrak, Pryor also told interviewer Bourree Lam why working on the train has taught him to be optimistic about America.

The interview, which is in a Q&A format story can be found at


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