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Driving beats work on the farm

September 03, 2000

Driving beats work on the farm



By JULIE E. GREENE / Staff Writer


BRUNSWICK, Md. - Robert Bealer is used to hard work.

He's been a farmer all his life, said the 56-year-old Gapland area resident.

But, almost two years ago Bealer took a job shuttling CSX Corp. railroad crews between their various assignments and motels to make some extra income.

Instead of spending 14 hours a day out in the hot sun plowing, making hay and planting corn, Bealer now spends a lot of time waiting in an air-conditioned van.

"I just appreciate the easiness of it," Bealer said.

Besides his regular trips to the Brunswick station, Bealer occasionally goes to Dickerson, Md., to pick up crews after they drive an engine down to Montgomery County.

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He also picks up crews at the nearest station after an engine stalls.

As he's taken on more hours with Professional Transportation Inc. he has changed his farming operation from dairy cattle to beef cattle, which are less time-consuming.

Bealer works nights four days a week for PTI, an Indiana outfit contracted by CSX.

He comes home, feeds and waters his beef cattle, eats breakfast and sleeps until noon.

"It's not hard," Bealer said.

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