Hahahaha yeah I've done a few of those. Not too many thankfully. New hires are rare due to the fact that the powers at be are OK with being short staffed and having 2 patrolman on a shift. Realistically, we should have 3-4 patrolman plus 1-2 k-9s. When we ride trains(short distance), we leave no one to handle our calls (if/when we get some). Mentality of stupidvisors is let the locals handle it if something comes up. That sucks because then what is the point of us? Once some of these sups go, I think things will change for the better, at least a little bit. I mean they have to right? We are indeed "Quasi-federal" but what's it matter? we get rail road retirement (though our union is supposedly fighting for federal leo retirement) and we dont qualify under h.r. 218 (yet). Amtrak doesnt want us but congress says they have to keep us (we loose them money). Amtrak makes money and plunty of it BUT it doesnt cover the cost of running a rail road (so you're right they are always in the red or break even but they have debt like any one else so they loose $). 100% funded by us, the american tax payer. How does anyone get on? much like any other PD. Sign up and take the test. It is a bit different, however, in that you have to send your resume to Amtrak human resources and not the PD itself. If one qualifies for the test (dont ask what the qualifications are because if you have a pulse, you have a shot), you'll be notified of a test date whenever it is the pd tests. from there, it is like any other process. of course it pays to know someone, but you dont have to. I didnt know anyone when I took the job. When I got hired in 07, they wanted to hire 12 guys but only 3 accepted the job as the starting salary was so low. Now that we got the raise, I think it is a bit more sought after. It is definitely easier to get hired at amtrak then say usss or capital pd etc. one thing we dont have yet, but when stuff gets straightend out in the union, is a PAT. The new hires are going to have to take it prob. within the next 6-12 months. Trust me, the standards arent even as bad as ma doc. pretty easy. Right now, the brass is conducting interviews but good luck to them as we are not hiring soon. just getting a list of candidates ready to go. I am sure they'll wait around forever for the apd to come-a-callin' haaaaaaaaaaaa right. Even tho it says they are not hring in boston, submit your resume and you'll get a letter in the mail stating if you qualify to take the test. Much like any other fed job, it is a long process. Mine from test-hire date was over 2 years.