Would you work on the tracks?

Can you even think of a more miserable job than working on the subway tracks? Holy mother, no f-ing way.

Think about what a typical shift must be like. First of, it’s gross. Then factor in that you’re surrounded by rats. Hell, the rats are probably hiding in the shadows planning a revolt.

Think about how hot it must be to work down there in the summer! Even at night, it must be 100+ degrees, and you’re expected to haul concrete? Fugetabowdit.

Think of all the crap you must be breathing in, too. All that soot and brake dust. Lord knows what other carcinogens are loose down there. I’d think lead and asbestos are probably the least of your worries.

As if all that weren’t enough, you’ve got to keep your ass from being run over by trains!

There must be something I’m missing, otherwise I don’t know why anyone would want that job.

Live from the subway, back to you in studio…

2 thoughts on “Would you work on the tracks?

  1. The sandhogs here in NYC have a worse job, they’re the ones who dig the water tunnels underground and I mean deep underground not subway underground.


  2. My brother John McManus jr. was a sandhog in the ’70’s as was my uncle Gilbert Horton who fell down a two hundred foot shaft of a water tunnel to his death. Nobody is trying compete for the title most deadliest job. As with both jobs there are similarities and differences. We use many of the same tools at least in the seventies the did. We are unseen by the public and often not apprieciated for our sacrifices. But everytime you take a shower or a sip of coffee on your way to work on the subway, please know that; that grungy looking hard hat next to you somehow made your life better. I forgot to mention I am a trackman.


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