I am semi-seriously considering getting into railroading with Amtrak, and I figured that I’d ask some current/former Amtrak employees about certain specifics as it pertains to crew bases, possible train assignment, and distance requirements from bases. As someone who lives who lives in Woodland, CA (20 minutes drive to Downtown Sacramento, and up to 1.5 hour drive to Oakland, both assuming favorable traffic), competing for the Sacramento base will be a logical choice. Based on the fact as to where I live and how long it takes me to get to either base areas, would getting to the Oakland crew base be considered a long shot, even if I were to drive there? As for the 2-hour rule for distance between home and crew base, is it for just conductors, drivers, yard/road/foremen, or station staff, or does it also apply to OBS crew as well? And also how hiring process for applicants like? And how is training like for OBS and/or T&E crew like, and where are Western LD OBS’s are based out, and what crews are based out of Sacramento and Oakland crew bases, and by extension, in the Pacific coast states (CA, OR, and WA), and what trains could I be on if I were to get assigned to those crew bases? Answers from Amtrak current or former employees, either by reply here, or by private messages, will be appreciated.