James Lamkin (Street Articles Author)
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Worked in IT for 10 years mostly on Help Desk. Have been a railroader for the last 5 years, it is a good job with good pay, good benefits and a good retirement plan.

I graduated from college with a BA in Biology, planning to enter into the Medical Technology Field. This work would have been in a hospital lab, testing samples from hospital patients. When I finished my degree, the Med Tech field was pretty much filled up and I found out I probably would not even get an internship (which was required to complete the college program) at a hospital. So I decided to just complete my last year and get the Bachelor of Arts degree.

I had a great interest in environmental problems at the time and went on to get a MS in Environmental Science. After which I worked at the University for a few years in the Environmental Training Facility. I moved on to work in an Environmental Lab and started testing PCBs (Poly Chlorinated Biphenyls) in oil and soil. These were commonly found in electric transformers (like the ones you see on the utility poles not in the movies!). Power companys have now removed (or should have removed) these from service. PCBs were known to cause cancer and were a problem when transformers blew up, they contaminated the surrounding soil and ground water. I later started to analyze drinking water and groundwater on an instrument called a Mass Spectrometer (made by Hewlett Packard) which basically blasts the concentrated sample apart and breaks it down into a "spectra" so the computer generated report will show what contaminants are present. This led me to my IT job and as the IT industry dried up and decided to join the railroad.

Paranormal Tours In Alton Illinois Part 2
Mineral Springs Mall is one of the oldest and most historic buildings in Alton, Illinois. It was started as Mineral Springs Hotel by two German immigrants August and Herman Luer in 1909. Mineral Springs Hotel was completed on August 1, 1914. It was built with luxurious terrazzo floors, decorated cornices,…
By:  in  Travel and Leisure  >  Adventure Travel   Oct 29, 2012  
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Railroad Jobs
When you think about railroads and railroad jobs, the first thing that comes to mind is usually an Engineer, Conductor or Brakeman job, likely because these are the most exposed jobs that are observed by the public. The railroad offers many other "behind the scenes" support jobs (skilled crafts). Diesel…
By:  in  Business  >  Industrial Mechanical   Oct 28, 2012  
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Fuel Consumption Of The US
Looking at the fuel consumption numbers for the U.S. can leave you wondering. The fuel consumption of just the U.S. in 2011 was 134 billion gallons, that’s billion. Where does it all come from, where does it all go. This is a consumption of 367 million gallons per day. These…
By:  in  News and Society  >  Energy   Oct 27, 2012  
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Railroad Crossing Accidents
Railroad grade crossing accidents are something that nobody likes to think of, but when they do occur the individual that loses is usually the occupant of the lighter automobile. An automobile or truck cannot possibly withstand the impact of a 416,000 pound locomotive (plus the one, two or three locomotives…
By:  in  Business  >  Workplace Safety   Oct 27, 2012  
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Top Most Haunted City Alton Illinois - part 2
The Enos Mansion is a definite focal point in Alton’s paranormal activity. Many of the tenants that occupy what are now apartments in the mansion have reported strange activity. A man that lived in a lower level apartment also reported the footsteps from the basement, but heard a whining sound…
By:  in  Travel and Leisure  >  Adventure Travel   Oct 25, 2012  
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Credit Cards A Plenty
Credit card debt has become one of the largest consumer problems in recent times. I know, because after 20 years of credit card use, the debt catch-22 has finally caught up. The banks do not care (to an extent) how much you are in debt, as long as you can…
By:  in  Finance  >  Credit Tips   Oct 25, 2012  
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Top Most Haunted City Alton Illinois
The town of Alton Illinois is located on the Mississippi River in an area known as the River Bend Region. It is said to be one of the most haunted towns in America which has been documented in several books and other media sources. The first record of explorers visiting…
By:  in  Travel and Leisure  >  Adventure Travel   Oct 25, 2012  
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Freight Rail Traffic Expected To Double By 2035
Rail freight traffic is on the rise. Railroads have seen more fuel efficiency and improved operations due to technology, allowing railroads to take market share from the trucking industry. Also railroads have invested heavily in their infrastructures, most of which has been privately funded. RSE Consulting expects rail traffic to…
By:  in  Business  >  Industrial Mechanical   Oct 24, 2012  
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Paranormal Tours In Alton Illinois
Have you ever WANTED to experience paranormal activity in real life, not just 3 D. Well this weekend I went to one of the ten most haunted cities in the United States. The town is called Alton and is located on the Mississippi River in Illinois. Alton IS said to…
By:  in  Travel and Leisure  >  Adventure Travel   Oct 24, 2012  
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Slump In Google Shares
Google is in the news again, showing less than expected profits with shares dropping 8% on Thursday October 18, 2012. The early release of its earnings was probably also another negative, as investors and others in the stock market community were not expecting this release until later. The drop appears…
By:  in  Business  >  Marketing   Oct 23, 2012  
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