Images: Metra conductor loves his job

 
Updated 7/5/2015 9:10 AM

Take a trip with Metra conductor Don Kiesgen as he talks about what he does every day as part of a job he loves. It's not just about opening doors and collecting tickets. Here's the low-down on what Metra conductors do from throwing switches to checking speeds to Quiet Car police.

Don Kiesgen, a conductor on the Metra Milwaukee North Line, prepares to leave Union Station.
  Don Kiesgen, a conductor on the Metra Milwaukee North Line, prepares to leave Union Station.
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Don Kiesgen, a conductor on Metra's Milwaukee North Line, flips the track switch in Grayslake.
  Don Kiesgen, a conductor on Metra's Milwaukee North Line, flips the track switch in Grayslake.
Daniel White | Staff Photographer
Don Kiesgen, a conductor on the Metra Milwaukee North Line, performs a brake test before leaving Union Station.
  Don Kiesgen, a conductor on the Metra Milwaukee North Line, performs a brake test before leaving Union Station.
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Don Kiesgen, center, a conductor on the Metra Milwaukee North Line, reviews a track safety information report with conductor Dave Lorentz, left, and the train's engineer Wayne Lumpkins, right, before the trio departs Union Station.
  Don Kiesgen, center, a conductor on the Metra Milwaukee North Line, reviews a track safety information report with conductor Dave Lorentz, left, and the train's engineer Wayne Lumpkins, right, before the trio departs Union Station.
Daniel White | Staff Photographer
Don Kiesgen has been a conductor on the Metra Milwaukee North Line for the past 19 years.
  Don Kiesgen has been a conductor on the Metra Milwaukee North Line for the past 19 years.
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Don Kiesgen, a conductor on the Metra Milwaukee North Line, moves through a car to collect tickets, en route to Grayslake from Union Station.
  Don Kiesgen, a conductor on the Metra Milwaukee North Line, moves through a car to collect tickets, en route to Grayslake from Union Station.
Daniel White | Staff Photographer
Don Kiesgen, a conductor on the Metra Milwaukee North Line, drinks a bottle of water. After flipping a track switch in Grayslake, he will wait an hour before turning this outbound Grayslake train into an inbound Union Station train.
  Don Kiesgen, a conductor on the Metra Milwaukee North Line, drinks a bottle of water. After flipping a track switch in Grayslake, he will wait an hour before turning this outbound Grayslake train into an inbound Union Station train.
Daniel White | Staff Photographer
Having  flipped a track switch in Grayslake, Don Kiesgen, a conductor on the Metra Milwaukee North Line, gets back on the train and waits to return to Union Station.
  Having flipped a track switch in Grayslake, Don Kiesgen, a conductor on the Metra Milwaukee North Line, gets back on the train and waits to return to Union Station.
Daniel White | Staff Photographer
Don Kiesgen, a conductor on the Metra Milwaukee North Line, talks about his typical workday.
  Don Kiesgen, a conductor on the Metra Milwaukee North Line, talks about his typical workday.
Daniel White | Staff Photographer
The inbound Metra Milwaukee North Line train heads towards Union Station.
  The inbound Metra Milwaukee North Line train heads towards Union Station.
Daniel White | Staff Photographer
Don Kiesgen, a conductor on the Metra Milwaukee North Line, waits for riders to exit before heading to Grayslake.
  Don Kiesgen, a conductor on the Metra Milwaukee North Line, waits for riders to exit before heading to Grayslake.
Daniel White | Staff Photographer
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