I know what you mean David. I grew up on the farm with Dad and both of my grandfathers working the land. Dad also worked for the C&NW as a conductor, so I always had an interest in both industries.
About the time I was getting out of high school, I realized that farming was probably not going to be in the cards. My dad was barely making it work at that time, so I went to work for the railroad. It's been good steady work, and I still enjoy it after 20 years, so I guess I took the right path.