Making Good Use of the Railroad Retirement Board


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There are a number of different benefits that come from working for the railroad, but one of the benefits that you may not consider at first is the end of it all. Upon retirement, you will be receiving a pension that comes through the Railroad Retirement Board, an agency that was set up in order to provide retirement benefits for the nation’s railroad workers. Being able to receive benefits from the railroad is an excellent way for you to enjoy your retirement years. Here are a few different things, however, that you should know about the board itself.

The Railroad Retirement Board is administered through a number of different field offices that can be found around the nation. The reason why these different field offices were set up is to make it easy for you to be able to get information on a number of different subjects that are tied in with the retirement board itself. For example, you can contact your local field office in order to find out information about your regular benefits, as well as to any information that may be available about survivor benefits. If you need some tax withholding information or statements, these can also be provided to you through the local field office.

One of the easiest ways for you to find the information you need, outside of going to the local field office is to look at the Railroad retirement Board website on the Internet at This website can not only put you in touch with any specific part of the agency that you need to talk with, it can also give you general information about the retirement board itself. News releases are also posted on the website, as well as downloadable public forms and publications. Many times, it is easier for you to find what you need directly on the Railroad Retirement Board website rather than contacting the local field office and having them find it for you.

Something else that is also provided in many instances by the local field offices is genealogy information. Although not a primary function of these field offices, they do maintain records on the deceased employees which will be released after paying a $27, nonrefundable fee. The easiest way to get this information is by providing the Railroad Retirement Board office with a Social Security number. If you do not have the Social Security number, they may be able to look up the records with a full name and any other information that you can provide to help them to pin it down. It’s important to note, however, that information about someone who is still living will not be provided without their express, written consent.

There are a number of other benefits that the Railroad Retirement Board can provide to its employees. It was set up in order to provide for Railroad employees, long after they reached their retirement years and it is still in use for that very purpose. If you are able to take advantage of these benefits, it can provide for you and your family formany years into the future.

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