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Stop, Look & Listen: Railroad Retirement Benefits Q&A

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Former Rail Worker Needs Help

(Posted September 20, 2009)

Question 726: I worked for Southern Pacific and left in 1979. Will I receive retirement benefits and where will I apply?

Answer: Your question doesn't contain enough information (like how long you worked for the railroad & how old you are) to give you an answer.

You need to have at least 10 years of rail credits and be at least 62 to receive a retirement benefit from Railroad Retirement.

If you need more information call the Railroad Retirement Board on their toll-free number, (877) 772-5772.


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