What happened to railroad workers whose jobs became redundant?
In the early 20th century, the steam locomotive was the king of land transportation. The railroad industry was one of the largest employers in the US, employing massive numbers of workers to build and maintain rails, operate and repair trains, and so on. But since then, American railroads have lost almost all of their passenger business and a significant portion of their freight business to highways or airlines.
What I'm wondering is, **what happened to those railroad workers whose jobs became redundant**? Did the railroad companies or unions give them other jobs? Did they receive pensions? Or were they simply fired and left to find whatever work they could? If so, did most of them find jobs (and what kind of jobs), or did many fall into poverty? What happened to towns that depended on railroads for their economy? Were there protests or strikes or other conflicts caused by these changes?