If you are interested in Arizona railroad jobs
you most likely will hire on with a large Class I system, unless you
are lucky enough to find a position with a small short line. The
state's Class I railroads include BNSF Railway and Union Pacific while
Amtrak (the nation's passenger rail network) also operates through the
state (on two different routes, the ex-Santa Fe and Southern Pacific
main lines). Unfortunately, Arizona is home to just a few short lines so
the chances of hiring on with one are fairly slim. One particular point which needs to be addressed if you have neither
worked within the railroad industry before or are very familiar with trains in general.
For those searching this page you are quite likely interested in positions in either the transportation or maintenance fields, in other words out in the field along the tracks. By its very nature railroading can be very tough and dangerous work as it is said today's safety rulebooks were written in blood by those who have lost their lives while on the job. What's more is the long hours and constant fatigue railroaders face. This is in no way meant to scare or turn you away from a potential career in the industry, simply to be aware of the dangers and hardship railroaders face. Also, if you are interested in the management side of railroading, most Class Is offer graduate or internship programs for college students.
Please let me state that over the years I have received numerous e-mails concerning railroad employment. Unfortunately, there is not a lot I can do to help in this area, you will simply need to contact the individual railroad concerning what positions, if any, they have available. Finally, if you do hire on with a Class I railroad in the maintenance or transportation fields please understand that you will be placed wherever they may need you, not necessarily where you live or may want to work.
(To search for Arizona railroad jobs directly please use the below search box from Indeed.com.)
Class I Railroads
Short Lines And Regionals
Many of the regional and short line railroads listed below are
subsidiaries of Genesee & Wyoming.
Apache Railway: A privately owned shortline which does not run a website. To contact the company: P. O. Box 857, Snowflake Arizona 85937.
Arizona & California Railroad: The Arizona & California is now a property of the G&W family of shortlines, operating in both states.
Arizona Central Railroad: Owned by the Western Group, which operates
a handful of short lines and excursion trains.
Arizona Eastern Railway: The Arizona Eastern is a property of Genesee & Wyoming.
Caddo Valley Railroad: P. O. Box 2118, Glenwood, Arizona 71943.
Copper Basin Railway: This independent railroad currently has no website. To contact the company; P. O. Drawer I, Hayden Arizona 85235.
Magma Arizona Railroad: This historic shortline is currently dormant but may reopen some time in the future due new, local copper deposits being discovered.
San Manuel Arizona Railroad: This railroad is also currently dormant and inactive.
San Pedro Southwestern Railroad: The San Pedro Southwestern may be contacted at 796 East Country Club Drive, Benson, Arizona 85602.
Check out the website's digital book (E-book), An Atlas To Classic Short Lines, which features system maps and a brief background of 46 different historic railroads. To learn more please click on the image below.