One important point which needs to be addressed, and one which I have
covered many times before. If you are unfamiliar with the railroad
industry but are particularly interested in working
for a Class I in either the fields of maintenance or transportation
please understand that the work can be quite difficult and dangerous
with long hours on the job required. For instance, it is not uncommon
for conductors and engineers to work regular 12 hour shifts for days and
be away from home on a regular basis. If you have a family or plan to
and wish to spend a lot of time with them, railroading may not be the
career for you.
There are plenty of positive aspects to being a railroader, however,
including great pay and retirement. In the end, it simply comes to down
to priorities if you think the job is for you. Of note, if you are in
college or plan to attend many Class I railroads offer scholarships and
summertime internship/graduate programs. You will need to visit their
career pages for more information. Please note that by
contacting me concerning job information is of little use because there
simply is not a lot of help I can provide. If you have questions or
concerns regarding a particular position you will need to contact the
railroad in question. For more information regarding Class I jobs please click here.
Short Lines And Regionals
Central Oregon & Pacific Railroad: The CO&P is a G&W shortline serving western Oregon and the northern area of
San Joaquin Valley Railroad: The San Joaquin Valley Railroad is
another G&W operation serving two broken stretches of railroad
in central California.
Arizona & California Railroad: The Arizona &
California is yet another G&W property serving both states.
California Northern Railroad: Another G&W shortline the
California Northern serves the area north of San Francisco on two broken
stretches of railroad.
San Diego & Arizona Eastern Railway Company: This independent short line serves the
area of San Diego operating about 108 miles of track.
|A quartet of Southern Pacific GP9s with #3392 in the lead have the Santa Cruz Local as it departs Davenport, California on a late February afternoon in 1988.|
Central California Traction Company: This switching railroad has
been in operation since 1905 serving the Port of Stockton.
Los Angeles Junction Railway: Owned by BNSF Railway.
Modesto and Empire Traction Company: A switching/terminal
railroad serving Modesto since 1909.
Napa Valley Railroad: A very popular excursion train which may
one day operate freight trains again. I am not sure if they offer many
Oakdale Traction Corporation: This railroad operates a short,
one-mile segment of track in Oakland.
Oakland Terminal Railway: Owned by Union Pacific and BNSF Railway.
Pacific Harbor Line, Inc.: The Pacific Harbor Line is a
Anacostia & Pacific property serving the Ports of Long Beach and Los
Angeles since 1997.
Pacific Sun Railroad: The Pacific Sun is a Watco short line.
Quincy Railroad: This 3-mile shortline is owned by Sierra
Richmond Pacific Railroad: A terminal railroad owned by the
Levin Richmond Terminal Corporation.
Sacramento Valley Railroad: A Patriot Rail Corporation property.
San Diego & Imperial Valley Railroad: Another G&W
property serving extreme southern California.
Santa Cruz, Big Trees & Pacific Railway: Also a popular
California excursion train operation.
Santa Maria Valley Railroad: An independent shortline which has
been in operation since 1911.
Sierra Northern Railway: The Sierra Northern is an independent
short line operating in northern California.
Stockton Terminal & Eastern Railroad: This terminal railroad
has been in operation since 1908 serving the Port of Stockton.
Trona Railway: This railroad is owned by Searles Valley Minerals. To contact the railroad: 13068 Main Street
Trona, CA 93562.
Tulare Valley Railroad: The Tulare Valley is a 6-mile shortline
owned by V&S Railway, LLC of Salt Lake City.
|Santa Fe SD40-2u #5132 and five other EMD products climb the grade at Mojave, California with a short freight of boxcars and pigs on September 4, 1990.|
Ventura County Railroad: The Ventura County Railroad is another
G&W property serving the Port of Hueneme near Oxnard.
Isle Line, Inc.: This railroad is owned by Western Farm Service by
operates under contract, thus, they have no employees of their own.
Yreka Western Railroad: The Yreka Western used to operate
excursion trains but now only serves its freight customers in northern
California. For contact information; Yreka Western Railroad Company, 300 East Miner Street, Yreka, CA 96097.