Despite the fact that the state fields only one Class I company (CSX Transportation) and is one of the smallest in terms of size, there are actually quite a few Connecticut railroad jobs to choose from due to the fact that it is served by two Class II, regionals, and a handful of Class III, shortlines (interestingly, these smaller railroads make up more of the state's total rail mileage than does CSX). Also, Amtrak's Northeast Corridor (NEC) to Boston skirts the coast through New Haven on its way to New York City. For more information regarding Connecticut's current railroad network and the companies which operate in the state please click here.
Please note that if you hold a serious interest in working in the railroad industry but do not know a lot about it is not exactly a career which is for everyone, particularly if you hire on with a giant Class I company in the fields of either transportation or maintenance. The hours can be extremely long (12 hours for many days without a break) and require one to be away from home for quite some time. Also, of note, is that Class Is will base you wherever there is a need. For instance, while CSX operates through Connecticut because it serves virtually every state east of the Mississippi you could be placed anywhere.
As such, if you are lucky enough to be offered a position with a shortline or regional, which offer somewhat more predictable hours don't pass it up! Also, for more information regarding Connecticut railroad jobs, please visit the links below or the railroad's individual contact information concerning possible openings. And, on this note, I often receive e-mails concerning employment opportunities or where they may be found. This is why I have set up these pages to assist in helping answer those questions for you as there is not a lot I can do, directly, to help.
Lastly, to search for Connecticut railroad jobs directly please use the below search box from Indeed.com.
Class I Railroads
Pan Am Railways: Pan Am Railways is a private, regional railroad which just recently began operations taking over for the defunct Guilford. The company operates through Maine, Connecticut, and New Hampshire with trackage in Vermont and eastern New York. To visit their website for contact information please click here.
Providence & Worcester Railroad: Providence & Worcester has been in operation since the 19th century and until 1973 was a subsidiary of other railroads, notably the Pennsylvania and Penn Central. Now, an independent operation, it serves Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. To visit their website for employment opportunities please click here.
Branford Steam Railroad: The Branford Steam Railroad is a private operation serving a stone quarry, which has been in operation for more than 100 years. I do not have contact information for the company.
Central New England Railroad: The Central New England Railroad is a small shortline serving the Griffins and Bloomfield areas. To visit their website please click here.
Connecticut Southern Railroad: The Connecticut Southern is part of G&W's family of shortlines serving the area around Hartford.
Housatonic Railroad: The Housatonic Railroad is one of the oldest railroads in the country still in operation serving Massachusetts, Connecticut, and southeastern New York. For employment information please visit their website by clicking here.
New England Central Railroad: The New England Central is another G&W property serving Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and
Commuter and Light Rail Transit
I am unsure how Connecticut's commuter operations go about with the hiring process as similar agencies contract out the work. However, their website's are presented below to contact them regarding possible employment.
For more information about shortline railroads that serve Connecticut please click here to visit the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association's website.
Finally, if a career in railroading is right for you but you would like to learn more about what it takes to work in the industry you might want to consider the book Working on the Railroad from noted author Brian Solomon. Solomon's book details the history of working in the railroad industry and the difficulties and hardship employees faced back then as well as today. After reading this book you should have no doubts about whether working in the industry is something you are truly interested in. In any event, if you're interested in perhaps purchasing this book please visit the link below which will take you to ordering information through Amazon.com, the trusted online shopping network.