Florida railroad jobs are a spectacular gig to land if you are fortunate enough to hire on within the state. Yes, the job can still be tough if you work in transportation or maintenance but few other states offer such wonderful, sub-tropical weather year-round. Florida is also home to several railroads outside of Class Is CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern. These include Class II, regionals Florida East Coast and Alabama & Gulf Coast as well as Class III, shortlines AN Railway, Bay Line Railroad, First Coast Railroad, three Pinsly operations, Georgia & Florida, South Central Florida Express, Seminole Gulf Railway, and the Talleyrand Terminal Railroad. Additionally, Amtrak operates in the state along with a few commuter railroads. For more information regarding Florida's current railroad system please click here.
If you are lucky enough to land a railroad job in Florida it will certainly help a bit in that you will not have to worry about fighting the frigid winters. In the event you are here looking for a career in the industry then most likely you are interested in the more traditional fields of either maintenance or transportation. If so but you do not have a great deal of knowledge about just what it takes to be a railroader the work can be both physically demanding as well as mentally draining. This is particularly the case for Class I railroads which require most train crews to work 12 hour days for many days in a row while away from home (you become used to the hotel life). Of course, the pay is the best in the industry along with retirement and benefits so there is certainly some real advantages.
Also, for even more information regarding Florida railroad jobs, please visit the links below or the railroad's individual contact information concerning possible openings. Please let me stress that contacting me directly concerning available positions or openings will do a lot of good as I cannot provide any assistance. To find if a railroad has any job openings you will need to contact them directly using the information found below.
Lastly, to search for Florida railroad jobs directly please use the below search box from Indeed.com.
Regional, Class II Railroads
Alabama & Gulf Coast Railway: The Alabama & Gulf
Coast, a G&W property, operates mostly in Alabama, which also
serves Pensacola. It currently operates a nearly 350-mile system.
Florida East Coast Railway: The historic FEC has been in operation since the late 19th century and was independent through the mid-2000s. However, today it is a RailAmerica property, still operating its main line between Jacksonville and Miami. To visit their website regarding employment please click here.
Shortline, Class III Railroads
Apalachicola Northern Railway: Also known as the AN Railway, today it is a Genesee & Wyoming shortline serving Florida's western panhandle. To visit its web page for contact information please click here.
Bay Line Railroad: The Bay Line Railroad is another Genesee & Wyoming property, which operates in Florida's northern panhandle. To visit their web page for contact information please click here.
First Coast Railroad: The First Coast is another Genesee shortline serving the very northeastern tip of Florida. The line is quite small at just over 30 miles connecting with CSX. To visit their web page please click here.
Florida Central Railroad: The Florida Central is owned by the Pinsly Railroad Company and operates northwest of Orlando, connecting there with CSX. To visit Pinsly's website for employment opportunities please click here.
Florida Midland Railroad: Another Pinsly property, the Florida Midland serves two very small segments of railroad near Lake Wales and Winter Haven connecting with CSX. To visit Pinsly's website for contact information please click here.
Florida Northern Railroad: Yet another Pinsly shortline, the Florida Northern serves two broken segments of track south of High Springs and near Ocala, both of which connect with CSX. To visit their website please click here.
Florida West Coast Railroad: The Florida West Coast is a very small, 13-mile shortline serving the Gainesville region. For contact information; P.O. Box 1267, Trenton Florida 32693-1267. Phone 352-463-1103.
Georgia & Florida Railway: The Georgia & Florida is an OminTRAX-owned shortline serving Georgia and northern Florida along more than 260 miles of track. To visit their web page for contact information please click here.
Seminole Gulf Railway: The Seminole Gulf operates both freight and excursion train operations in the southwestern area of the state. To visit their website for contact information please click here.
South Central Florida Express, Inc.: This railroad is privately owned by the U.S. Sugar Corporation and as such I am not sure if they hire or contract employees to work their freight rail operations. To visit their website for contact information please click here.
Talleyrand Terminal Railroad: This terminal railroad is owned by Genesee & Wyoming and serves the Jacksonville Port Authority. To visit their website for contact information please click here.
Commuter and Light Rail Transit
Tri-Rail: I am not sure how Tri-Rail operates its trains, such as whether they contract the work or hire their own employees. In any event, to contact them regarding job openings please click here.
For more information about shortline railroads that serve Florida 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.