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.
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.
(To search for Florida railroad jobs directly please use the below search box from Indeed.com.)
Short Line And Regional Railroads
Many of the regional and short line railroads listed below are subsidiaries of one of the following companies. To learn more about employment opportunities with them please visit their website:
Alabama & Gulf Coast Railway: The Alabama & Gulf Coast, a Genesee & Wyoming 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.
Apalachicola Northern Railway: Also known as the AN Railway,
today it is a Genesee & Wyoming shortline serving Florida's western
Bay Line Railroad: The Bay Line Railroad is another Genesee
& Wyoming property, which operates in Florida's northern panhandle.
First Coast Railroad: The First Coast is another Genesee short line 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.
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.
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.
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.
Georgia & Florida Railway: The Georgia & Florida is an
OminTRAX-owned shortline serving Georgia and northern Florida along more
than 260 miles of track.
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.
For more information about shortline railroads that serve Florida please click here to visit the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association's website.