you have a particular interest in working within the railroad industry
but are not very familiar with how it operates then you may want to take
the time to first learn more. I must admit
that even I am only providing second-hand information from what I have
both read and heard here. That is because I thought I wanted to work in
transportation until realizing how much time one spends away from home.
While the pay is excellent on Class I railroads in the end I decided
it just was not for me. If you are still deciding yourself be sure to
learn as much as you can about a career in the industry before making a decision. Also, if you are a college student or plan to attend college both CSX and Norfolk Southern offer either scholarships
or summertime internships for eventual management careers with their
Please do not attempt to
contact me regarding available positions. I do not mean to sound brash
but there is simply not a lot which I can do to help. You will need to
contact the individual railroad regarding possible employment opportunities (larger operations such as Genesee & Wyoming, Watco, and Patriot Rail requests that all potential job seekers visit the employment page at their respective websites). Finally, while many of these railroads do have websites or web pages, they are not included here. However, by doing a quick search you can find their site on the web.
Athens Line, LLC: This short line is operated under contract to the Great Walton Railroad albeit its assets are owned by the city of Athens. The road operates 38 miles between Madison and Junior State. For information regarding employment please visit Great Walton's website. The Athens Line's address is: 1096 North Cherokee Road, Social Circle, Georgia 30025.
Chattahoochee Bay Railroad: The Chattahoochee Bay is a 25-mile short line serving Dothan, Alabama and stretching just slightly into the Georgia state line at Hilton where it interchanges with NS. It is owned by the Genesee & Wyoming (since 2006).
Chattooga & Chickamauga Railway: The C&C is a Genesee & Wyoming subsidiary operating 49 miles from Chattanooga, Tennessee south to Lyerly. Its freight currently consists of chemicals, metals and plastics.
Chattahoochee Industrial Railroad: This former Georgia-Pacific property was acquired by G&W in 2004. It currently operates 15 miles connecting with CSX and Norfolk Southern lines near the Chattahoochee River.
First Coast Railroad: This short line began in 2005 over property leased from CSX between Fernandina Beach, Florida and Seals, Georgia where it interchanges with CSX. The 32-mile line is operated by G&W.
|Norfolk Southern SD50s, led by #6524 crosses a rural grade crossing with a manifest freight near Winston, Georgia on June 15, 1993.|
Fulton County Railway: This OmniTRAX property began service in 2004, currently operating about 20 miles of trackage serving the Fulton County Industrial Park. It moves a wide range of freight handling about 8,000 carloads annually.
Georgia & Florida Railway: This large short line operates around 264 miles of trackage running from Albany, Georgia to Foley, Florida. The route's history dates back to the Southern. OmniTRAX acquired the property in 2005 from Georgia & Florida RailNet, renaming it as the Georgia & Florida Railway. It currently handles a variety of freight including wood pulp, beer, ethanol, agricultural commodities, limestone/aggregate, and other traffic.
Georgia Central Railway: This large short line is a property of G&W (since 2005) over trackage formerly of SCL heritage. The route is 171 miles in length connecting Macon with the coast at Savannah. Its traffic is highly diversified and includes coal, chemicals, agriculture, food products, forest products, minerals/aggregates, plastics, and pulp/paper products.
Georgia Northeastern Railroad: This privately-owned short line uses part of the former Louisville & Nashville's famed "Hook & Eye" route. It currently runs from Marietta northward to McCaysville near the Tennessee state line, more than 100 miles in length. Service began around 1990 and traffic currently consists of timber, grain, poultry, and marble products. The railroad is also noted for hosting the popular Blue Ridge Scenic Railway on a section of the property.
Georgia Southwestern Railroad: This large short line is primarily based in western Georgia but also extends into eastern Alabama at Eufaula. The road operates more than 230 miles of track and handles more than 13,000 carloads annually amongst a wide range of freight. It has been a G&W property since 2008.
Georgia Southern Railway: This Pioneer Railcorp property was formerly known as the Georgia Midland prior to 2010. The system currently operates three disconnected lines running from Perry to Roberta (30 miles), Swainsboro to Midville (16 miles), and Meter to Dover (28 miles). Its current freight includes sand, asphalt, plastics, lumber, grain, scrap, fertilizer and stone aggregates.
Georgia Woodlands Railroad: This short line, currently owned by OmniTRAX, has been in service since 1988 operating just over 17 miles between Washington and Barnett. It currently handles less than 1,000 annual carloads that includes plastic pellets, wood chips, lumber, forest products, and petroleum gases.
Golden Isles Terminal Railroad: This small terminal road began service in 1998 over trackage formerly owned by the Colonel's Island Railroad. It operates a total of 13 miles on main line and primarily serves the Georgia Port Authority at Brunswick. It interchanges with both CSX and NS with primary traffic including automobiles, chemicals, food products, and animal feed.
Great Walton Railroad: The small, independent Great Walton has been in service since 1987 and currently operates 10 miles between Monroe and Social Circle. The trackage was once owned by the Georgia Railroad, part of the West Point Route. The short line currently moves more than 3,500 carloads annually with traffic including clay, feldspar, grain, machinery, fertilizer, woodchips, plastics, pulpwood, and silica.
Hartwell Railroad: This historic short line dates back to its chartering in 1878 as a three-foot, narrow-gauge that would eventually connect Hartwell and Bowersville (10 miles). The Southern acquired the property in 1902, converting it to standard-gauge but resold it to private owners in 1924. Today, the Hartwell is contracted out to the Great Walton which operates freight service on the line. Additionally, the road also now owns the former NS route between Toccoa and Elberton (48 miles).
Heart of Georgia Railroad: This railroad is privately owned by Atlantic Western Transportation. It has been in service since 1999 operating 177 miles between Mahrt, Alabama and Vidalia, Georgia on trackage once owned by the Seaboard Air Line. Its freight ranges from agriculture to petroleum products. Aside from freight service the line also hosts the popular SAM Shortline excursions.
Riceboro Southern Railway: The Riceboro Southern operates between Richmond Hill (south of Savannah) and Riceboro on trackage once owned by SAL. Its freight currently consists of chemicals and pulp/paper products.
Sandersville Railroad: The privately owned Sandersville Railroad, also known as the "Kaolin Road," dating back to its chartering in 1893 soon completing its route from Sandersville to Tennille, where it interchanged with the Central of Georgia (3 miles). For many years traffic was sparse but grew prodigiously after 1938 when the Champion Paper & Fiber Company decided to begin processing its kaolin deposits located in the local Washington County region. A plant was built in Sandersville and today kaolin remains an important source of freight while other commodities include plastic pellets, ethanol, turkey feed, and chipwood.
Savannah Port Terminal Railroad: This small terminal road is owned by G&W that first began service on June 9, 1998 over property formerly owned by Savannah State Docks Railroad. It operates about 18 miles of main line track in the Savannah area with primary freight including chemicals, food products, intermodal containers, and pulp/paper hauling more than 46,000 carloads annually.
|An elderly Georgia Central U23B, #3933, is tied down in Vidalia, Georgia with a few cars on July 24, 2004.|
St. Marys Railroad: The historic St. Marys Railroad has been in operation since it was renamed in 1939 from property originally known as the St. Marys & Kingsland Railroad of 1865. The small line has always served the St. Marys area, running to Kinglands (10 miles) where it currently interchanges with the First Coast Railroad. For many years the company served a burgeoning paper mill and later the U.S. Army's Kings Bay ammunition storage facility. It is presently owned by the Boatright Companies and has no known sources of freight revenue. However, in recent years the company has been able to launch a successful excursion service.
Valdosta Railway: The Valdosta Railway has been in service since 1992 running from Clyattville to Valdosta (10 miles) interchanging with both CSX and NS. It has been under G&W ownership since 2005 and currently hauls chemicals, food products, animal feed, forest products, plastics, and pulp/paper products.