If you are seriously interested in becoming a railroader,
in the areas of transportation or maintenance, but aren't exactly sure
what all is involved the work can be very grueling. Even though the job
can be physically demanding most of the time workers, especially
conductors and engineers, fight
fatigue as 12-hour days are fairly common without a break. Most often
this occurs when working for a Class I railroad, which offer excellent
pay for the many hours railroaders remain on the job. Also, if you are a
college student the large railroads which serve Idaho, Union Pacific
and BNSF, offer either internship or graduate programs. For questions and concerns regarding
possible openings please contact the railroads themselves, as I can
provide little help.
Short Lines And Regionals
Montana Rail Link: MRL is one of the largest regionals in the
country operating across Montana and Idaho.
Bountiful Grain & Craig Mountain Railroad: The BG&CM operates
the former trackage of the Camas Prairie Railroad near Lewiston. The
railroad is currently owned by Railroad Materials Salvage. For contact
information; PO Box 612 Richmond, Missouri, 64085-8500. Phone
Boise Valley Railroad (reporting mark, BVRR):
This short line is part of the Watco's family of railroads that began
service in November of 2009. The road operates 36 miles of disconnected
property, the Wilder
Branch (11 miles between Wilder and Caldwell) and the Boise Cut-off (25
miles between Nampa and near Boise). There are numerous customers
served on the lines with primary freight including potatoes, lumber, fertilizer, and fuels.
|Milwaukee Road "Little Joe" #E79 and an SD45 layover at the terminal in Avery, Idaho next to the depot with an eastbound freight extra on an August night in 1971. Today, the rails are history (replaced by a highway) although the depot remains.|
Eastern Idaho Railroad: This railroad is another of the Watco's
family of shortlines operating two broken stretches of track in the
eastern regions of the state.
Great Northwest Railroad: Another Watco property that is mostly
located in southeastern Washington although it clips the Idaho border.
Idaho, Northern & Pacific Railroad: The IN&P is owned by
Rio Grande Pacific Corporation, which also operates a small family of
Pend Oreille Valley Railroad: This railroad is owned by the Port
of Pend Oreille, Washington. The railroad's track also operates into
|BNSF C44-9Ws #5454 and #4111 near Hauser Yard in Hauser, Idaho with a grain train on September 14, 2010.|
Palouse River & Coulee City Railroad: This railroad is also
owned by Watco and mostly operates in Washington and northeastern Oregon
but also runs a short stretch of track near Potlatch, Idaho.
St. Maries River Railroad: The St. Maries River Railroad, owned
by the Potlatch Corporation, operates a former Milwaukee Road branch
serving northern Idaho's timber interests. To contact the railroad; 318
North 10th Street
P. O. Box 619, St. Maries, Idaho 83861. Phone 208-245-4531.
Washington Idaho Railway: The Washington Idaho Railway serves
the area south of Spokane, Washington and stretches as far east as