If you are interested in Idaho railroad jobs the state is mostly home to Class Is as Union Pacific and BNSF Railway make up nearly 60% of the trackage. However, despite the fact that nearly all of the state's rail mileage is located in either the northern panhandle or southern regions Idaho is surprisingly also home to a handful of short lines along with large Class II, regional Montana Rail Link. Amtrak also operates its very popular Empire Builder through the northern panhandle although the national carrier has no other trains running through Idaho.
If you are seriously interested in becoming a railroader, particularly 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. To learn more about these programs please visit each railroad's career page listed below. For questions and concerns regarding possible openings please contact the railroads themselves, as I can provide little help.
(To search for Idaho railroad jobs directly please use the below search box from Indeed.com.)
Class I Railroads
Short Line And Regional Railroads
Many of the regional and short line railroads listed below are
subsidiaries of one of the following companies.
Genesee & Wyoming
Watco Companies, LLC
Rio Grande Pacific Corporation
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 816-776-7270.
City of Boise Railroad: This is a recently created shortline owned by the city of Boise. However, I am unsure if it is currently operating or that the city employees its own workers. To contact the city to find please visit their website.
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 northwest Idaho. To contact the port to inquire about openings please click here.
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 Harvard, Idaho. To contact the railroad please click here.
Check out the website's digital book (E-book), An Atlas To Classic Short Lines, which features system maps and a brief background of 46 different historic railroads. To learn more please click on the image below.