A career as a railroader isn't exactly all that its hyped up to be,
particularly by Hollywood. For instance, I long had an interest working
in the railroad industry but decided against it after realizing just
how long one must be out on the road. This is particularly true for
I railroads which operate such large systems that it requires workers
to be on the job for the maximum allowed workday of 12 hours. Couple
this with the fact that you must spend many nights away from home at
hotels and you can begin to see why they save railroading becomes a
lifestyle. Of course, you don't have to take a job in the more
traditional fields of transportation or maintenance. For instance, many
Class Is today offer internships and scholarships for college students
interested in various management positions.
Short Lines And Regionals
Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad: The Kansas & Oklahoma
Railroad is a nearly 1,000 mile regional line serving much of Iowa. The
company is currently owned by Watco.
Kyle Railroad: The Kyle Railroad is another of the state's large
regionals operating more than 600 miles of track in the northern
regions, stretching into northeastern Colorado. The railroad is
currently owned by Genesee & Wyoming.
|A pair of Katy SW9s, #19 and #15, move a cut of cars through Glenn Park Yard in Kansas City on September 17, 1983. In the background is Conrail GP38-2 #8097, which the author notes has been leased due to the MKT's power shortage.|
Missouri & Northern Arkansas Railroad: The M&NA is
another G&W regional railroad operating nearly 600 miles of
trackage mostly in Missouri and Arkansas although it also stretches into
extreme southeastern Kansas.
Nebraska, Kansas & Colorado Railway: The NK&C is owned
by OmniTRAX and operates a 550+ mile system through western Kansas and
South Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad: The SK&O is another
Watco regional railroad serving southeastern Kansas and northern
Oklahoma, operating a 400+ mile system.
Blackwell Northern Gateway Railroad: This small shortline is owned by
the Blackwell Industrial Authority and mostly operates in northern
Oklahoma and extreme southern Kansas.
Cimarron Valley Railroad: This large shortline operates more than
250 miles of track in Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado.
Garden City Western
Railway: This railroad is owned by the Pioneer RailCorp and operates 40
miles of track in southwest Kansas.
|A classic Santa Fe caboose, #999808, tags along on a short local freight through Newton, Kansas along the La Junta Subdivision on the evening of July 13, 2002.|
Kansas City Terminal Railway: This terminal railroad, which has
been in operation since 1906 serves the city of Kansas City providing
switching service for the larger railroads which operate through the
area. For contact information; 4501 Kansas Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas
Kaw River Railroad: Another Watco shortline, the Kaw River
Railroad operates 28 miles of track near Kansas City.
V&S Railway: The V&S Railway operates its own line
between Medicine Lodge and Attica and also owns a handful of other
Wichita Union Terminal Railway: For contact information; 1537
North Barwise Street, Wichita, Kansas 67214-1329.