The state of Kansas is still home to more than 6,000 miles of railroads
despite the wide scale abandonments which took place across many of the
granger states in the 1970s and 1980s. If you are interested in Kansas
railroad jobs the state is home to four Class Is, several Class IIs
(regionals), and a handful of Class
III shortlines. So, with that said, there are several different
options to choose from along with the fact that Amtrak also operates
through the state. Please note, there is not much more I can provide aside from what I have
already added here and elsewhere on the site; for direct job requests you will need to contact
the railroad personally to find out more. Finally, to search for Kansas jobs directly please use the below search box from Indeed.com.
Various BNSF power can be seen here at the Class I's terminal in Topeka, Kansas on May 31, 2012.
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. Please note, while many smaller 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 (most of the large short line conglomerates request you visit their websites regarding job information).
Short Lines And Regionals
Blackwell Northern Gateway Railroad: This small short line is owned by the Blackwell Industrial Authority Oklahoma Department of Transportation while the line is operated by US Rail Partners. Its trackage consists of about 35 miles between Blackwell, Oklahoma and Hunnewell, Kansas. Please visit the company's website for job information.
Cimarron Valley Railroad: This privately-owned short line, a subsidiary of The Western Group, has been in service since early 1996 when it acquired former Santa Fe trackage in Oklahoma, Colorado, and Kansas. In all the road operates roughly 254 miles. To learn about possible job opportunities please visit the Western Group website.
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.
Garden City Western Railway: This railroad is owned by the Pioneer RailCorp and operates 40 miles of track between Garden City and Shallow Water with a branch to Wolf. The history of the line dates back to 1916. Please visit the company's web page for contact information and employment opportunities.
Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad: This large regional, a Watco system, operates roughly 840 miles track across much of central and western Kansas, reaching the Colorado border. The K&O began service in 2001 and the property's history primarily traces back to the Santa Fe with a few Missouri Pacific segments.
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. The company's address is: 4501 Kansas Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas 66106.
Kyle Railroad: This large, Class II, regional system operates more than 500 miles of which most is the Rock Island's former main line between Chicago and Denver. The system has been a subsidiary of Genesee & Wyoming since 2012 and handles a wide array of freight.
Missouri & Northern Arkansas Railroad: This regional system, currently a division of G&W, began service in 1992 by acquiring more than 102 miles from Union Pacific late that year. Today, the M&NA operates nearly 600 miles of track handling more than 100,000 carloads annually.
Nebraska, Kansas & Colorado Railway: This Class II, regional is another OmniTRAX property and operates roughly 559 miles of disconnected track predominantly based in Kansas. For contact and employment information please visit the NK&C's web page.
V&S Railway: This short line, owned by A&K Railroad Materials, operates two disconnected lines in Kansas; between Medicine Lodge and Attica as well as the former Hutchinson & Northern property. For information regarding employment please visit the company's website.
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.
South Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad: The SK&O is another Watco regional railroad Tulsa, Oklahoma to several points throughout southeastern Kansas including Winfield, Humboldt, and Pittsburg among others. Its property totals 404 miles and annual carloads exceed 50,000.
Wichita Union Terminal Railway: This road is jointly owned by UP and BNSF. It was first established in 1910 although the tracks serving stockyard and packing companies at Wichita had been in service since 1889. Address: 1537 North Barwise Street, Wichita, Kansas 67214.