If you are interested in working
within the railroad industry landing a position within Louisiana
certainly provides for much better year-round weather than what you
would experience in more northerly states. However, if you accept a
position in transportation or maintenance where you will be working out
along the main line expect to work very long hours and away from home on
a regular basis. This is particularly true with Class I railroads who
also do not guarantee that you will be based in any particular area.
For instance, while you may prefer to be based in Louisiana a company
such as Union Pacific may place you somewhere out in California or
Oregon as the railroad operates all over the west. Finally, if you are a college student or plan to attend with an
interest in either management or business many Class I railroads today
offer either scholarships or summertime internship/graduate programs
for potential applicants. In regard to the summer programs I am not
sure how many students a particular company will hire, how many weeks
the work lasts, or where you will be based.
Acadiana Railway: This small, privately owned shortline
operates about 57 miles of track near Opelousas. For contact
information; 1224 Cortez
P. O. Box 1729, Opelousas, Louisiana 70571-1729.
Arkansas, Louisiana & Mississippi Railroad: The AL&M is a
Genesee & Wyoming shortline operating 53 miles of track in northern
Louisiana and southern Arkansas.
Baton Rouge Southern Railroad: The Baton Rouge Southern Railroad
is a Watco Companies property operating a very small segment of track
north of the city.
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CG Railway: The CG Railway offers terminal/ferry service between New
Orleans and central Mexico. I am not sure how they hire potential
Delta Southern Railroad: The privately owned Delta Southern
Railroad operates more than 100 miles of track in northern Louisiana and
southern Arkansas on two unconnected rail lines.
Gloster Southern Railroad: This railroad is another V&S
Railway property, operating 33 miles of track north of Baton Rouge.
Louisiana & Delta Railroad: The L&D is another Genesee
& Wyoming shortline operating 72 miles of unconnected branch lines
west of New Orleans with trackage rights reaching the port city.
Louisiana & North West Railroad: The L&NW is a Patriot
Rail Corporation shortline, serving a 68-mile system near Homer,
Louisiana Southern Railroad: This railroad is another Watco
Companies shortline operating a 150+ mile system in the northern regions
of the state.
New Orleans & Gulf Coast Railway: The NO&GC is a Rio
Grande Pacific Corporation railroad operating 32 miles just outside of
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New Orleans Public Belt Railroad: This terminal railroad has
been in operation since the late 19th century and still serves its home
Ouachita Railroad: This small short line is mostly located in
Arkansas but also operates into northern Louisiana. It is currently
owned by Arkansas Short Line Railroads, Inc. For contact information;
730 South Washington, El Dorado, Arkansas 71730.
Timber Rock Railroad: The Timber Rock Railroad is another Watco
property operating 160 miles of track mostly in east Texas but also
reaches Deridder, Louisiana.