If you are interested in Maine railroad jobs unfortunately the Pine Tree State is home to only a few companies and no Class Is (which traditionally offer the highest paying jobs), although Amtrak does operate in there. Along with Class II, regionals Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway and Pan Am Railways the state is home to shortlines Eastern Maine Railway, Maine Eastern Railroad, New Hampshire Northcoast Corporation, St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad, and Turners Island, LLC. Overall, the state is home to just a little more than 1,000 miles of railroad (200+ of which was threatened to be abandoned in recent years but Maine stepped in and purchased the line to keep it operational), although there has been talk of restoring to service to some abandoned routes. In any event, to get an idea of what the state's railroad network looks like today please click here.
If you do not like snow and bitterly cold winters, working outdoors along Maine's railroads is probably not the job for you. By itself railroading is a tough job but tie this in with the state's legendary winters and the work is that much more difficult. So, please be prepared for both if you are interested in becoming a railroader in Maine. Since the state is not home to any Class I railroads you most likely would not be working the grueling, 12-hour endless days that is common within those companies. However, it doesn't mean the job can't be any less stressful or physically demanding on smaller railroads (many of which don't have the expensive track and maintenance machines, meaning more physical labor is involved).
Also, please refrain from contacting me about potential job openings or what a particular position involves. If you visit the site's career page mentioned above I have provided just about all of the information I can concerning working in the industry. To learn more, by contacting the railroad(s) directly they should be able to answer any questions you may have. Lastly, for more information regarding Maine railroad jobs, please visit the links below or the railroad's individual contact information concerning possible openings.
Finally, to search for Maine railroad jobs directly please use the below search box from Indeed.com.
Class I Railroads
Regional, Class II Railroads
Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway: The MM&A is a private regional which operates across central Maine (connecting Bangor), through southern Quebec and reaching Montreal via trackage rights (the railroad also serves Newport, Vermont). The railroad began operations in 2003 when it took over the lines of the bankrupt and historic Bangor & Aroostook. For contact information about possible job openings please click here.
Pan Am Railways: Pan Am Railways operates trackage formerly owned by historic lines like the Maine Central and Boston & Maine. It operates a regional railroad that stretches across southern Maine and into Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire and even Vermont (not all of its lines are connected, however). For possible employment opportunities please click here.
Shortline, Class III Railroads
Eastern Maine Railway: The Eastern Maine Railway is owned by the New Brunswick Southern Railway and together serve a nearly 200-mile railroad between Saint John, New Brunswick and Brownville Junction, Maine. Please visit their website to learn about potential job openings.
Maine Eastern Railroad: This railroad operates both freight service and excursion trains along their coastal system that serves Brunswick and Rockland. For contact information about possible positions available please click here.
New Hampshire Northcoast Corporation: This small shortline has been in operation since the 1980s operating a former branch of the Boston & Maine between Ossipee and Rollinsford, New Hampshire right on the Maine border. For contact information; P. O. Box 429, Ossipee, New Hampshire 03864. Phone 603-539-2789.
St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad: This railroad is owned by Genesee & Wyoming's large family of shortlines. It connects Portland with northern New Hampshire and Vermont along a 157-mile system. For contact information please visit their web page.
Turners Island, LLC: This small terminal railroad serves the Portland area. For contact information please click here to visit their website.
For more information about shortline railroads that serve Maine please click here to visit the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association's website.
Finally, if a career in railroading is right for you but you would like to learn more about what it takes to work in the industry you might want to consider the book Working on the Railroad from noted author Brian Solomon. Solomon's book details the history of working in the railroad industry and the difficulties and hardship employees faced back then as well as today. After reading this book you should have no doubts about whether working in the industry is something you are truly interested in. In any event, if you're interested in perhaps purchasing this book please visit the link below which will take you to ordering information through Amazon.com, the trusted online shopping network.