Historically, Nebraska has been known for one thing, agriculture, which has really changed much today despite the fact that the state has lost nearly 50% of its peak rail mileage (which isn't unusual, most states show similar drops since the 1920s). Overall farming and food products make up a stunning 89% of the state's total freight rail tonnage. If you are interested in Nebraska railroad jobs the state is home to five of the seven Class Is (although Union Pacific and BNSF Railway make up the majority of the state's trackage), two Class IIs (the Nebraska, Kansas & Colorado Railway and Iowa Interstate), and a few small Class III, shortlines. For more information about Nebraska's railroads and what they haul annually please click here to view the Association of American Railroads' report on the state.
Being a railroader is one of those careers you either love or hate and the industry as a whole is not very well understood by the general public. For instance, when I was in high school I began asking around to councilors and teachers about what exactly one needed to do to become a railroader. Not one could answer my question, or even point me in the right direction, and I never really received solid answers until I attended an event held by CSX when I was in college. If you think you would to work in the railroad industry, in the more well known fields of either transportation or maintenance, please know that the work can be pretty difficult and the hours very long.
You must learn to adapt at being away from home and family for long periods of time, sleep in hotels, and fight the constant battle against fatigue. It was these drawbacks in particular that drove me away from becoming a railroader, personally I just did not feel the sacrifice was worth it. Of course, there are some very good things about working in the industry including excellent pay, benefits, and retirement.
Lastly, for more information regarding Nebraska railroad jobs, please visit the links below or the railroad's individual contact information concerning possible openings. Similarly, if you are in college please be sure and check out the career pages of the Class Is listed below if you are interested in the field of business (such as management). Many offer summertime programs to help you get your foot in the door while still in school. Finally, to search for Nebraska railroad jobs directly please use the below search box from Indeed.com.
Class I Railroads
Regional, Class II Railroads
Iowa Interstate Railroad: The Iowa Interstate has been in operation for more than 30 years and today operates and today operates a main line which stretches from Chicago (via trackage rights) to Omaha. To contact the railroad to inquire about job openings please visit their website.
Nebraska, Kansas & Colorado Railway: The NK&C is an OmniTRAX property, more nearly 600 miles of unconnected track in Nebraska, Kansas, and eastern Colorado. To contact the railroad about potential employment please click here.
Shortline, Class III Railroads
Brandon Railroad: This terminal railroad operates about 17 miles of track around Omaha connecting with Union Pacific and BNSF. For contact information; 4901 South 28th Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68107-2610. Phone 402-731-5660.
Fremont Northwestern Railroad: To contact the railroad; P. O. Box 26, Osmond, Nebraska 68765-0026. Phone 402-748-3535.
Nebkota Railway: This shortline operates a segment of former Chicago & North Western trackage in northwestern Nebraska. For contact information; 111 North Main Street, Chadron, Nebraska. Phone 308-432-2487.
Nebraska Central Railroad: This large shortline, owned by Rio Grande Pacific Corporation, operates more than 300 miles of its own trackage (former branch lines) along with an additional 70 miles of trackage owned by Union Pacific in eastern Nebraska. To contact the railroad regarding employment please click here to visit Rio Grande's website.
Nebraska Northeastern Railway: This shortline operates about 120 miles of trackage between Ferry Station and O'Neill, Nebraska, with connections to the BNSF Railway. To contact the railroad; 105 South State Street, Osmond, Nebraska 68765-5013. Phone 402-748-3535
Omaha, Lincoln & Beatrice Railway: The historic OL&B dates back to the very early 20th century as an interurban railroad, which is also well known as the "The Big Red Line". Today, the shortline performs mostly switching duties serving the town of Lincoln with connections to both Union Pacific and BNSF Railway. To contact the railroad about job openings please click here to visit their website.
Sidney & Lowe Railroad: The Sidney & Lowe, owned by Progress Rail Service, is a terminal railroad operating between Sidney and Huntsman with connections to BNSF and UP. To contact the railroad about job openings; 3224 Road 107, Sidney, Nebraska 69162. Phone 308-254-4938.
For more information about shortline railroads that serve Nebraska 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.