Nebraska Railroad Jobs

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.  Finally, to search for jobs directly please use the below search box from Indeed.com.

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Burlington Northern GP40M #3522 and two EMD leasers ease through Hobson Yard with a freight at Lincoln, Nebraska on July 4, 1991.

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, if you are in college please be sure and check out the career pages of the Class Is 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. 

Short Lines And Regionals

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. 

Nebraska, Kansas & Colorado Railway: The NK&C is an OmniTRAX property, more nearly 600 miles of unconnected track in Nebraska, Kansas, and eastern Colorado.

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.

A trio of Milwaukee Road SD40-2s and a BN SD40-2 have an empty train of coal hoppers heading westbound through Dayton's Bluff Yard in St. Paul on September 17, 1982. These are the dying days of the Milwaukee, which will disappear within a few years.

Fremont Northwestern Railroad: To contact the railroad; P. O. Box 26, Osmond, Nebraska 68765-0026.

Nebkota Railway: This short line operates a segment of former Chicago & North Western trackage in northwestern Nebraska. For contact information; 111 North Main Street, Chadron, Nebraska.

Nebraska Central Railroad: This large short line, 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.

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.



Union Pacific C41-8W #9441 and a trio of Norfolk Southern units roll past a grain elevator in North Platte with empty hoppers on July 4, 1991.

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.

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.

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