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
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. Please note, while many 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.
Short Lines And Regionals
Brandon Railroad: This terminal railroad operates about 17 miles of track around Omaha, taking over the former South Omaha Terminal Railway in 1978. Address: 4901 South 28th Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68107.
|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.|
Nebkota Railway: This short line started operations in 1994 over 73 miles between Merriman and Chadron, serving primarily agricultural businesses. Today, about half that trackage is still in use and it currently operates as a division of Nebraska Northwestern.
Nebraska Central Railroad: The Nebraska Central is a subsidiary of the Rio Grande Pacific Corporation that originally began service in 1993. Today, it operates 340 miles. Please visit Rio Grande Pacific's website regarding job openings and employment.
Nebraska, Kansas & Colorado Railway: This Class II, regional is another OmniTRAX property and operates roughly 559 miles of disconnected track predominantly based in Kansas and Nebraska but also reaching eastern Colorado. It has been in service since 1996. Please visit the OmniTRAX website for career information.
Nebraska Northwestern Railroad: This short line began operations in 2010 between Dakota Junction and Chadron that spans about 7 miles. With its ownership of the Nebkota Railway the property totals nearly 12 miles. Address: 223 Cloverleaf Road, Chadron, Nebraska 69337.
|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 1903 as an interurban railroad. Today, the short line performs mostly switching duties serving the town of Lincoln. Please visit the company's website for available contact information.
Sidney & Lowe Railroad: This small switching road has slowly grown over the years from its start in 1980. It is a division Progress Rail Service. Please visit their website for career and contact information.