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.
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.