Working in the railroad industry is not a career suited for everyone.
So, if you are unfamiliar with trains and their operations you may want
to take the time to learn more about them before deciding if it is truly
something you want to do. Being a railroader is a very tough requiring
one to be away from home and family on a regular basis. While hiring
on with a smaller railroad offers better hours, Class Is offer the best
pay in the industry along with excellent retirement and benefits (some
Class I railroaders are able to earn a six-digit salary in a single year). Also, if you are either in
or plan to attend college
and are interested in the fields of business (such as accounting,
management, or economics) you may want to check out the career pages of
the Class Is. Many offer summertime internships and
graduate programs to help potential candidates get their "foot in the
door" so to speak before they finish college
(while the programs are aimed at grooming potential new hirees they
offer excellent experience for whatever field you ultimately choose).
Finally, the contact information listed below is accurate to my
knowledge and I do apologize for any errors you may come across.
Short Lines And Regionals
New York, Susquehanna & Western Railway: This historic
regional, also affectionately known as the "Susie-Q", the NYS&W
dates back to the early 1880s and today connects New Jersey, New York,
and extreme northeastern Pennsylvania (the railroad reaches as far north
as Utica and Syracuse).
& Delaware River Railway: This shortline is owned and operated by
the Black River Railroad, which also runs excursion trains for the
general public during the summer months.
|Conrail C30-7A #6557 and a mate have autorack train ML440 at Clark, New Jersey as it passes another on the next track over on April 29, 1999.|
Black River & Western Railroad: This shortline was started
in the mid-1960s initially as a tourist railroad. Today, it is owned by
the Black River Railroad (headquartered in Ringoes, New Jersey) and
also operates freight service.
Cape May Seashore Lines: This freight line and tourist railroad
operates former Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines trackage.
East Jersey Railroad & Terminal Company: To contact this
terminal railroad; P. O. Box 67, Bayonne, New Jersey 07002-0067.
Hainesport Industrial Railroad: To contact the railroad: 5900
Delaware Avenue, Hainesport, New Jersey 08036-3667.
Morristown & Erie Railway: This historic shortline dates
back to 1902 when it originally connected Morristown with Essex Falls.
Today, the M&E operates three unconnected lines west of New York
City. Additionally, the railroad operates the Maine Eastern Railroad
and the Stourbridge Railway in Pennsylvania.
New Jersey Rail Carriers, LLC: This terminal railroad provides
switching services for industries located in or near Kearny.
New York & Greenwood Lake Railway: The NY&GL provides
switching services for a few industries near Passaic. To contact the
company; 1 Wildwood Terrace, Glen Ridge, New Jersey 07028-2310.
New York New Jersey Rail, LLC: This terminal railroad provides
switching services between Jersey City, New Jersey and Brooklyn, New
York. It is the last surviving carfloat railroad remaining on the
harbor (years ago there were dozens). The railroad has been in
operation since the mid-2000s.
Port Jersey Railroad: To contact the railroad; 203 Port Jersey Boulevard, Jersey City, New Jersey 07305.
Raritan Central Railroad: This railroad offers terminal and
industrial switching services in Raritan serving two locations. The
company also operates similar services for the city of Chambersburg,
|Norfolk Southern C40-9W #9501 and two mates lead a short train 212 eastbound near Manville, New Jersey on September 30, 2007.|
SMS Rail Service, Inc.: Also known as SMS Lines, this shortline
provides rail service for the Bridgeport, New Jersey region as well as
Guilderland, New York.
Southern Railroad of New Jersey: This short line operates about
70 miles of former Central Railroad of New Jersey trackage.
Winchester & Western Railroad: The W&W's primary lines
are located in northern Virginia and western Maryland. However, they
also operate a few branch lines in New Jersey. To contact the railroad
about jobs; 126 East Piccadilly Street, Winchester, Virginia 22601.