New Jersey's history with railroads dates back to the earliest days of the industry when the Camden & Amboy was chartered in 1830 (just three years after the Baltimore & Ohio). If you are interested in New Jersey railroad jobs, today the state is still home to several companies including three Class Is (CSX Transportation, Norfolk Southern, and Canadian Pacific), one Class II (the New York, Susquehanna & Western Railway), and a handful of smaller Class III, shortlines. Today, New Jersey mostly originates mixed, scrap, or waste freight hauled by rail as combined they make up 61% of the state's total. To learn more about New Jersey's current railroad network, the companies that operate there, and what they haul please click here.
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).
Lastly, for more information regarding New Jersey railroad jobs, please visit the links below or the railroad's individual contact information concerning possible openings. 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 listed below. 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.
Also, to search for New Jersey railroad jobs directly please use the below search box from Indeed.com.
Class I Railroads
Regional, Class II Railroads
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). To contact the railroad about job openings please click here.
Shortline, Class III Railroads
Belvidere & 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. For contact information about employment please click here.
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. To contact the railroad please visit their website.
Cape May Seashore Lines: This freight line and tourist railroad operates former Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines trackage. To contact the company about potential job opportunities please click here.
East Jersey Railroad & Terminal Company: To contact this terminal railroad; P. O. Box 67, Bayonne, New Jersey 07002-0067. Phone 201-437-2200.
Hainesport Industrial Railroad: To contact the railroad: 5900 Delaware Avenue, Hainesport, New Jersey 08036-3667. Phone 609-261-8036.
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. To contact the railroad about job openings please click here.
New Jersey Rail Carriers, LLC: This terminal railroad provides switching services for industries located in or near Kearny. To contact the railroad please click here.
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. Phone 973-743-5300.
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. For contact information about employment please visit their website.
Port Jersey Railroad: To contact the railroad; 203 Port Jersey Boulevard, Jersey City, New Jersey 07305. Phone 201-434-8373.
Raritan Central Railway: This railroad offers terminal and industrial switching services in Raritan serving two locations. The company also operates similar services for the city of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. To contact the railroad about possible employment please visit their website.
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. To contact the railroad about job openings please click here.
Southern Railroad of New Jersey: This shortline operates about 70 miles of former Central Railroad of New Jersey trackage. To contact the railroad about employment please click here.
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. Phone 540-662-2600.
For more information about shortline railroads that serve New Jersey 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.