If you are seriously interested in pursuing a railroad career, especially in either the transportation or maintenance fields (which include such positions as conductor, engineer, or general track maintainer), the work can be brutally difficult. Today, the physical demands are not quite the same as they were before heavy mechanization decreased the need for so much human labor (although it hasn't completely disappeared). However, perhaps the hardest aspect of the job is the sheer number of hours you must be on call, which usually means long, 12-hour days. While smaller railroads usually offer a more predictable work schedule they cannot match the level of pay, benefits, and retirement of Class Is. Ultimately, it comes down to whether you think a career as a railroader is right for you. Lastly, if you are a college student you may want to see what internship programs BNSF, Union Pacific, or really any of the Class I railroads have to offer. Most offer some type of summertime management/business program for college students to help them get an early start in the field. Finally, I cannot guarantee that the contact information listed here is entirely, 100% accurate. However, as far as I am aware it is up-to-date.
Class I Railroads/Amtrak
Arizona Eastern Railway: The Arizona Eastern is a large operation utilizing more than 200 miles of trackage between Clifton and Miami, Arizona while it briefly enters New Mexico. For more many years the property was owned by Southern Pacific before spun-off. After going through a few owners the AE is currently the property of large short line conglomerate Genesee & Wyoming, which may be contacted regarding career opportunities.
Navajo Mine Railroad: This privately owned, electrified operation's sole purpose is to shuttle coal from BHP Billiton's Navajo Coal Mine to the the Four Corners Generating Station. It has been in operation since 1974 and was expanded in 1984, currently operated 14 miles of track. There is no connection with the national rail network.
Santa Fe Southern Railway: This short line provides freight and excursion service over the former AT&SF's Santa Fe branch to the city. It may be contacted through its website.
Texas-New Mexico Railroad: The Texas-New Mexico operates just over 100 miles of trackage between Monahans, Texas and Lovington, New Mexico. The company has went through various ownership since 1989 and is currently the property of Iowa Pacific. Recently, the company is working to greatly updated and upgrade the property for heavier freight use in the coming year. Iowa Pacific is an expanding short line system which operates several rail lines across the country and may be contacted through their website regarding possible job opportunities.
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