Being a railroader requires one to be very vigilant and alert at all
times not to mention the constant stress that must be dealt with.
However, if you are able to land a job in North Carolina at least the
weather is not something you will have to worry about most of the time.
Generally, the state's climate is pretty mild to warm, even during the
winter months (unless you are based in the western mountains). In any
event, if you are pretty unfamiliar with the railroad industry it would
definitely be worth your time to read more about it and what it takes to
be a railroader. Class I railroads almost always offer the best pay
although it requires you to be on call nearly 24/7 at any hours of the
day. Lastly, if you
attend college it may be worth
your time to check out both the career pages of the Class Is listed
below and those which are not. Most of these large railroads offer
management internship and/or graduate programs for potential applicants
during the summer months (some even offer scholarships). Finally, I
cannot 100% guarantee the accuracy of the information listed below
although it is updated to the best of my knowledge.
Aberdeen, Carolina & Western Railway: The AC&W dates
back to 1987 when it took over a former Norfolk Southern branch between
Aberdeen and Star. Two years later it leased more of the Class I's
trackage between Charlotte and Gulf, and today has remained about the
Aberdeen & Rockfish Railroad: The A&R is a historic
shortline dating back to the late 19th century. Today, the railroad's
system runs from Fayetteville to Aberdeen and it remains a wholly
Alexander Railroad: This historic railroad (also known as "The
Junebug Line," dates back to 1946 when it was started to take over an
abandoned Southern Railway branch, operates about 20 miles of track
between Statesville and Taylorsville, North Carolina.
|Aberdeen, Carolina & Western GP16 #1721 pulls a cut of hoppers long-hood forward across the diamond at Baldwin Lake near Whitney, North Carolina on the evening of April 10, 2010. The Geep began its career as Seaboard Air Line GP18 #408 in 1960.|
Atlantic & Western Railway: The A&W is another short line
owned by Genesee & Wyoming, and operates just 11 miles of track
between Sanford and Cumnock.
Caldwell County Railroad: This shortline operates 17 miles of
track connecting Hickory and Lenoir. To contact the railroad about
possible job openings; 5725 Giles Farm Road, Morganton, North Carolina 28655.
Carolina Coastal Railway: Operated by Main Line Rail Management,
this shortline operates nearly 160 miles of unconnected rail lines
between Raleigh and Plymouth, and also between Belhaven and Pinetown.
Carolina Southern Railroad: This railroad, located between Whiteville,
North Carolina and Conway, South Carolina operates nearly 100 miles of
track formerly owned by CSX.
Chesapeake & Albemarle Railroad: The C&A is owned by Genesee & Wyoming (which operates an extensive list of shortlines), and
operates a large section of the original Norfolk Southern Railway main
line between Norfolk, Virginia and Edenton, North Carolina.
Clinton Terminal Railroad: To contact the railroad; 368
Melvabrook Road, Clinton, North Carolina 28328-0690.
High Point, Thomasville & Denton Railroad: This historic
railroad, owned by the Winston-Salem Southbound Railway (jointly owned
by CSX and NS), operates between High Point and High Rock. To contact
the Winston-Salem Southbound; 4550 Overdale Road, Winston-Salem, North
Laurinburg & Southern Railroad: The historic Laurinburg
& Southern Railroad dates back to 1909 and today connects Johns,
Laurinburg, and Raeford. The railroad is currently owned by Gulf &
Morehead & South Fork Railroad: Another Gulf & Ohio
property this terminal railroad serves the Port of Morehead.
Nash County Railroad: Yet another G&O shortline, this
railroad connects Rocky Mount with Nashville and interchanges with CSX.
North Carolina & Virginia Railroad: The NC&V is another
RailAmerica shortline and operates 135 miles of track between Tunis,
North Carolina and Boykins, Virginia and a connection with CSX.
Thermal Belt Railway: This shortline operates just about nine
miles of track between Bostic and Spindale with a connection to CSX at
Thermal. To contact the railroad; 5725 Giles Farm Road, Morganton,
North Carolina 28655.
|Norfolk & Western Class A #1218 is seen here negotiating the wye at Front Royal, Virginia during May of 1988 as the big steamer prepares a return trip to Alexandria.|
Virginia Southern Railroad: The Virginia Southern Railroad is
owned by the North Carolina & Virginia, operating between Oxford,
North Carolina and Burkeville, Virginia. To contact the railroad please
see the NC&V's web page listed above.
Wilmington Terminal Railroad: This terminal railroad serves the
Port of Wilmington and is operated by the Genesee & Wyoming.
Overall the railroad owns about 17 miles of track.
Yadkin Valley Railroad: This railroad is another G&O
property that owns 93 miles of track between Mount Airy and North