North Carolina is a place near and dear to me and while being a railroader can be a tough job, the state is a fine place to live and work with mild weather nearly year-round. If you are interested in North Carolina railroad jobs the state is home to Class Is, CSX Transportation and Norfolk, along with Amtrak operating extensive regional services throughout the state. While the large railroads make up more than 75% of North Carolina's current trackage the state is also home to nearly two-dozen short lines. Today, the Tarheel State offers a wide variety of originated freight from minerals and chemicals to timber and food products.
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.
On a related topic, 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). I have not heard how successful these programs are but the fact that most Class Is have now implemented them and continue to offer the programs most likely means they are at least somewhat useful.
(Also, to search for North Carolina railroad jobs directly please use the below search box from Indeed.com.)
Class I Railroads
Norfolk Southern Railway
Short Lines Railroads
Some of the short line railroads listed below are subsidiaries of one of the following companies. To learn more about employment opportunities with them please visit their website:
Genesee & Wyoming
Gulf & Ohio Railways, Inc.
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. To contact them about job opportunities please click here.
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. To contact the railroad concerning job opportunities please click here.
Carolina Southern Railroad: This railroad, located between Whiteville, North Carolina and Conway, South Carolina operates nearly 100 miles of track formerly owned by CSX. To contact the railroad concerning employment please click here.
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.
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
Check out the website's digital book (E-book), An Atlas To Classic Short Lines, which features system maps and a brief background of 46 different historic railroads. To learn more please click on the image below.