is one of those careers that either becomes a part of you or does not,
and for good reason. Railroaders often say that the job is a lifestyle
due to the long hours it requires, as one is constantly away from home.
Of course, the railroads on which this occurs, Class Is, offer
excellent compensation in return. However, it ultimately boils down to a
decision. For you, are the long hours and good pay worth the time away
from home and family? For some folks it is while others decide it is
not. In the end, again, it's something you will have to decided for
Lastly, I cannot
guarantee that the information listed here is completely up-to-date and
accurate although it is to the best of my knowledge. Finally, if you
are a college student or plan
to attend with an interest in the field of business (such as
management, accounting, or economics) consider checking out the summer
programs some Class Is have available, which include graduate and
internship studies (some also offer scholarships). Please note, while many railroads do have websites or web pages, they are not included here. However, by doing a quick search you can find their site on the web.
Dakota, Missouri Valley & Western Railroad: The DMV&W
began operation in 1990 and today operates about 89 miles of its own
trackage and leases another 435 from Canadian Pacific. Overall, it
stretches from north of Bismark all of the way south to Aberdeen, South
Dakota. The company also operates an unconnected section of line in
northwestern North Dakota. For information regarding employment please visit their website.
|Milwaukee Road GP20s #988 and #958 sandwich a pair of SD10s at Latta Yard in Jasonville, Indiana on July 26, 1980. All four units are company rebuilds from GP9s and SD9s.|
Dakota Northern Railroad: This short line carrier began operation
only in the mid-2000s and operates more than 70 miles of trackage in
northeastern North Dakota (leased from BNSF Railway) although it is
headquartered in Crookston, Minnesota. To contact the railroad; 28997
255th Avenue Southwest, Crookston, Minnesota 56716.
Northern Plains Railroad: This large short line, which debuted in
1997, operates nearly 400 miles of track in northern North Dakota and
northeastern Minnesota. It also operates an unconnected line serving
the region around Langsford. Please visit the company's website regarding job openings and opportunities.
|Numerous Burlington Northern units are seen here at Northtown Yard in Minneapolis, including early first generation F7s, on May 24, 1980.|
Red River Valley & Western Railroad: The RRV&W began
operations in the late 1980s after it purchased former Burlington
Northern trackage in Minnesota and North Dakota. Today, the railroad
operates more than 500 miles of track. The independently-owned system maintains its own website and can be contacted there.
Yellowstone Valley Railroad: This shortline is owned by the
Watco Companies and operates more than 170 miles leased from BNSF
Railway. The line is mostly located in northeastern Montana stretching
from Glendive, north to Scobey, Montana. However, it briefly enters
North Dakota at Dore. Please visit Watco's main website regarding openings and possible careers.