Despite its location, the Peace Garden State is home to more railroads than you may realize. If you are interested in North Dakota railroad jobs, Class Is BNSF Railway and Canadian Pacific both operate there along with three Class IIs (Dakota, Missouri Valley, & Western; Northern Plains Railroad; and the Red River Valley & Western) and a handful of Class III, short lines. While the large railroads make up better than two-thirds of the state's total trackage today, North Dakota still has more than 3,500 miles in operation. Given its location the state's originating rail freight remain heavily involved in agricultural. However, in recent years the state has experienced a rapid boom in oil and petroleum thanks to the Bakken formation, which is sure to boost the state's economy for years to come. Railroading 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 yourself. 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).
(Also, to search for North Dakota railroad jobs directly please use the below search box from Indeed.com.)
Class I Railroads
Canadian Pacific Railway
Shortline, Class III Railroads
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.
Dakota Northern Railroad: This shortline 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. Phone 218-281-4704.
Mohall Central Railroad: Owned by the Northern Plains Railroad (another shortline), this railroad operates former BNSF trackage in northern North Dakota and Minnesota. For contact information regarding employment please visit the Northern Plains' website listed below.
Northern Plains Railroad: This large shortline, 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.
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.
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.