Oklahoma Railroad Jobs

While Oklahoma has lost about 3,000 of its peak rail mileage (which occurred in the 1920s), today it still boasts nearly 4,000 miles. If you are interested in Oklahoma railroad jobs the state is home to three of the seven Class Is (Kansas City Southern, Union Pacific, and BNSF Railway), one Class II (South Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad), and more than a dozen, Class III shortlines (which themselves make up nearly 33% of Oklahoma's current rail mileage). Interestingly, despite the state being known for its agriculture, farming makes up only 10% of originated freight for railroads as chemicals and non-metallic minerals derive the majority (68%).  To search for Oklahoma railroad jobs directly please use the below search box from Indeed.com.

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Farmrail GP10s sit a the railroad's main shops in Clinton, Oklahoma on the evening of July 18, 2003.

Please understand that a career as a railroader is something not everyone can handle. Working in the industry requires one to be able to cope with criticism well and, especially in the case of operating the trains themselves, an ability to deal with stress. This, of course, doesn't even include the constant fatigue issues and long hours away from home one must also deal with. If you are lucky enough to hire on with a smaller railroad, such as a shortline or regional, given their smaller size the hours and schedule will probably a little more predictable. However, they cannot match the pay that Class Is offer (which is partly just due to all of the hours you work).  In the end you will need to make the decision yourself on whether being a railroader is truly a career you are interested.

Short Lines And Regionals

South Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad: The SK&O is owned by the Watco Companies (which owns a large number of small railroads), and operates more than 400 miles of track (originally Missouri Pacific) north of Tulsa through southeastern Kansas, and into Liberal, Missouri.

It's a quiet evening at the Katy shops in Parsons, Kansas as GP40 #176 and SD40-2 #617 rest for the night on September 17, 1983.

Arkansas-Oklahoma Railroad (A-OK Railroad): This railroad began operations in 1996 over former Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Rock Island) trackage east of Oklahoma City. Overall, they own just over 70 miles of railroad.

Arkansas Southern Railroad: Another short line owned by Watco, this railroad operates over 60 miles of branchline trackage between Ashdown and Nashville, Arkansas and between Heavener, Oklahoma and Waldron, Arkansas.

AT&L Railroad: Owned by the Wheeler Brothers Grain Company, this railroad, started in 1985, operates about 50 miles of former Rock Island grain branch. To contact the AT&L; P. O. Box 29, Watonga, Oklahoma 73772.

Blackwell Northern Gateway Railroad: This privately-owned shortline operates just over 35 miles of track Blackwell, Oklahoma and Hunnewell, Kansas which is owned by the state of Oklahoma. The railroad has interchange connections with both BNSF and UP.

Cimarron Valley Railroad: This shortline has been in operation since 1996 and is owned by the Western Group. It currently operates nearly 250 miles of track (originally owned by the Santa Fe) from Dodge City, Kansas to Boise City, Oklahoma and Pritchett, Colorado.

Farmrail: As its name implies, this shortline serves agricultural interests in western Oklahoma connecting such towns as Clinton, Weatherford, Erick, and Elmer. The railroad also runs excursion trains for the public during the summer months. 

Grainbelt: This shortline is also operated by Farmrail and connects Enid (where it interchanges with the Union Pacific and BNSF Railway) with Frederick. For contact information please visit Farmrail's site listed above.

Hollis & Eastern Railroad: The H&E dates back to the late 1950s when local business owners took over trackage owned by the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad. Today, the railroad is owned by Eagle Materials, Inc. and operates about 13 miles of trackage. To contact the company; P. O. Drawer C, Duke, Oklahoma 73532.

Kiamichi Railroad: The Kiamichi Railroad is owned by Genesee & Wyoming, and operates more than 260 miles of track between Hope, Arkansas and Lakeside, Oklahoma with branches reaching Antlers as well as Paris, Texas.

Northwestern Oklahoma Railroad: This railroad is based in Woodward, Oklahoma. For contact information; 923 12th Street, Woodward, Oklahoma 73801-2600.

Sand Springs Railway: The historic Sand Springs Railway dates back to 1911 and was once an interurban and electrically powered although it switched to diesel locomotives in 1955. Today, the railroad is owned by Gerdau Ameristeel and still operates between Sand Springs and Tulsa, its original main line. To contact the railroad; 1650 South 81 West Avenue, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74127-4833.

Stillwater Central Railroad: Another Watco property this large shortline operates more than 275 miles of track between Tulsa, Duke, Pawnee, and Stillwater.


Santa Fe GP60M #119, Burlington Northern SD40-2 #6778, and a BNSF C44-9W power a southbound mixed freight through a rural grade crossing and past a local grain elevator at Newkirk, Oklahoma on July 20, 2003.

Texas, Oklahoma & Eastern Railroad: The TO&E is a historic shortline dating back to 1910. Today, the railroad operates between Valliant, Oklahoma and De Queen, Arkansas, where it is headquartered and is owned by Patriot Rail Corporation. Currently the railroad owns about 87 miles of track.

Tulsa-Sapulpa Union Railway: Another of Oklahoma's historic railroads, the Tulsa-Sapulpa Union connects its namesake cities and dates back to 1907.

Wichita, Tillman & Jackson Railway: The WT&J is currently owned by the Rio Grande Pacific Corporation, running on trackage in Texas and Oklahoma once owned by the Rock Island and Union Pacific.

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