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.
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. 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.
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. Please visit Watco's website regarding careers with the company.
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. The independently-owned system maintains its own website.
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
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; 505 West Main Street, Watonga, Oklahoma 73772.
Blackwell Northern Gateway Railroad: This privately-owned
short line, which maintains its own website, 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 short line 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. Please contact The Western Group regarding employment opportunities.
Farmrail: As its name implies, this short line 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. It maintains its own website where contact information can be found.
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.
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. It is currently a division of OmniTRAX via a holding company. Please visit their website to learn more about employment and potential openings.
Stillwater Central Railroad: Another Watco property this large
shortline operates more than 275 miles of track between Tulsa, Duke,
Pawnee, and Stillwater.
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 (visit their website to learn more about careers with the company). Currently the railroad owns about 87 miles of track.
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.
Tulsa-Sapulpa Union Railway: Another of Oklahoma's historic
railroads, the Tulsa-Sapulpa Union connects its namesake cities and
dates back to 1907. It remains independently owned and information regarding job openings may be found at their website.
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. Please visit their website to learn more about job opportunities.