Oregon has never been home to a large number of railroads, at its peak it only featured a little over 3,000 miles of track and today the state still has well over 2,000 miles. If you are interested in Oregon railroad jobs both of large western Class Is, BNSF Railway and Union Pacific, operate nearly 1,500 miles of track there. Additionally, Class IIs Central Oregon & Pacific and Portland & Western operate nearly 1,000 miles with several Class III, short lines making up the rest (just under 500 miles). Given Oregon's rich timber reserves it's probably not surprising that wood products make up nearly 65% of the state's originated freight traffic. A career in railroading can be difficult enough but add to this Oregon's wet, rainy, and snowy weather and it only adds to the difficulty. It is certainly an industry which requires a special breed to do the most difficult jobs such as operating the trains themselves and maintaining the track and infrastructure.
To enjoy this
type of work you must enjoy the outdoors, be at least somewhat
physically fit, and able to endure long hours away from home and family
(often without knowing when you will next receive a day off).
Typically, these long hours occur on the large Class I railroads, which
while demanding long work schedules offer incredible pay, benefits and retirement. Also, if you are attending college
you may want to check into some of the summer programs Class Is have
available such as internships.
(Also, to search for Oregon railroad jobs directly please use the below search box from Indeed.com.)
Class I Railroads
Short Line And Regional Railroads
Some of the regional and short line railroads listed below are
subsidiaries of one of the following companies.
Genesee & Wyoming
Watco Companies, LLC
Central Oregon & Pacific Railroad: The CO&P is owned
by Genesee & Wyoming, operating nearly 400 miles of trackage in eastern Oregon, which stretches
into northern California (all of which was originally owned by Southern
Portland & Western Railroad: This regional, owned by Genesee
& Wyoming (another company which owns a large number of railroads)
operates throughout much of northeastern Oregon on a system more than
500 miles in length connecting such cities as Portland, Eugene, Salem,
Albany, and many others.
Albany & Eastern Railroad: This railroad began operations in the late 1990s when it took over a former BNSF Railway branch, which was about 50 miles in length. To contact the railroad about employment please click here to visit their website.
City of Prineville Railway: Dating back to the early 20th century, this short line operates about 18 miles of railroad between Prineville and Redmond. To inquire about openings please click here to visit their website.
Hampton Railway: This small shortline operates between Fort Hill
and Willamina, Oregon. To contact them; 9600 Southwest Barnes Road,
Suite 200, Portland, Oregon 97225.
Idaho, Northern & Pacific Railroad: The IN&P is a Rio
Grande Pacific Corporation operating more than 200 miles of ex-Union
Pacific property northeastern Oregon and southwestern Idaho.
Klamath Northern Railway: This small shortline dates back to 1940 and
operates just under 11 miles of railroad between Gilchrist Junction and
Gilchrist, Oregon (the property was originally a private logging line).
To contact the railroad; #1 Sawmill Road, P. O. Box 638, Gilchrist,
Lake County Railroad: This 55-mile shortline is mostly
timber-based and operates between Alturas, California and Lakeview,
Oregon. To contact the railroad; 513 Center Street, Lakeview, Oregon
Oregon Pacific Railroad: The Oregon Pacific Railroad dates back to 1991 to take over the historic Portland Traction Company property located in East Portland. The terminal railroad continues to prosper 20 years later. To contact them about employment please click here to visit their website.
Palouse River & Coulee City Railroad: This shortline is
another Watco property, operating more than 200 miles of unconnected
railroad in northeastern Oregon, southeastern Washington, and western
Peninsula Terminal Company: This terminal railroad dates back to the early 20th century serving North Portland on just 2 miles of track. To contact the railroad about potential job opportunities please click here to visit their website.
Port of Tillamook Bay Railroad: Owned by the Port of Tillamook Bay to serve the area's local industries on an ex-Southern Pacific branch line that today includes 101 miles of track (including spurs). Unfortunately, heavy rains in late 2007 mothballed part of the route, which likely will not be rebuilt.
Portland Terminal Railroad: Another terminal railroad that serves Portland it is jointly owned by BNSF and UP.
Wallowa Union Railroad: This short line is owned by the local counties of Union and Wallowa and operates 63 miles of a former Union Pacific branch. The railroad also operates excursion trains for the public in the spring, summer, and early fall.
Rogue Valley Terminal Railroad Corporation: This 14-mile shortline owned by RailServe, Inc. operating near White City, Oregon. For contact information: 2095 Avenue F, White City, Oregon 97503.
Willamette & Pacific Railroad: This railroad is operated by
the Portland & Western, a Genesee & Wyoming property.
Willamette Valley Railway: This small shortline operates about 30 miles of former Southern Pacific trackage between Geer and East Salem, Oregon. To contact them; P. O. Box 917, McMinnville, Oregon 97128.
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.