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. To learn more about these simply check
out their career pages listed below. Finally, I try to strive for
accuracy regarding the information presented here but I cannot guarantee
that it is always up-to-date.
Short Lines And Regionals
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.
|Numerous four and six-axle Burlington Northern EMD units mingle at the service tracks in Portland on April 9, 1981.|
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.
City of Prineville Railway: Dating back to the early 20th
century, this short line operates about 18 miles of railroad between
Prineville and Redmond.
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
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.
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.
|Albany & Eastern GP38-3 #2002 totes three boxcars through a rural grade crossing near Lyons, Oregon on June 22, 2010. The Geep began its career as Illinois Central GP38AC #9511 in 1970.|
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.