If you live in Pennsylvania and are interested in a job on the
you are certainly blessed with the number of companies that operate
within the state. However, if you are not very familiar with the
industry it would definitely be worth taking the time to learn much more
about it before deciding. I was interested in being a railroader
myself until I learned just how much time one is required to be out on
the road and away from family. Because of this many railroaders say it
is as much a lifestyle as it is a job. Typically, it is Class I
railroads that demand such long hours. However, there are plenty of
benefits including a nearly unmatched level of pay (some engineers, for
instance, earn a six-digit salary in a single year) and excellent
retirement. Please be aware, that while I
try my best to keep everything completely updated I cannot fully
guarantee that there are no mistakes with the information presented
below. Finally, if you are attending college
and are looking for internships or graduate work during the summer
months you may want to check out the career pages of the Class Is as some offer such programs.
Short Lines And Regionals
Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad: The Buffalo &
Pittsburgh Railroad is a nearly 370-mile regional operating in western
Pennsylvania that connects to Buffalo, New York. The company is
currently owned by Genesee & Wyoming, which operates a large number
of small railroads.
New York, Susquehanna & Western Railway: The historic
NYS&W (also known as the "Susie-Q") dates back to 1881 and is almost
entirely located in New York and New Jersey although it does have a
minor presence in northeastern Pennsylvania along the New York/PA
border. Overall the regional operates more than 400 miles of track
Reading, Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad (Reading &
Northern Railroad): This regional has been in operation since 1983
operating former Reading and Lehigh Valley trackage along a main line
that stretches from Reading to Pittston. The railroad also operates
numerous coal branches and during the summer months provides excursion
services for the public.
|Conrail's terminal in Altoona, Pennsylvania is seen here on a winter afternoon in late February of 1994 as SD40-2 #6372 leads a mixed freight through the yard.|
Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway: The historic W&LE dates
back to the early 1870s serving northern Ohio and western Pennsylvania
with the Lake Erie ports. However, while the original company was
dissolved in 1989 it was restarted anew in 1990 operating trackage
spun-off by Norfolk Southern that included most of the original
W&LE; Akron, Canton & Youngstown; and Pittsburgh & West
Virginia stretching from Connellsville, Pennsylvania to Toledo and Lima,
Ohio (via trackage rights).
Aliquippa & Ohio River Railroad: The A&OR is another
railroad owned by Genesee & Wyoming operating just a short stretch
of track (six miles) north of Pittsburgh with a connection to CSX.
Allegheny Valley Railroad: This railroad is owned by Carload
Express, Inc. and began operations in 1992 serving Washington,
Pennsylvania with areas just northeast of Pittsburgh. In total the
railroad operates about 70 miles of track connecting with both Class Is
in the area, Norfolk Southern and CSX, as well as regionals Buffalo
& Pittsburgh and Wheeling & Lake Erie.
Belvidere & Delaware River Railway: This shortline is
operated by the Black River Railroad and is mostly located in New Jersey
although it does reach Easton, Pennsylvania.
Brandywine Valley Railroad: This switching railroad is currently
owned by Mittal Steel and dates back to the early 1980s operating
trackage between Coatesville and Modena. To inquire about job openings;
50 South 1st Avenue, Coatesville, Pennsylvania 19320-3418.
Central New York Railroad: The Central New York Railroad
operates about 123 miles of track between Binghamton and Port Jervis,
New York with 50 of those miles located within Pennsylvania.
Chestnut Ridge Railroad: For contact information; 900 Delaware Avenue, Palmerton, Pennsyvlania 18071-2008.
Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad: The DL is operated by Genesee
Valley Transportation and owns close to 90 miles of railroad in
northeastern Pennsylvania. The railroad is famous among railfans for
its use of historic Alco diesel locomotives.
East Erie Commercial Railroad: To contact this shortline; 1030 Lawrence Parkway, Erie, Pennsylvania 16511.
East Penn Railroad: The East Penn Railroad operates more than
100 miles of unconnected track north and west of Philadelphia.
Everett Railroad: Along with its subsidiary, the Hollidaysburg
& Roaring Spring Railroad this shortline operates about 23 miles of
ex-Pennsylvania Railroad track serving such communities as Claysburg,
Duncansville, Hollidaysburg, Martinsburg, and Roaring Spring. The
railroad also provides excursion services for the public during the
spring, summer, and fall.
Gettysburg & Northern Railroad: The Gettysburg &
Northern is owned by the Pioneer Rail Corporation and operates a 25-mile
railroad between Gettysburg and Mt. Holly Springs.
Hollidaysburg & Roaring Spring Railroad: A subsidiary of the Everett Railroad, please visit their website listed above.
Juniata Valley Railroad: This railroad, owned by the North Shore
Railroad Company, began operations in 1996 and owns 11 miles of track
(originally PRR) between Lewistown, Burnham, and Maitland.
Kasgro Rail Lines: To inquire about job openings please visit their website.
Kiski Junction Railroad: This shortline and tourist railroad
began operations in 1995 on former PRR trackage near the city of
Landisville Terminal & Transfer Company: This small terminal
railroad owns about two miles of track near the town of Landisville
with a connection to Norfolk Southern.
Luzerne & Susquehanna Railway: This short line began operations in
1994 and owns more than 60 miles of track between Wilkes Barre and
Lycoming Valley Railroad: Another property owned by the North
Shore Railroad Company, the LV operates between Muncy and Avis with two
connections to Norfolk Southern. T
Maryland Midland Railway: Today the Maryland Midland Railway is a
Genesee & Wyoming shortline operating 70 miles of railroad mostly
located in Maryland but also reaching just south of the Pennsylvania
border at Highfield, Maryland.
Middletown & Hummelstown Railroad: This popular excursion
railroad also operates freight service on 11 miles of railroad
connecting its namesake towns.
Mount Union Connecting Railroad: Owned by the folks at East
Broad Top Railroad (currently a tourist-only railroad), they plan to
reactive some of the former EBT track for shortline/terminal service but
to-date I do not believe operations have commenced.
New Castle Industrial Railroad: This terminal railroad serves
the industries around New Castle, Pennsylvania with connections to CSX
and regional Buffalo & Pittsburgh. To contact them; 702 Moravia
Street, New Castle, Pennsylvania 16101-3948.
Nittany & Bald Eagle Railroad: The N&BE is another North
Shore railroad operating between Tyrone (near Altoona) and Lock Haven
as well as a branch serving Pleasant Gap and State College. Overall the
railroad operates about 70 miles of track and has multiple connections
to Norfolk Southern.
North Shore Railroad: The North Shore Railroad owns a number of
other shortlines but its main railroad connects Northumberland with
Beach Haven, covering about 43 miles of track.
Pennsylvania & Southern Railway: This shortline is owned by
the Raritan Central Railroad and operates terminal service near
Pennsylvania Southwestern Railroad: This shortline is a Watco
Companies property operating right around Midland serving location
industries with a connection to NS.
Philadelphia Belt Line Railroad: This small terminal railroad
operates just over 2 miles of track along Philadelphia's waterfront
serving local industries. To contact the company; 601 Walnut Street,
Suite 410W, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106.
Pittsburgh, Allegheny & McKees Rocks Railroad: The PAM as it
is known serves industries near McKees. To contact the railroad; 1A
Nichol Avenue, McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania 15136-2625.
Pittsburgh & Ohio Central Railroad: Another of Genesee &
Wyoming's shortlines, the P&OC serves the communities located just
west of Pittsburgh along a 35-mile system.
R.J. Corman Railroad: RJ Corman is a multifaceted railroad
business that operates numerous shortlines in Kentucky, Tennessee,
Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
Shamokin Valley Railroad: Another of North Shore's railroads,
this shortline operates between Northumberland and Mt. Carmel Junction
connecting with both Norfolk Southern and the Reading & Northern.
SMS Rail Service: SMS Rail Lines offers shortline rail service
to locations in New York, New Jersey, and eastern Pennsylvania
(operating around the Philadelphia area).
Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad: This railroad is owned by
Carload Express and began operations in 1995 using 60 miles of trackage
between Uniontown and an interchange with Norfolk Southern north of
Stourbridge Railroad: This shortline operates about 24 miles of
track between Honesdale and Lackawaxen Township with a connection to
Norfolk Southern located there. The railroad is also well known for its
excursion services available to the public during warmer weather.
Turtle Creek Industrial Railroad: This small railroad operates
between Pittsburgh and Export on 11 miles of track serving local
industries. To contact them; 2658 Puckety Drive, Export, Pennsylvania
Tyburn Railroad: To contact this shortline which operates around
the Morrisville area; 1535 South Pennsylvania Avenue, Morrisville,
Union Railroad: This historic shortline has been in operation
since 1896 and is currently owned by Transtar.
Union County Industrial Railroad: This short line is yet another
property owned by North Shore operating between Allenwood and Windfield
with a connection to NS at Milto.
Wellsboro & Corning Railroad: The Wellsboro & Corning
Railroad connects its namesake cities operating between Corning, New
York (where it interchange with CP and NS) and Wellsboro, Pennsylvania
on a 35-mile line.
|Wheeling & Lake Erie SD40-3 #3016 and SD40 #3068 sit at Connellsville with a grain train on the evening of March 1, 2004.|
Western New York & Pennsylvania Railroad: The WNY&P
began operations in 2001 and operates well over 300 miles of track in
northwestern Pennsylvania and western New York. It is currently owned
by the Livonia, Avon & Lakeville, a nearby shortline itself.
York Railway: Today, the York Railway is operated by the Genesee
& Wyoming although its history dates back to the famous little
Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad (the Ma & Pa). The railroad
currently operates about 42 miles of track.
Youngstown & Southeastern Railroad: This railroad is owned
by the Indiana Boxcar Corporation and began operations in 2006 between
Youngstown, Ohio and Darlington, Pennsylvania with connections to both
CSX and NS.