Despite the fact that South Carolina has lost about 1,600 miles of
railroad since its peak in the 1920s the state is still home to more
than 2,000 miles of trackage and its Port of Charleston remains an
important intermodal artery that still sees rail service. If you are
interested in South Carolina railroad jobs
both eastern Class Is CSX and Norfolk Southern operate there (they make
up nearly 87% of all operating trackage today) along with handful of
shortlines. The state's traffic base is well diversified from coal and
timber products to metals and chemicals. To search for South Carolina railroad jobs directly please use the below search box from Indeed.com.
A trio of Lancaster & Chester GP38-2s led by #3820 roll through a rural grade crossing at Richburg, South Carolina with eastbound freight #16 on January 22, 2009.
have heard it often spoken by railroaders that a career in the industry
is as much a lifestyle as it is a job because it demands such long
hours and one is rarely ever home. Some who are railroaders claim they
are not railfans and do not have much interest in the industry outside
of it being their hobby. However, I think that you have to at least
enjoy railroading a little to have a career that requires so much of
your time. Because of this I would certainly take the time to decide if
being a career railroader is something that you truly want to do. Of
note, while smaller railroads do offer a better work schedule they, of
course, cannot equal the level of pay that Class Is offer.
In any event, if you are in college
and are looking for an internship or summer position, especially if you
are majoring in business, you might want to check out the programs some
Class Is have to offer. Finally, I try to make sure the information presented
here is completely accurate although I cannot always 100% guarantee
such. 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.
Carolina Piedmont Railroad: This railroad is another of Genesee & Wyoming's large family of shortlines. It operates between East
Greenville and Laurens, where it interchanges traffic with CSX. Please visit G&W's main website for information regarding careers with the company.
Numerous Geeps and other equipment are seen here at the Carolina Piedmont Railroad's shops in Laurens, South Carolina on October 7, 2006.
Carolina Southern Railroad: The Carolina Southern Railroad began
operations in 1995 running between Mullins and Myrtle Beach, and also
reaching into North Carolina at Whiteville and Chadbourn. Overall, the
railroad owns almost 100 miles of track. It is currently out-of-service, awaiting funding to restore sections of the right-of-way.
East Cooper & Berkeley Railroad: This short line operates
about 17 miles of track and runs between State Junction and Charity
Church with a connection to CSX. It is a division of Palmetto Railways, owned by the South Carolina Department of Commerce. Please visit the department's website for contact information.
Greenville & Western Railway: This short line is owned by the
Western Carolina Railway Service Corporation and operates right around
13 miles of track in Anderson County. Please visit the WCRS's website for contact and employment information.
Hampton & Branchville Railroad: This historic shortline operates
about 40 miles of track and dates back to the late 19th century. Today
the railroad serves the counties of Hampton and Colleton. To contact
the company; 100 Mill Street, P.O. Box 56, Hampton, South Carolina
Lancaster & Chester Railway: The historic Lancaster &
Chester Railway, also known as the "Springmaid Line" dates back to
1896. Today, it operates about a 30-mile system serving the counties of
Lancaster and Chester. For information regarding job opportunities visit the L&C's main website.
Pee Dee River Railway: This railroad is owned by the Aberdeen
& Rockfish, a short line located in North Carolina. It operates 15
miles of railroad between McColl and Bennettsville. Visit the A&R's website for information regarding job openings.
Pickens Railway: This historic shortline dates back to 1898, originally operating 9 miles between Easley and Pickens with an additional
29 mile line between Anderson and Honea Path acquired during the 1990s. Today, only the latter section remains in service. Please visit the Pickens' main website for contact information.
Port Terminal Railroad of South Carolina: Based in the port city
of Charleston this terminal railroad operates 10 miles of track serving
both the port and nearby industries. It is a division of Palmetto Railways, owned by the South Carolina Department of Commerce. Please visit the department's website for contact information.
Norfolk Southern C40-9W #9374 and a former Conrail C40-8W pull a heavy load of aggregates southbound near Jonesville, South Carolina on November 10, 2007.
Port Utilities Commission of Charleston: This terminal railroad
directly serves the Port of Charleston, operating 10 miles of track that
connects with both NS and CSX. It is a division of Palmetto Railways, owned by the South Carolina Department of Commerce. Please visit the department's website for contact information.
South Carolina Central Railroad: This shortline is another of G&W's properties, operating 120 miles of unconnected rail lines
serving communities such as Florence, Cheraw, Society Hill, and
Bishopville. Please visit the Genesee & Wyoming website for career information.