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
short lines. The state's traffic base is well diversified from coal and
timber products to metals and chemicals. I
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. Also, 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.
(Lastly, to search for South Carolina railroad jobs directly please use the below search box from Indeed.com.)
Class I Railroads
Norfolk Southern Railway
Short Line Railroads
Some of the short line railroads listed below are
subsidiaries of the Genesee & Wyoming.
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.
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. To contact them concerning employment please visit their website.
East Cooper & Berkeley Railroad: This shortline operates
about 17 miles of track and runs between State Junction and Charity
Church with a connection to CSX. To contact them; 540 East Bay Street,
Charleston, South Carolina 29403.
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 click here to contact the WCRS for information regarding employment opportunities.
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.
Pee Dee River Railway: This railroad is owned by the Aberdeen & Rockfish, a shortline located in North Carolina. It operates 15 miles of railroad between McColl and Bennettsville. To inquire about employment please visit the A&R's website.
Pickens Railway: This historic shortline dates back to 1898 and today operates ten miles between Easley and Pickens with an additional 29 mile line between Anderson and Honea Path.
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 connects directly with CSX and Norfolk Southern. To contact the railroad; 540 East Bay Street, Charleston, South Carolina 29403.
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. To contact the railroad; 542 East Bay
Street, Charleston, South Carolina 29403.
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
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.