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
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.
|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.
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.
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.
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.
|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. 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