A career in the railroad is certainly something which I would
recommend taking your time to research beforehand, particularly if you
are not all that familiar with the industry. Working
for a Class I in the fields of transportation or maintenance offers
excellent pay, retirement, and benefits. However, it requires
incredibly long hours, on-call whenever you are needed, and a schedule
that is completely unpredictable. As such, some realize it's not for
them as it's very difficult trying to juggle a family life while
constantly being out on the road. If you are lucky enough to hire on
with a smaller railroad this may be the way to go if you truly want to
work in the industry. While the pay not be quite as good the hours and
schedule are usually much more predictable (for instance, many
shortlines only operate Monday through Friday). Please be aware that while I
try to make sure everything listed below is completely updated I cannot
100% guarantee that this is always the case. Finally, if you are
attending college and looking for
an internship or graduate program in the field of business during the
summer months please check out the career pages of the Class Is, many offer such.
Short Lines And Regionals
Caney Fork & Western Railroad: The CF&W, owned by
Ironhorse Resources, Inc., is shortline connecting Tullahoma (where it
has a connection with CSX) with Sparta, a distance of about 61 miles.
Chattanooga & Chickamauga Railway: The C&C is part of
Genesee & Wyoming's vast collection of shortlines and operates
between Berryton Georgia and Chattanooga, on a system that stretches
about 50 miles.
East Chattanooga Belt Railway: This terminal/switching railroad
serves the local area of Chattanooga owns about 4 miles of track. The
railroad is operated by the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum.
|CSX/Seaboard U36B #5736 and a mate sit at the fuel racks in Knoxville on May 23, 1987.|
East Tennessee Railway: Another Genesee & Wyoming property
this shortline operates a 14-mile section of line between Johnson City
Heritage Railroad: This small shortline is owned by Energy
Solutions, LLC and operates about a 12-mile section of railroad near
Blair serving local industries.
Knoxville & Holston River Railroad: This short line is one of Gulf
& Ohio's family of railroads, operating about 20 miles of trackage
near Knoxville where it connects with both NS and CSX.
Kentucky West Tennessee Railway: The KWT Railway, a G&W subsidiary operates two
unconnected section of track, totaling just about 70 miles, in
northwestern Tennessee that also reaches Murray, Kentucky.
Mississippi Central Railroad: This short line is one of Pioneer
Rail Corporation's railroads, operating mostly in northern Mississippi
but also reaches Grand Junction, Tennessee.
Nashville & Eastern Railroad: The NERR began operations in
the mid-1980s and today operates about 130 miles of track between
Nashville and Monterey. The railroad also hosts occasional excursion trains as well as the recently started Music City Star, a commuter train serving Nashville.
Nashville & Western Railroad: The Nashville & Western is
owned and operated by the Nashville & Eastern.
R.J. Corman Railroad: RJ Corman operates several rail-related
businesses, including shortlines in a number of eastern states. One of
these is the Tennessee Terminal which operates between Memphis,
Tennessee and Olive Branch, Mississippi.
Sequatchie Valley Railroad: This shortline operates between
Bridgeport, Alabama and Jasper, Tennessee. To contact the railroad; P.
O. Box 296, Bell Buckle, Tennessee 37020-0296.
South Central Tennessee Railroad: For contact information; P. O. Box 259, Centerville, Tennessee 37033.
Tennessee Southern Railroad: This railroad is owned by the
Patriot Rail Corporation and operates nearly 150 miles of track between
Columbia and Pulaski, and also reaches Florence, Alabama.
Tennken Railroad: For contact information; 1200 Cherry Street, Dyersburg, Tennessee 38024-4135.
|Norfolk Southern GP59 #4615 and a pair of SD40-2s pass through the interlocking at Chattanooga with a heavy coal drag on September 26, 1993.|
Walking Horse & Eastern Railroad: This eight-mile shortline
serves the communities of Shelbyville and Wartrace with an interchange
to CSX. To contact the railroad; 559 Minkslide Road, Shelbyville,
West Tennessee Railroad: The West Tennessee Railroad dates back
to 1984 operating ex-Illinois Central Gulf trackage between Corinth,
Mississippi and Fulton, Kentucky that reaches into western Tennessee.
The railroad is headquartered in Jackson. To contact them; 1061 James
Buchanan Drive, Jackson, Tennessee 38301.