While the state's terrain is quite rugged being in the heart of
Appalachia Tennessee was blessed with a sound railroad system given that
so many large cities popped up within its borders such as Memphis,
Nashville, Chattanooga and Knoxville. While the state has lost nearly
1,500 miles from its peak network of just over 4,500 miles Tennessee is
still plays a vital role for the indusry. If you are interested in
Tennessee railroad jobs the state
is home to six of the seven Class Is (four of which only reach Memphis
including the Kansas City Southern Railway, Union Pacific, BNSF Railway,
and Canadian National) and more than a dozen shortlines. Despite its
location in Appalachia, coal is not a major producer of originated
freight tonnage for Tennessee. Instead, it is quite diversified from
chemicals and timber products to food
and intermodal. To search for Tennessee jobs directly please use the below search box from Indeed.com.
It's the early Norfolk Southern era but Southern power still dominates the yard at Chattanooga in this scene during August of 1984.
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. 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.
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. It is owned by Ironhorse Resources. Please visit their website for career information.
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. Please visit G&W's primary website for job information.
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. For possible job opportunities please visit the museum's website.
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 short line operates a 14-mile section of line between Johnson City
Franklin Industrial Railroad: This small carrier operates nearly 16 miles of track between Crab Orchard and Harriman Junction at Rockwood. The railroad began service in 2001. Address: 10583 Highway 70 East, Crab Orchard, Tennessee 37223.
Heritage Railroad: This small short line is owned by Energy
Solutions, LLC and operates about a 12-mile section of railroad near
Blair serving local industries. Please visit Energy Solutions' website regarding employment.
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. Please visit the Gulf & Ohio website for job openings and related information.
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. Please visit Pioneer Rail's website for all information relating to employment with the company.
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. They maintain their own website and may be contacted there regarding employment.
Nashville & Western Railroad: The Nashville & Western is
owned and operated by the Nashville & Eastern.
RJ Corman Railroad - Tennessee Terminal: RJ Corman operates several rail-related
businesses, including short lines in a number of eastern states. One of
these is the Tennessee Terminal which operates between Memphis,
Tennessee and Olive Branch, Mississippi. Please visit RJ Corman's website for job information.
Sequatchie Valley Railroad: This short line operates between
Bridgeport, Alabama and Jasper, Tennessee. It handles a few thousand carloads annually. To contact the railroad; 109 Second Street, South Pittsburg, Tennessee 37382.
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. Please visit Patriot Rail's website for career information.
Tennken Railroad: The Tennken began service in 1983 when local governments in Kentucky rescued the former Illinois Central Gulf main line between Dyersburg, Tennessee and Hickman, Kentucky that was slated for abandonment in 1981. The trackage is about 51 miles in length. Address: 1200 East Cherry Street, Dyersburg, Tennessee 38024.
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; P.O. Box 1317, Shelbyville, Tennesee 37162.
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.