Everything in Texas is big, and so are its railroads. If you are interested in Texas railroad jobs the state is home to more than 12,000 miles of rails owned just by Class Is Union Pacific, BNSF Railway, and Kansas City Southern. Additionally, Class IIs Texas Northeastern Railroad and Texas Pacifico Transportation make up another 1,000+ miles while dozens of Class III, shortlines operate another 1,500+ miles. Because of the state's location along the Gulf Coast, chemicals make up the majority of its freight traffic (34%) while the rest broken down amongst several different commodities such as petroleum, food, and non-metallic minerals. To learn more about the state's traffic base and the railroads that operate there please click here.
If you are interested in working in the railroad industry, today there are a wide variety of jobs available from train mechanics and track maintainers to positions of management such as roadmaster and road foreman (and on up the chain). However, if you are looking to enter the transportation field on a Class I system (this includes positions like engineer and conductor) please be aware that you will be working incredibly long hours with a schedule that is completely unpredictable (basically, you are called out whenever needed, any time of day). While the large railroads offer the best pay in the industry (along with excellent benefits and retirement) it really comes to down whether you feel it is all worth it. A smaller railroad, while unable to match the pay of a Class I, does offer better hours and a more predictable schedule.
In any event, for more information regarding Texas railroad jobs, please visit the links below or the railroad's individual contact information concerning possible openings. Also, if you are in college it might be worth your time to visit the carer pages of the Class Is listed below if you are looking for internship/summer work in the field of business as many offer such programs. Finally, I cannot completely guarantee that the information and web links listed below are up-to-date and accurate although they are to the best of my knowledge.
Lastly, to search for Texas railroad jobs directly please use the below search box from Indeed.com.
Class I Railroads
Regional, Class II Railroads
Texas Northeastern Railroad: This regional railroad is owned by RailAmerica and operates two unconnected sections of track east of Sherman and west of Texarkana. For inquiries regarding potential job openings please click here to visit their web page.
Texas Pacifico Transportation: This railroad operates nearly 400 miles of track in West Texas which is actually owned by the state. It carries interchanges with Class Is Union Pacific, BNSF, and Ferromex (a Kansas City Southern subsidiary). To contact the railroad; 210 South Main Street, Brownwood, Texas 76801. Phone 325-643-6476.
Shortline, Class III Railroads
Alamo Gulf Coast Railroad: This shortline is owned by Martin Marietta Materials and operate a line that is just over 3 miles in length near the town of Beckman, mostly hauling aggregates and timber products. For information regarding employment please visit Marietta's website.
Alliance Terminal Railroad: This railroad is owned by OmniTRAX operating a seven-mile terminal system near Haslet. It interchanges traffic with BNSF. To contact the shortline please click here.
Angelina & Neches River Railroad: The historic A&NR dates back to 1900 as a logging railroad. Today, it operates close to 12 miles of railroad, as well as an additional 3+ miles of trackage rights through Union Pacific. The railroad carries a diversified traffic base, which it interchanges with UP. To inquire about job openings please visit their website.
Austin Western Railroad: The Austin Western Railroad is one of the Watco Companies' many shortlines, operating over 160 miles of track between Llano and Giddings with a small branch serving Marble Falls. To contact the railroad please click here.
Blacklands Railroad: This shortline operates about 66 miles of trackage owned by the Northeast Texas Rural Transportation District, which purchased the property from Southern Pacific. To contact the railroad regarding employment please click here.
Border Pacific Railroad: This shortline operates between Rio Grande City and Mission (where it interchanges with Union Pacific) on a 32 mile system originally owned by Missouri Pacific. To contact the railroad; P. O. Box 156, Rio Grande City, Texas 78582-0156. Phone 956-487-5606.
Brownsville & Rio Grande International Railroad: The B&RGI operates about 42 miles of railroad serving the Port of Brownsville. It currently has interchanges with three Class Is; UP, BNSF, and KCS de Mexico. To contact the railroad for job openings please visit their website.
CMC Railroad: For contact information; 1336 County Road 493, Dayton, Texas 77535. Phone 936-258-4030.
Corpus Christi Terminal Railroad: This 30-mile terminal railroad is owned by Genesee & Wyoming and serves the Port of Corpus Christi interchanging with Class Is BNSF, UP, and KCS. To contact the railroad please click here.
Dallas, Garland & Northeastern Railroad: The DG&N is part of RailAmerica's family of shortlines operating more than 330 miles of unconnected track north of Dallas. To contact the railroad please click here.
Fort Worth & Western Railroad: The FWWR operates provides freight service on a 276 mile route, part of which is owned by Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART). To contact the railroad regarding employment please click here to visit their website.
Galveston Railroad: This terminal railroad provides switching services for the Port of Galveston operating about 38 miles of track. The shortline is currently owned by Genesee & Wyoming. To contact the railroad please click here.
Georgetown Railroad: The original Georgetown Railroad dates back to the late 19th century although the newer companies began operations in the late 1950s over much of the original's trackage. Today the operation owns about 30 miles of track serving communities such as Kerr, Granger, Belton, and Smith. For contact information; 5300 South Interstate 35, Georgetown, Texas 78626-7764. Phone 512-863-2538.
Gulf, Colorado & San Saba Railway: The GC&SS operates about 60 miles of track between Lometa and Brady, originally owned by the Santa Fe. To contact the railroad; 22 East Dundee Road, Suite 22, Barrington, Illinois 60010. Phone 847-382-0500.
Hondo Railway: This small shortline operates about 5 miles of track near San Antonio. For contact information; 915 Carter Street, Hondo, Texas 78861. Phone 830-425-5662.
Kiamichi Railroad: The Kiamichi Railroad is another RailAmerica shortline operating more than 260 miles of track located mostly in Arkansas and southern Oklahoma although it does have a branch line that reaches Paris. For contact information please click here.
Moscow, Camden & San Augustine Railroad: The MC&SA dates back to 1898 and operates around 7 miles of track between Moscow to Camden hauling entirely timber products. It is currently owned by Georgia Pacific. For contact information; FM 62 P.O. Box 128, Camden, Texas 75934. Phone 936-398-7207.
Orange Port Terminal Railway: This terminal railroad operates just under 2 miles of track formerly owned by SP. To contact the railroad; 1301 Front Street, Orange, Texas 77632. Phone 330-340-7106.
Panhandle Northern Railway: This railroad is owned by OmniTRAX and operates about 31 miles of trackage originally part of the Santa Fe between Borger and Panhandle where it connects with BNSF Railway. To contact the railroad please click here.
Pecos Valley Southern Railway: This little railroad has been in continuous operation since 1910 and today owns about 29 miles of track between Saragosa and Pecos, where it has an interchange with UP. Its primary sources of traffic are aggregates and ore. To contact the railroad; 2501 West 3rd Street, Pecos, Texas 79772. Phone 432-445-2487.
Point Comfort & Northern Railway: Another shortline owned by RailAmerica, the PC&N began operations in 1948 and operates terminal/switching service near Victoria along 19 miles of track. To contact the railroad please click here.
Port Terminal Railroad Association: This terminal railroad is jointly owned by UP and BNSF operating nearly 180 miles of railroad in the Houston area. To contact the railroad; 8934 Manchester Street, Houston, TX 77012-2149. Phone 713-393-6500.
Rio Valley Switching Company: Another railroad owned by Ironhorse Resources, Inc. the shortline serves Harlingen (where it has an interchange with UP), Mission, Edinburg, and Santa Rosa. Overall, the Rio Valley operates about 66 miles of track. To inquire about job openings please click here.
Rockdale, Sandow & Southern Railroad: The RS&S, established in 1923 is today another RailAmerica property operating just a short stretch of track between Sandow and Marjorie. To contact the railroad please click here.
Sabine River & Northern Railroad: The SR&N is owned by Temple-Inland Incorporated and operates about 40 miles of track on two lines serving Bessmay, Echo, Buna, and Evadale. The trackage was built directly by the railroad in the mid-1960s. For contact information; 5830 Old Highway 87 North, Orange, Texas 77632. Phone 409-746-2453.
South Plains Lamesa Railroad: This shorline operates around the Lubbock area. For contact information; P. O. Box 64299, Lubbock, Texas 79464-4299. Phone 806-828-4841.
South Plains Switching, Ltd.: To contact the railroad; 3204 Juniper Avenue, Lubbock, Texas 79404. Phone 806-762-3689.
Southern Switching Company: This terminal railroad is another Ironhorse Resources property operating just over 8 miles of track and serving the Abilene area, where it has a connection with UP. To contact the railroad please visit their web page.
Texas Central Business Lines: This 5-mile terminal serves the industries of the Midlothian area and connects with both UP and BNSF. For contact information; P. O. Box 665, Waxahachie, Texas 75168. Phone 972-775-1853.
Texas City Terminal Railway: This terminal railroad, dating back to 1921 is currently owned by UP and BNSF, serving the Port of Texas City on a 32-mile system. For contact information; 2425 Highway 146 North, Texas City, Texas 77590. Phone 409-945-4461.
Texas, Gonzales & Northern Railway: The TG&N operates between Harwood and Gonzales on a system that is just over 12 miles in length operating on former SP trackage. To contact the shortline; 1045 County Road 284, Gonzales, Texas 78629. Phone 830-540-3788.
Texas-New Mexico Railroad: The Texas-New Mexico Railroad is owned by Iowa Pacific Holdings operating a 104-mile system serving the oil fields between Monahans, Texas and Lovington, New Mexico. To contact the railroad please click here.
Texas & Northern Railway: The T&N is owned by Transtar operating close to 8 miles of railroad near Lone Star. It currently interchanges with KCS west of Hughes Springs. To inquire about job openings please contact Transtar.
Texas North Western Railway: This shortline dates back to 1982 when it took over trackage originally owned by the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific (Rock Island) between Etter and Morse Junction, Texas as well as Stinnett, Texas and Hardesty, Oklahoma. For contact information; 6647 Road G, Sunray, Texas 79086. Phone 806-935-7474.
Texas Rock Crusher Railway: To contact the railroad; 204 8th Street, Brownwood, Texas 76801-4001. Phone 325-643-5105.
Texas South-Eastern Railroad: This terminal railroad dates back to 1900 and provides switching services for the industries around Diboll. It has been owned by the Temple-Inland Corporation since 1992. To contact the railroad; P. O. Box 366, Diboll, Texas 75941. Phone 936-829-5613.
Timber Rock Railroad: The Timber Rock Railroad is another Watco property operating 160 miles of track between Silsbee and Tenaha with a branch reaching Deridder, Louisiana. It currently interchanges with BNSF and KCS. To contact the railroad please click here.
West Texas & Lubbock Railway: The West Texas & Lubbock Railway is owned by Iowa Pacific and operates over 100 miles of track connecting Lubbock to Whiteface on trackage originally owned by the Santa Fe. To contact the railroad please click here.
Western Rail Road: This tiny privately owned railroad is just 2 miles in length and serves the needs of Cemex, hauling quarried stone to its cement plant at Dittlinger. To inquire about job openings please click here.
Wichita, Tillman & Jackson Railway: The WT&J is owned by Rio Grande Pacific operating former Rock Island trackage in southern Oklahoma and northern Texas. Please visit Rio Grande's website to inquire about employment.
For more information about shortline railroads that serve Texas please click here to visit the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association's website.
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