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. 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).
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. 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.
(Lastly, to search for Texas railroad jobs directly please use the below search box from Indeed.com.)
Class I Railroads
Kansas City Southern Railway
Short Line And Regional Railroads
Many of the regional and short line railroads listed below are subsidiaries of one of the following companies.
Genesee & Wyoming
Rio Grande Pacific Corporation
Iowa Pacific Holdings, Inc.
Watco Companies, LLC
Texas Northeastern Railroad: This regional railroad is owned by Genesee & Wyoming and operates two unconnected sections of track east of Sherman and west of Texarkana.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dallas, Garland & Northeastern Railroad: The DG&N is
part of G&W's family of short lines operating more than 330 miles
of unconnected track north of Dallas.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Hondo Railway: This small shortline operates about 5 miles of
track near San Antonio. For contact information; 915 Carter Street,
Hondo, Texas 78861.
Kiamichi Railroad: The Kiamichi Railroad is another G&W
shortline operating more than 260 miles of track located mostly in
Arkansas and southern Oklahoma although it does have a branch line that
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.
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.
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.
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. Today, it is owned by Watco.
Point Comfort & Northern Railway: Another shortline owned by G&W, the PC&N began operations in 1948 and operates
terminal/switching service near Victoria along 19 miles of track.
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.
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 G&W property operating just
a short stretch of track between Sandow and Marjorie.
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.
South Plains Lamesa Railroad: This shorline operates around the
Lubbock area. For contact information; P. O. Box 64299, Lubbock, Texas
South Plains Switching, Ltd.: To contact the railroad; 3204 Juniper Avenue, Lubbock, Texas 79404.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Texas Rock Crusher Railway: To contact the railroad; 204 8th Street, Brownwood, Texas 76801-4001.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wichita, Tillman & Jackson Railway: The WT&J is owned by Rio Grande Pacific operating former Rock Island trackage in southern Oklahoma and northern Texas.
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