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, if you are in college
it might be worth your time to visit the carer pages of the Class Isif 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.
Short Lines And Regionals
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
|Colorado & Southern/Burlington SD7 #810 pulls a string of piggybacks past the station in Amarillo, Texas on July 14, 1962.|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Union Pacific GP38-2 #2299 and Missouri Pacific GP38-2 #2316 sit near the depot at the yard in Brownsville, Texas with their train on March 10, 1987.|
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