Utah has never been a state rich with railroads, at its peak the state only featured a little over 2,000 miles of track. If you are interested in Utah railroad jobs, today the state features close to 1,500 miles of track, much of which is operated by Class I Union Pacific (BNSF operates Utah via trackage rights) with the rest broken up amongst Class II Utah Railway and a few shortlines. Coal is Utah's main staple of originated freight traffic with chemicals, metals, and others making up the rest. If you work for a Class I railroad in the industry there are a multitude of various fields which you can enter from the more well positions of engineer and conductor to things like mechanics, welders, signal maintainers, and various management posts.
Please be aware that if you interest lies in operating the
trains themselves Class Is require incredibly long and unforgiving work
For instance, you need to be call at all times when needed, and
typically work 12-hour days without a break. Of course, in return you
can make an excellent income in doing so along with a very good
retirement. In all, it comes down to whether you feel the long hours
away from home and family are worth it. An alternative may be to look
at hiring on with a smaller railroad which offers better hours but not
the same level of pay.
(To search for Utah railroad jobs directly please use the below search box from Indeed.com.)
Class I Railroads
Shortlines And Regional Railroads
Deseret Power Railroad: This privately-owned, electrically
operated railroad hauls coal from a mine at Rangely, Colorado to a power
plant at Bonanza, Utah owned by Desert Power. I am not sure how, or
if, the company hires their own employees to operate the railroad.
Kennecott Utah Copper: The Kennecott Utah Copper Corporation operates their own electric railroad to haul copper from their mine near Bingham Canyon to their smelter at Garfield. Again, I also do not know how this company operates its railroad but they may be reached via their website for inquiries.
Salt Lake City Southern Railroad: This railroad operates a 25 mile line between Salt Lake City and Murray serving a number of industries between the two cities and a diversified traffic base. The railroad is a subsidiary of the Utah Railway, which is owned by Genesee & Wyoming. To inquire about job openings please visit Utah's website listed below.
Salt Lake, Garfield & Western Railway: The SLG&W dates
back to the late 19th century with the railroad acquiring its current
name in 1918. Today, it operates about 10 miles of trackage around Salt
Lake City where it interchanges with UP. To contact the railroad; P.O.
Box 16047 1201 West North Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84116.
Savage, Bingham & Garfield Railroad: This railroad is owned by Savage and began operations in 2007 on former Union Pacific branches consisting of about 21 miles of track. Communities the railroad serve include Midvale, Welby, Magna, Kearns, Bacchus, and Bagley. Please contact Savage for job inquiries.
Utah Central Railway: This shortline operates switcher service for industries located around Odgen on trackage leased from UP. To contact the railroad; 1963 South 1900 West P. O. Box 10402, Ogden, Utah 84409.
Utah Railway: Utah's most famous and best known railroad, the
Utah Railway dates back to 1912 and today owns about 47 miles of its own
rails and has trackage rights on UP from Grand Junction, Colorado to
Ogden. The railroad is now owned by Genesee & Wyoming.
Check out the website's digital book (E-book), An Atlas To Classic Short Lines, which features system maps and a brief background of 46 different historic railroads. To learn more please click on the image below.