If you work for a Class I railroad in the industry there are a
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
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. 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
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.
|A quartet of Rio Grande SD40T-2 "tunnel motors" act as mid-train helpers with a heavy unit coal train at appropriately-named Helper, Utah on October 23, 1994.|
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 &
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; 1200 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.
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|Utah Railway GP40 #3002 and GP38-2 #2007 perform switching work at the yard in Provo on September 25, 2009.|
Utah Central Railway: This short line is a Patriot Rail property and operates about 34 miles of track west of Ogden reaching Relico, Stratford, and an industrial park north of Ogden.
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.
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