A career in railroading can be a pretty daunting and unrelenting job,
particularly on a Class I system which require their conductors and
engineers to be on constant and regular call at any hours of the day.
While Vermont is not home to any of the larges
railroads, please know that, as history has dictated being a railroader
can be quite challenging requiring one to be at least somewhat
physically in shape and able to endure all types of weather (especially
in Vermont which is known to have nasty winters). If you are able to
land a job with one of Vermont's small railroads you will probably also
be called upon to do whatever may be needed, even if it is not your
specific job (remember that these companies don't have the resources
like the Class Is which means that their employees usually carry
multiple job titles).
Lastly, I strive very much
to make sure the information presented here is entirely accurate
although I cannot fully guarantee such at all times. 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
Pan Am Railways: The largest Class II, regional in the Northeast
Pan Am Railways took over Guilford's system in 2006 (which owned
historic lines like the Boston & Maine and Maine Central), which
spans across Maine, southern New Hampshire,
Massachusetts, and eastern New York. The railroad also operates
unconnected lines serving central Connecticut as well as a line reaching
St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Please visit their website to learn about employment opportunities.
|Amtrak P40DC #809 is power for today's "Vermonter" as the train makes a station stop at White River Junction, Vermont on a chilly September 28, 2002.|
Central Maine & Quebec Railway: Formerly known as the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic which took
over the bankrupt and historic Bangor & Aroostook lines in 2003. The new road is currently owned by Fortress Investment. Much of the regional's trackage
is located in Maine and southern Quebec, however, it does serve the
Vermont towns of Newport and Richford. Overall, the railroad operates
over 500 miles of track. Visit their website for job opportunities.
Claremont Concord Railroad: The historic Claremont Concord
Railroad dates back to the mid-19th century and today operates between
Claremont and Lebanon, New Hampshire along the Vermont border. They maintain their own website and may be contacted there.
New England Central Railroad: The New England Central Railroad
is a very large short line operating nearly 400 miles of track between
northern Vermont and southern Connecticut. It operates what remains of the historic Central Vermont Railway. The company is currently
owned by Genesee & Wyoming.
New Hampshire Central Railroad: This privately owned short line operates two unconnected sections of track in western New Hampshire from Littleton to Groveton and also from North Stratford to Colebrook. Visit their website for contact information.
St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad: This short line is another G&W property, operating a large corridor 157 miles in length between Portland and Norton, Vermont at the Canadian border. The road handles a wide range of freight.
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|A trio of New England Central GP38s with #3846 in the lead hustle northbound freight #323 through Westminster, Vermont on July 1, 2000.|