While today Vermont is no longer home to any Class I railroads it does feature incredible scenery for those that do operate there along with a rich history with trains. If you are interested in Vermont railroad jobs you most likely would have to attempt to hire on with a shortline as these companies make up the majority of the state's trackage today. Unfortunately, given their small size finding an available opening can be pretty difficult. Also, two Class II, regionals operate in Vermont (Pan Am Railways and Montreal, Maine & Atlantic) although combined they operate less than 100 miles of track. Interestingly, Vermont is one of the only states in the country which originates almost no freight. To search for railroad jobs directly please use the below search box from Indeed.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Clarendon & Pittsford Railroad: The C&P is part of the Vermont Railway operating between Rutland and Whitehall, New York. The railroad also has a small stretch of trackage near Florence. Please visit the Vermont Railway's website listed below for employment opportunities.
New England Central Railroad: The New England Central Railroad is a very large shortline operating nearly 400 miles of track between northern Vermont and southern Connecticut. The company is currently owned by Genesee & Wyoming.
New Hampshire Central Railroad: The New Hampshire Central
Railroad is located entirely in northwestern New Hampshire (operating
former B&M trackage) but does run along the border with Vermont.
St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad: The StL&A is owned by Genesee & Wyoming and operates more than 150 miles of track between Portland Maine and Norton, Vermont.
Vermont Railway: The state's largest system, the Vermont Railway
today operates 230 miles of former Rutland Railroad trackage and staffs
more than 100 employees. The railroad began in 1967 and its lines are
also popular with the general public in the summer months.
Washington County Railroad: Another property operated by the Vermont Railway, this shortline connects the towns of Newport and White River Junction on a system covering more than 80 miles. Please visit the Vermont Railway's website for potential job opportunities.