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.
Vermont Railway GP38-2 #201 and GP40 #301 have a southbound freight at a grade crossing in New Haven Junction, Vermont on May 19, 2001 as the train passes the historic Rutland depot now being used as a business.
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.
A trio of New England Central GP38s with #3846 in the lead hustle northbound freight #323 through Westminster, Vermont on July 1, 2000.
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. Visit Vermont Railway's website for employment opportunities.
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.