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.
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.
|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.
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.
|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.
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.