Mississippi Railroad Jobs

Header Photo: Drew Jacksich

Mississippi is another one of those states that if you are lucky enough to land a job there with a railroad, you're lucky enough. That is because while the work itself as a railroader can be just as difficult in Mississippi as any other place, the Magnolia State offers warm, mild temperatures year-round without the threat of snow, ice and bitter cold weather. If you are interested in Mississippi railroad jobs you are also in luck as the state is home to five of the seven Class Is (CSX, BNSF, Kansas City Southern, Norfolk Southern, and Canadian National), as well as Amtrak. Also, Class II, regional Alabama & Gulf Coast Railway and more than a dozen Class III, shortlines operate within the state's borders. 









If you are seriously interested in a career as a railroader but are rather unfamiliar with the industry, you may want to take the time to find exactly what you are getting into. Being a railroader can be very rewarding and enjoyable work offering excellent pay, benefits, and retirement along with having the opportunity to see parts of the country by rail that few others ever do. However, the work requires long hours away from home and, if you work in transportation as part of the train crew you must get used to staying in a hotel. These long hours most often occur when working for a Class I railroad, whose lines stretch halfway (or more) across the country requiring crews to operate a train for long distances. 

While working for a smaller railroad does allow for a better, more predictable schedule the pay is not quite as good. In any event, these are the type of factors you will need to weigh when deciding if a career as a railroader is right for you. On a related note, if you are in college with an interest in business or management you may want to check out the career pages of the Class Is, many offer summertime internship or graduate programs. 

Class I Railroads/Amtrak

Amtrak

BNSF Railway

Canadian National Railway

CSX Transportation

Kansas City Southern

Norfolk Southern Railway

Short Lines And Regionals

Alabama & Gulf Coast Railway: The is a Genesee & Wyoming property operating nearly 350 miles of track running from eastern Mississippi, through western Alabama, and finally terminating at Pensacola, Florida. It handles thousands of carloads annually. Please visit the Genesee & Wyoming website regarding career information. 

Alabama Southern Railroad: This Watco property began service on November 20, 2005 and operates about 85 miles of track between Columbus, Mississippi and Birmingham, Alabama. Please visit Watco's website for information about job opportunities. 

Columbus & Greenville Railway: The historic CAGY is owned by Genesee & Wyoming's large family of short lines connecting Greenville and Greenwood, Mississippi as well as Columbus and West Point on two unconnected sections of track. In all, its system totals more than 160 miles.

Golden Triangle Railroad: This railroad operates 10 miles near the city of Columbus and Trinity to the south. It is owned by the Patriot Rail Corporation, which can be contacted for information regarding employment. 

Luxapalila Valley Railroad: This short line, a Genesee & Wyoming system, operates about 38 miles of track from Columbus, Mississippi to Belk, Alabama. 

Meridian & Bigbee Railroad: The historic Meridian & Bigbee has been in service since the 1930s and still operates from Montgomery, Alabama to Meridian, Mississippi. It is currently owned by Genesee & Wyoming. 

Meridian Southern Railway: This privately owned short line operates about 55 miles of track between Meridian and Waynesboro. The company maintains its own website and may be contacted there regarding job openings. 

Mississippi Central Railroad: This railroad is another owned by Pioneer Rail Corporation, operating three disconnected lines operating in Alabama, Tennessee, and Mississippi. Please visit Pioneer Railcorp's website for career information and potential job openings. 

Mississippi Delta Railroad: Operating between Swan Lake and Jonestown, this privately-owned short line covers about 60 miles. Today, the railroad handles only about 1,000 carloads per year and also hosts some excursion trains. Please visit the company's website for contact information. 

Mississippi Export Railroad: This independently-owned short line dates back to 1922, and would build a system from Pascagoula to Luce Farms, about 44 miles. Today, it operate most of its original main line. Address: 4519 Mcinnis Avenue, Moss Point, Mississippi 39563. 

Mississippi Southern Railroad: Also known as MSR, this Watco short line operates about 28 miles between Newton and Bay Springs. 

Mississippian Railway: This short line is owned by Homan Industries and operated by the Mississippian Railway Cooperative from Amory to Fulton. Address: 935 Main Street South, Amory, Mississippi 38821. 

Port Bienville Railroad: This short line provides switching and terminal service for the Port Bienville area, operating about 8 miles. Address: 13011 Road A, Pearlington, Mississippi 39572. 

Redmont Railway: This independent short line has operated since 1995 over about 41 miles and primarily moves agriculture. Address: 100 1st Avenue NE, Red Bay, Alabama 35582. 



Ripley & New Albany Railroad: This short line, a Pioneer Railcorp property, operates 26.5 miles between its namesake towns. Its traffic includes clay, lumber, and plastics. 

Vicksburg Southern Railroad: The Vicksburg Southern Railroad is another Watco short line operating 21 miles between Redwood and Cedars. 

West Tennessee Railroad: This short line operates between Corinth, Mississippi and Fulton, Kentucky.  It has been in service since 1984, acquired by the Gibson County Railroad Authority that year. It has since added more trackage to its system.  The company's current address is believe to be; 1061 James Buchanan Drive, Jackson, Tennessee 38301.




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Researching Rights-Of-Way

A popular pastime for many is studying and/or exploring abandoned rights-of-way.  Today, there are tens of thousands of miles scattered throughout the country.  Many were pulled up in the 1970's and 1980's although others were removed long before that.  If you are researching active or abandoned corridors you might want to check out the United States Geological Survery's (USGS) Historical Topographic Map Explorer.  It is an excellent resource with thousands of historic maps on file throughout the country.  Just type in a town or city and click on the timeline of maps at the bottom of the page!



Studying Diesels

You will be hard pressed at finding a better online resource regarding diesel locomotives than Craig Rutherford's TheDieselShop.us.  The website contains everything from historic (fallen flags) to contemporary (Class I's, regionals, short lines, and even some museums/tourist lines) rosters, locomotive production information, technical data, all notable models cataloged by the five major builders (American Locomotive, Electro-Motive, General Electric, Fairbanks-Morse, and Baldwin), and much more.  A highly recommended database!



Electro-Motive Database

In 1998 a gentleman by the name of Andre Kristopans put together a web page highlighting virtually every unit every out-shopped by General Motors' Electro-Motive Division.  Alas, in 2013 the site closed by thankfully Don Strack rescued the data and transferred it over to his UtahRails.net site (another fine resource).  If you are researching anything EMD related please visit this page first.  The information includes original numbers, serials, and order numbers.