Vermont Railroad Jobs

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 short line 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.   Interestingly, Vermont is one of the only states in the country which originates almost no freight.

The information provided here is to aid job searches in highlighting those railroads which currently operate within the state.  

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, now a division of CSX Transportation, 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.

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. 

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. 

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Wes Barris's is simply the best web resource in the study of steam locomotives. 

The amount of information found there is quite staggering; historical backgrounds of wheel arrangements, types used by virtually every railroad, preserved and operational examples, and even those used in other countries (North America and beyond). 

It is difficult to truly articulate just how much material can be found at this website.  It is a must visit!

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 Survey'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!