Railroad Jobs in Connecticut - CSX Transportation, Hartford

Connecticut, also called The Constitution State, had the first railroad built as early as 1838 when the Hartford & New Haven has officially completed 20 miles of track between Meriden and New Haven.

There are few companies that might offer railroad jobs in Connecticut, but before we dive into that, let’s take a look at the state economy and its climate.

Connecticut has an economy based on finance, insurance services, manufacturing and tourism.[source]
It’s climate consists of cold winters with moderate snowfall and hot, humid summers. You may ask why I brought up the climate subject in a railroad job seeking article? The answer is quite simple, depending on your job title, you might have to spend most of your day outside, which would definitely have an impact on your job. Now since Connecticut’s climate is nothing drastic, it probably doesn’t have as much weight as it would when we talked about railroad jobs in Arizona.

Also since we are talking about drastic environments, working for a railroad will be tough. The Class I railroad will probably require you to be ready for a shift anytime they call you, and it may happen during the weekend or a holiday.
Of course, the pay is great with very good benefits and retirement plans. While I am not trying to discourage you, I want to paint a realistic picture for you. Now, not every position or railroad is operating the same, so I strongly suggest you consult with your future employer about any of your concerns.

Connecticut doesn't have a large railroad infrastructure, in fact the state has only about 364 miles of track. The annual average railroad salary in the state of Connecticut is $64,900. Of course this will fluctuate depending what job position you will get and what railroad you gonna work for. You should read more about the best railroad to work for, the difference between a train conductor and an locomotive engineer and how much does a train conductor make?

While many states are served by at least two Class I, the state of Connecticut is served by only one Class I, which is CSX Transportation

CSX operates approximately 20,000 miles of route tracks nationwide and they might offer railroad jobs, you can inquire for employment here.

If you’re out of luck with the Class I, or perhaps they’re not hiring at this moment, the state of Connecticut has couple Class II and Class III railroads that you should look into.

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There are two (2) Class II or Regional Railroads which might offer railroad jobs in Connecticut.

The Providence and Worcester Railroad (PW) is a Class II railroad owned by Genesee & Wyoming which connects from Gardner in central Massachusetts, south through Worcester and Providence, Rhode Island, and west from Rhode Island through Connecticut and into New York City. PW operates occasional passenger excursions.

Pan Am Railways, Inc. (PAR) operates Class II regional railroads covering northern New England from Mattawamkeag, Maine, to Rotterdam Junction, New York, crossing through Connecticut.

Class III or Shortline & Terminal Railroads that might offer railroad jobs in Connecticut are:

The Central New England Railroad (CNZR is a shortline railroad in Hartford, Connecticut. It operates two sections of track: 8.7-mile former Griffin Secondary from Hartford Union Station northwest to industrial areas in Bloomfield, and the 13.5-mile Connecticut portion of the former New Haven Armory Branch from East Windsor Hill to the Massachusetts State line.

The Connecticut Southern Railroad (CSOR) operates a 78-mile long short-line railroad in Connecticut and Massachusetts, headquartered in Hartford, Connecticut . Traffic mainly consists of construction materials, as well as food products. The CSO hauled around 23,000 carloads in 2008.

The Housatonic Railroad (HRRC) is a Class III railroad operating in southwestern New England and Connecticut.

The Naugatuck Railroad runs from Waterbury to the end of track in Torrington, Connecticut. From Waterbury south to the New Haven Line, Metro-North Railroad operates commuter service on the Waterbury Branch.

The New England Central Railroad ( NECR) a subsidiary of Genesee & Wyoming , runs from New London, Connecticut, to Alburgh, Vermont at the Canada–US border, a distance of 366 miles. The railroad interchanges with the CN, CSX, MCER, PAS, P&W, GMRC, WACR, and VTR.

I suggest you contact these railroads directly.

The state of Connecticut has three (3) passenger railroads that might offer employment.
  • Amtrak
  • Shore Line East (SLE) is a commuter rail service which operates along the Northeast Corridor through southern Connecticut.
  • The Metro-North Commuter Railroad (MNCW) also known as Metro-North, is a suburban commuter rail service run by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). Metro-North runs service between New York City and its northern suburbs in New York and Connecticut, including, Spring Valley, Scarsdale , Poughkeepsie, Yonkers, New Rochelle, Hartsdale, Port Jervis , White Plains, and Wassaic in New York and Stamford, New Canaan, New Haven , Waterbury, and Danbury in Connecticut.

    I believe this is the most complete list of the railroads that might hire in the state of Connecticut. I hope you find it helpful.

    Good luck!

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