Railroad Jobs in North Carolina - CSX, Norfolk Southern.

The history of railroads in North Carolina began in 1833, with the first railroad brought into the state from Virginia. Railroad industry had a great impact on the state’s social, economic development; today the railroad jobs in North Carolina are in the thousands.

North Carolina is the 28th largest state in the United States, with a population of over 10 million people, it’s the 9th most populous state in the nation. According to the this source. The state economy is quite diverse, ranging from science to flue-cured tobacco and sweet potatoes, having a great production of pigs, trout and turkeys.

The state of North Carolina, currently, has over 2,000 railroad positions actively within the state, ranging from conductors, engineers to yardmasters and electricians, and over 3,200 miles of track.

Finding a railroad job in North Carolina.

The Old North State is the home of three Class Is railroads if we count the passenger carrier AmTrak, nineteen short line and regional railroads and one transit system.

The North Carolina Class Is railroads are CSX Transportation, Norfolk Southern and AmTrak. Since these are the Class Is railroad companies, you can expect to be the best railroads to work for, with the highest salaries in the railroad industry and greatest benefits.

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I strongly suggest you to contact these railroads directly, don’t forget, railroad jobs are tough, long shifts, with weekends over the road, and working on holidays.

If you don’t have luck with the Class Is or you just aim for different Class, for different reasons, I compiled a list of all other railroads in the state.

Class III Shortline and Terminal Railroads offering jobs in North Carolina.

Aberdeen, Carolina and Western Railway also known as ACWR runs from Aberdeen to Star, North Carolina. The general traffic consists of forest and agricultural products. It has a total length of 140 miles.

Aberdeen and Rockfish Railroad also known as AR has a total length of 42 miles, operating on 47 miles that runs from Aberdeen to Fayetteville, NC. I need to mention that AR was once a Class II railroad company. If you want to know how these railroads are classified and what’s the difference, you can check out this page best railroads to work for.

Alexander Railroad Company known as ARC, runs on 18 miles from Statesville to Taylorsville, North Carolina. The ARC hauls about 2,500 carloads per year, mainly grain, plastics and scrap paper.

Atlantic and Western Railway also known as ATW operates on 10 miles, it interchanges with CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern.

Blue Ridge Southern Railroad or BLU operates 11 locomotives on 91.8 miles of track with the headquarters in Canton, NC.

Caldwell County Railroad or CWCY has over 17 miles and operates between Hickory and Lenoir, NC. It handles around 420 carloads per year with two locomotives.

Carolina Coastal Railway has a total length of 198 miles, operating in both NC and SC.

Chesapeake and Albemarle Railroad has a total length of 68 miles, and it operates between Chesapeake, Virginia to Edenton, North Carolina.

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad is a freight and heritage railroad in the state of North Carolina, runs on 53 miles of track using five diesel locomotives.

High Point, Thomasville, and Denton Railroad - is owned jointly by CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railway, the railroad has merged into Winston-Salem Southbound Railway.

The Kinston and Snow Hill Railroad operates 5.7 miles in Kinston, North Carolina.

The Laurinburg and Southern Railroad operates 28 miles of track, and has headquarters in Laurinburg, North Carolina. The common traffic consists of glass, soda ash, fertilizer.

North Carolina and Virginia Railroad also known as NVCA, started its operation in 1987, they run 49 miles of track with headquarters in Ahoskie, North Carolina.

R.J Corman Carolina Lines is the successor of Carolina Southern Railroad.

Thermal Belt Railway has a total length of 8.5 miles connecting with CSX Transportation in Bostic, NC.

The Virginia Southern Railroad also known as VSRR, operates between Oxford, NC and Burkeville, Virginia. The railroad operates on a 78 miles track. Wilmington Terminal Railroad serves the Port of Wilmington, currently the lines are owned by North Carolina State Ports Authority.

Winston-Salem Southbound Railway is owned by CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern, it has a total length of 90 miles, and they have their headquarters in Winston-Salem.

The Yadkin Valley Railroad operates two lines, both originating from Rural Hall, totaling 90 miles of track. The tracks are leased from Norfolk Southern. These are all the shortline and terminal railroads that run in the state, if you can’t secure employment from any of the above mentioned, there is still hope.

North Carolina has three passenger/ heritage carriers throughout the state, I would say four if we double count AmTrak, as Class Is but a passenger carrier as well.

New Hope Valley Railway is a heritage railroad in Bonsal, North Carolina, they run on 5 miles of track.

Red Springs & Northern Railroad operating on a 13 miles track.

Tweetsie Railroad located between Boone and Blowing Rock, North Carolina, United States, operating on a 3 mile length track.

Now these railroads are small, changes that they will hire are small, but you should check that out with them.

As you see, there is a lot of railroad activity in the state, I believe that there are good chances for you to find an employer.

Good Luck!

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