Railroad Jobs in Virginia - Richmond, Norfolk, Roanoke.

The state of Virginia has a long, rich railroad history, the state once hosting only 13 miles of track, today has grown into a railroad hub with over 5,000 railroad employees working on over 3,200 miles of track.

The railroads, like in every other state in the nation, had a huge economic impact in Virginia. Before we look into the employers that offer railroad jobs in Virginia, let’s get some information about the state economy.

The state of Virginia, also known as Old Dominion or Mother of Presidents, has a population of over 8.5 million people . Being the 35th largest state in the country, Virginia has 17 railroads all being potential employers.

Where can I find a railroad job?

If you are looking to get a railroad job in Virginia, and you are aiming for the Class Is, where you will probably find the best salary and benefits, it’s good to know that there are two (2) Class Is freight railroads and one (1) passenger Class Is.

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Before we get into the details of each Class operating in the state, I want to remind you that working for a railroad, especially Class Is, is not easy. The railroad jobs in general are not as easy as many people will think. The job requires you to work long hours, being gone from home for days, and work over the weekend. The job comes in many cases, with great salaries and benefits, negotiated by the union. Of course depending on the job title you are interested, duties will differ, if you are new to railroads, I suggest you to read the difference between a train conductor and an engineer, best railroads to work for and highest paying railroad jobs pages.

The Class Is freight railroad companies offering jobs in Virginia are CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern and the passenger one is AmTrak. You will need to contact them directly to see if they have open positions.

If for any reasons you are not interested in Class Is railroad jobs, or maybe they’re not currently hired, that’s why I compiled this list of smaller railroads, Class II and III for you.

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The Shortline & Terminal Railroads offering railroad jobs in Virginia are the following:

Winchester and Western Railroad is the successor of Winchester Railroad, operating from Gore through Winchester, Virginia to Hagerstown, Maryland.

Virginia Southern Railroad also known as VSRR is a subsidiary of Genesee & Wyoming, it operates 78 miles of track Oxford, North Carolina and Burkeville, Virginia.

Virginia and North Carolina Railroad - operates about 135 miles of track, mostly in North Carolina.

The Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad also known as DGVR is a freight and heritage railroad in Virginia, and West Virginia.

The Commonwealth Railway - operates 16.5 miles of track from Sufflolk to Portsmouth, Virginia.

The Chesapeake and Albemarle Railroad also known as CA, operates between Chesapeake, Virginia to Edenton, North Carolina, on a 68 miles long track.

Buckingham Branch Railroad operates about 275 miles in central Virginia. It started its operation in 1989 and it shares overhead traffic with AmTrak and CSX Transportation.

The Delmarva Central Railroad is the Bay Coast Railroad successor, it operates 12 locomotives on 188 miles of track between the states of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.

There is still hope, Virginia has few heritage and passenger carriers operating within the state. Those could be potential employers as well, depending what you’re looking for. For example, there is Virginia Railway Express, a commuter railroad that connects the outer suburbs of Northern Virginia to Washington D.C. The system has two lines and operates on 90 mile of track with an annual ridership of over 4.5 million people.

Also, The Tide Rail, it’s a light rail system in Suffolk, Virginia that you might be interested in. They operate on a 7.4 mile track, they have a daily ridership of over 4,000 people.

Finding a railroad job in Virginia, it’s very possible, the positions available could be train conductors, engineers, yardmasters, electricians, dispatchers.

I wish you good luck!

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