Train Conductor in Illinois

Illinois is a great state for a train conductor career.The state has the second largest rail system in the nation, and Chicago represents the largest U.S. rail hub in North America.

In order to become a train conductor in Illinois, you will need the following main qualifications:
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Must have a valid driver's license.
  • Have a minimum high school diploma or equivalent
  • Pass medical and drug screen
  • Ability to speak English in a clear, concise manner in order to communicate with coworker(s) and supervisor(s).
  • Authorized to work in the United States without company sponsorship.
  • Applicants must pass a pre-employment test in English before being allowed to interview( depending on the company)
The rail system in Illinois is privately owned and maintained, however requirements and training vary from a company to another.
Did you know…
  • Illinois is the only state in which all Seven Class I railroads operate
  • Freight rail volume is expected to double by 2025
  • There are over 60 railroad companies that operate their trains in and through Illinois, which is the highest in the nation
  • Illinois has the second largest rail system in the nation, second only to Texas, with nearly 7,000 miles of railroad track
  • Chicago is the nation’s busiest rail freight gateway and the third largest intermodal container/trailer port in the world, following Singapore and Hong Kong
  • Facts: State of Illinois Illinois Department of Transportation