It's no secret - railroads large and small across America find returning veterans highly desirable employees. Attributes such as well-honed leadership and teamwork skills, an unparalleled work ethic, and in-depth training in technology, management, and operations make many veterans ideal railroaders. These men and women possess valuable skills, competencies, and work experience that bridge well to rail operations and make them significant contributors on the railroad from day one of employment.

ASLRRA's Veterans Recruitment Committee supports and informs exiting military personnel about rewarding career opportunities in the short line railroad industry and also provides the Association's members with tools and information they can use to recruit and hire veterans to their operations.

The Veteran's Recruitment Committee has designed an informational brochure for your convenience. An ASLRRA member representative or veteran's group can download, reproduce and distribute these at job fairs and other similar venues. This document provides basic information about the short line and regional railroad industry, how to get involved, and outlines the many attractive reasons for choosing short lines as employers. Check back frequently, as more documents will be forthcoming.

What Are Short Line Railroads?

  • America's short line and regional railroads operate over 50,000 miles of railroad track - nearly 30% of the nation's total railroad mileage. Over 550 short line and regional railroads operate in 48 states and bring efficient, reliable rail service to thousands of communities that would otherwise have no connection to markets in North America and overseas. In many cases, they provide the "first mile" and "last mile" of service. Cumulatively, small railroads employ 17,000 people, serve 10,000 customers, and hauled 7.8 million carloads in 2013, thereby playing a critical role in the transportation landscape.
  • Short line railroads are also very diverse, ranging from family-owned and operated companies in rural locations, to switching railroads operating in some of the largest ports in the world, to publicly-traded subsidiaries of holding companies. Short lines provide an attractive level of diversity for potential employees, as on many of the smaller railroads, an employee may work in the office two days a week, and be on the train for the remaining three. The centralized location of short line railroads also means that the employees are home with their families every night.

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