I have lost my job. Aren't railroads a drying industry also?
A. The future for railroads has never looked brighter. New rail
projects are being started across the country. California voters
just approved a new Bullet Train from Los Angeles to San Francisco.
The President has expressed strong support for Amtrak, and had
even chartered a train to take him and the new vice president to
their first inauguration in Washington D.C.. New changes in Federal Law
will require thousands of new train crews starting in 2009.
If there ever were a time to get into railroading, man or woman,
young or old, this is it.
Q: Are there any state or government job retraining grants
to attend Modoc Railroad Intern Program?
A :Modoc Railroad no longer accepts state or federal employment or re-training grants
Q: What does it cost ?
A: To meet requirements of various state laws, Modoc Railroad will not charge for internship training for either Certified Conductor or Licensed Locomotive Engineer. Interns are selected from a listed of people submitted by the Railroad Historical Society, a nonprofit group. The Non Profit, Railroad Historical Society offers various levels of membership, from Docent, Gandy Dancer, Conductor, Engineer, Train Master to Rail Baron. You select the membership level that is perfect for you. Your membership donation is tax deductable.
Q: Why Modoc Railroad and not some Junior
College that has a train class?
A:Federal law requires all railroad conductors to be licensed...No Junior college or trade school can issue that license except Modoc Railroad.
Q. How do I start the process to become a railroad conductor or
A: Go to the "APPLY" page and first look at the scheduled intern program date that a sponsor railroad is offering for interns that . works for you. Remember, multiple railroads now participate in the internship progam. Then, download the "pre-application"
fill it out and send it to Railroad Historical Society at the address listed on the membership form... Include a deposit in the
form of check or money order. After 4 to 5 weeks from the date you
mailed your membership application, you should receive an notice
and other information from the Railroad Historical Society.. Remember If you not meet membeship guidlines, you will also be notified by mail. Awkward,yes, but this is required by state law for 2014. This process will change for 2015 the advent of new federal laws....
Q: I try to call on the phone but no one ever answers. How can I get more information?
A: it is not posiible to deal with the number of phone calls we get. Please email your questions to INFO@modocrail.com
Q: What are the Railroads qualifications?
A: Minimum age is for conductor intership is 18, and the person must
have at least two years of any type of work experience. There is
no maximum age limit. You must have a high school diploma or G.E.D...You
must be able to lift 60 pounds and climb a ladder ten feet tall.
A clean criminal record for the last eight years and no drunk driving
convictions in the past three and a half years. Minimum age for
locomotive engineer interns is 20. The same above standards apply
Q: I am a mature worker (over 40 years old). Is there any future
in railroading for me?
A: We do very well with mature students. To date the oldest person
we have placed was 63 years old and he placed as a locomotive
engineer. We strongly recommend that mature persons attend both
conductor and locomotive engineer programs to get the strongest resume
possible. As a very practical matter, conductor is more of a young
Q: I am still in high school, but I want to go to work for a railroad. What should I do?
A: Take as many English classes as you can. Be sure you can write clearly and people can read it. Get a job anywhere doing anything. Car wash, fast food, something that will show a railroad you can work and hold a job. You should not attend Modoc before you are 19 years old and have at least two years work experience
Q: Do you guarantee a job?
A: No. Any internship program, such as the Modoc Railroad
will not and can not guarantee employment. However as March. 1, 2014, Modoc Railroad has 100% job offers from other railroads for both conductors and locomotive engineers.
Q. I was going to attend a Junior College in the mid-west, but they did not offer hands on training nor did they offer the required conductor certification.
A. Junior colleges are only after large number of students to support the business of education. It is not the job of any Junior college to help with employment or to provide you with the proper education for any job. Federal Law now requires all conductors and locomotive engineers to be licensed. Modoc Railroad is the ONLY intern program in the United Statets to certify and license conductors and locomotive engineers as required by Federal Law. CFR Title 49 Part 240 and
Q. I was going to attend the trade school in the Pacific Northwest that can teach me to become a conductor, or a windmill repair man or a stewardess or a fry cook...Is there a problem with that?
A. We think this is only about money for the owner....trying to sell you a big student loan...Judging by the emails we get, many have told us the Pacific Northwest program was a poor move.
Q: Does every intern who attends this program end up with a railroad job??
A: No. Modoc Railroad is the hardest and most intense educational
program of it's kind. College level reading assignments, mandatory
homework assignments and demanding physical train operations leave
little free time. Some people have simply never had to contend
with the responsibility of personal performance. Many people have said that the Modoc Railroad intership is like Army Boot Camp.The current failure
rate is less than 11%.
Q: What is the success rate?
A: This program averages 93% job placement for conductor interns....You must not consider this program as" a buy yourself a job program"... We also have 100% job placement for locomotive engineer interns with multiple job offers. This number has been updated 3-2-2014 ..Remember, past performance is no guarantee of future success.....
Q: Do I need to this program?
A: Starting in 2013 all conductors, on every railroad, will need
to be certified.CFR Title 49, Part 242. Federal Law now requires all conductors and locomotive engineers to be certifed. Modoc Railroad is only internship program to certify and license conductors and locomotive engineers with authority granted by the Federal Railroad Administration....
Q: I was told that railroads do not hire engineers, and that they train their own staff.
A: That is no longer the case. The critical shortage of locomotive engineers is very real.
Q: Do any railroads take people from your intership program?
A: Yes. People from this program have been hired by Canadian Pacific,CN, BNSF, Amtrak,Pan Am Railways,Union Pacific,
Norfolk Southern, CSXT and many other regional and shortline railroads.
Q: Can I just take the engineer program only, since I only
want to be an engineer?
A: No. You must be a certified conductor, before
you can take part in the locomotive engineer program.
Q: What type of license will I get when I graduate?
A: Modoc Railroad qualified Conductors with get a Certified Conductor License. Engineer’s
get a Class One - Train Service Locomotive Engineer License. Both
are valid for two years after issuance.
Q: Are there student aid, grants or scholarships available?
A: None at this time.
Q I am a Veteran. Can I use my G.I. Bill College funds to
pay for railroad training?
A: Not at this time 3-1-2014...
Q: I am from out of state. What about places to live while I attendl?
A: Please go to the apply page and click on the housing icon. This
list has been put together after months of trial and error.. But
we always urge that all members come out and check out the area
at least 2 or 3 months before the start of internship. Do Not start
looking for a place to stay on the first day.
Q: What is a typical day like at Modoc Railroad?
A: Most days are 6 to 8 hours a day, however days have
gone as long as 17 hours. The railroad will start at any time of the
day or night to get interns used to the railroad lifestyle. Start times
are often six days a week, including when interns are working on
track, repairing freight cars or locomotives, running trains or
other normal tasks on a railroad.
Q: What else can you tell me about Modoc Railroad ?
A: Modoc Railroad is a Class III Shortline, with railroads in Illinois and Oregon and is the only one of it's kind in the country. Founded
in 1995, over 600 people have graduated from our program and work
on railroads across the country. Most people say that the Modoc Railroad
Academy and now Modoc Railroad is like no other program they have ever attended and are
glad to have made us the start of their railroad career. Many on
site reviews of the program have been conducted by officials from
CSX, BNSF, Union Pacific and many other railroads.
Q: Is it true Modoc Railroad has relocated?
A: Modoc Railroad has railroad operations in Marion, Illinois and Medford, Oregon...