Locomotive Operator/Switchman

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Locomotive Operator/Switchman

These positions usually require at least 1 year of recent (within the last 2 years) active experience as a conductor or locomotive engineer with consistent time performing in these roles. Previous experience and knowledge of applicable railroad operating rules vary as required by the client.

Note: We do not offer or promise full-time employment with either a client railroad or with Hallcon. We do not hire or train people off the street for the rail industry – you must be a fully qualified, FRA certified locomotive engineer, have current licensure, and have a proven positive safety/performance record.

Essential Duties:

  • Non-certified locomotive operations and switching duties.
  • Industry operations as needed for large and small plant rail facilities.
  • Short-term temporary engagement of your services as an independent contractor.
  • Paid travel, meals, and lodging while performing service.
  • No long-term employment commitment.
  • Reasonable flexibility to accept assignments when you are available and able to be deployed.
  • Competitive pay appropriate to your railroad craft.
  • No benefits or health insurance applicable for temporary contractor assignments.
  • Usually non-RRB assignments and for retired RRB recipients.


  • Railroad professional with proven safety and rules compliance record.
  • Willing and able to be away-from-home for an extended period of time while deployed on assignments that can range from a few weeks to multiple months.
  • Clear background check and no driving-related alcohol or drug related convictions within the last 3 years.
  • Company-required alcohol and drug use screening as required by client railroad.
  • Willingness and ability to learn new facility operating practices and rules, and work with a variety of people.
  • Attitude and aptitude are equally important.
  • General Code of Operating Rules (GCOR) experience strongly preferred for most positions.