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American Public Transportation Association (APTA)
1666 K Street NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 496-4800
Web site: http://www.apta.com
To learn more about public transportation in the United States and Canada, check the APTA Web site. They also have links to schools in the United States and other countries.

Association of American Railroads (AAR)
American Railroads Building
50 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 639-2100
Web site: http://www.aar.org
The AAR works to improve safety on all North American railroads.

Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
1120 Vermont Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20590
Web site: http://www.fra.dot.gov/site/index.htm
The FRA regulates railroads and is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Be sure to check the Learning Depot page on their Web site for information on railroad careers.

Railway Association of Canada (RAC)
99 Bank Street, Suite 1401
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1P 6B9
(613) 567-8591
e-mail: rac@railcan.ca
Web site: http://www.railcan.ca/en/welcome/default.htm
The RAC is an association of Canadian railroads. Check the Careers and Institute of Railway Technology section of their Web site for information on schools.

United Transportation Union (UTU)
14600 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44107-4250
Web site: http://www.utu.org
UTU is the union to which most railway workers belong. They have information on regulations and their Web site has links to all major railroads in the United States and Canada.


The National Academy of Railroad Sciences
Johnson City Community College
12345 College Boulevard
Overland Park, KS 66210
(913) 469-8500
This community college can train you for a railroad job. Their Web site has information on their school and other schools in the United States.

Wisconsin and Southern Railroad Company
5300 North 33rd Street
Milwaukee, WI 53209
(414) 438-8820
This railroad company offers training for freight railroad work. Their Web site also has job listings.


This site has many listings for railway jobs, as well as other jobs in transportation.


Farr, J. Michael. America's Top Jobs for People without a Four-Year Degree. Fifth ed. Indianapolis, IN: JIST Works, Inc., 2001.
This book gives a good overview of railroad careers and has information on other careers that don't require a college degree.

Krannich, Ronald, and Caryl Rae Krannich. Jobs for People Who Love to Travel: Opportunities at Home and Abroad. Third ed. Manassas Park, VA: Impact Publications, 1999.
A brief overview of jobs with a railroad can be found in this book on travel careers.

Loomis, Jim. All Aboard!: The Complete North American Train Travel Guide. Second ed. Roseville, CA: Prima Publishing, 1998.
With information on people who work on a train as well as everything you need to know to plan a train trip in North America, this is a great book for first-time train travelers.

Niemann, Linda. Railroad Voices. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1998.
This book has stories and pictures of life working for a railroad.


(888) 350-2413
e-mail: customerservice@trains.com
Web site: http://www.trains.com
This magazine and its online version have information on the railroad industry, model trains, and rail travel.

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