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Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Company provides freight transportation service for many companies in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. W&LE handles over 135,000 carloads per year. The company is private, 100% internally owned, and currently has over 430 employees. W&LE is the largest Ohio-based railroad and is among the largest regional railroads in the country. The company has over 120 customers and a continually growing customer base. W&LE interchanges in numerous locations with three major Class I Railroads (Canadian National, CSX Transportation, and Norfolk Southern), as well as 14 regional and shortline railroads.

We are seeking dedicated individuals to train as Brakemen /Conductors. During a two to three month training period, trainees are classified as Brakemen and earn $21.69 hr. Following the training period, when working as a Conductor, the rate of pay is $23.88 hr. Conductors are the primary source from which W&LE selects candidates for future Engineer training. Employees must accept promotion to the position of Locomotive Engineer. Locomotive Engineers typically earn $26.00 hr. Overtime work is required. The annual earnings potential ranges from the low $50k to mid $80K depending upon the number of hours worked.

Specific functions of the Brakeman/Conductor include, but are not limited to, obtaining information from the dispatcher, yardmaster, or other personnel in person, in writing, or by communication devices including radio and telephone. They observe, interpret, and relay hand and lantern signals, and they use radio communication. They operate track switches and derails in order to change the route of trains within yards or on the road. They frequently climb ladders on freight cars, operate hand brakes, couple and uncouple air hoses, inspect freight cars, and observe and monitor track conditions. They get on and off moving equipment. They ride moving cars by hanging on grab irons or ladders, sometimes for extended periods of time. They judge and control the speed and clearance distance of cars. They prepare required reports and read and interpret work orders and instructions. Employees must be also able to sit for extended periods of time, reach overhead to lift objects, and meet hearing and vision acuity standards.

Conductors and brakemen work outdoors in all types of weather for many hours at a time. They must be able to walk on uneven and irregular surfaces for long distances. They must be able to lift and carry objects weighing up to 85 pounds.

This is not a typical 40-hour work week; the position consists of variable and irregular work hours with irregularly scheduled days off. Employees work weekdays, weekends and holidays on an “on call” basis, 24 hours a day. Travel is required. Our employees must be willing and able to work any hours at any location on the railroad in OH and PA. Current on-duty locations include Brewster, OH; Canton, OH; Akron, OH; Jewett, OH; Mingo Jct., OH; Medina, OH; Willard, OH; Spencer, OH; Norwalk, OH; Carey, OH; and Pittsburgh, PA. Employees may be away from home for days at a time. Employees must be able to report to work two hours after notification. Employees may have to drive long distances to get to work; this travel is at the employee’s own expense. To see a map of our railroad, visit

A high school diploma or GED equivalent is required.

A DUI or OVI conviction within the last three years will disqualify you from consideration for this position.

W&LE is a drug-free workplace and maintains a zero tolerance policy. Employees are subject to pre-employment and frequent drug and alcohol testing.

Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Company provides a comprehensive benefit package including excellent medical, dental, vision, dental, life insurance, short-term disability, railroad retirement, 401(k) plan, profit sharing, paid holidays, paid vacation, paid personal leave, and college scholarships for dependents.

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