Train Service Employees/Switchpersons

DATE:  May 3, 2018 

The Belt Railway of Chicago is currently seeking train service employees. Must be able to work variable shifts, on-call, and in an outdoor environment. 2+ years of stable employment experience and HSD or equivalent required.  Veterans are encouraged to apply.  Good pay and benefits. Send resume to hr@beltrailway.com or fax to 708 496 4005. No phone calls, please.


2+ years of stable employment experience
State-Accredited High School Diploma or G.E.D. required
The work is outdoors; exposed to all types of weather conditions.
There is a probationary period.
Must be eligible to work in the U.S.
Must be able to walk outdoors on rock ballast for 8-12 hours daily, climb on and off of equipment, lift and carry 80 lb. knuckles
The position is represented by SMART-TD Union, with initiation and monthly dues required.
You will be on-call twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week.  Includes weekends and holidays.  Must be available to report on approximately 2 hours’ notice. (You should consider the long-term effect of the above lifestyle on your personal and/or domestic situation.)


 A train service employee is responsible for the safe movement of freight trains and switching of cars in the yards.  Specific functions will include frequently climbing ladders to board standing cars, operating hand brakes, coupling air hoses between cars, operating track switches, inspecting cars and using hand and lantern signals, radio communications and remote control technology to control train movement.  This is not a typical 40-hour-a-week opportunity; the position consists of variable and irregular work hours with irregularly scheduled days off.  Train service employees work weekends and holidays on an “on call” basis, 24-hours a day, seven days a week.


Get on and off stationary equipment; couple and uncouple air hose and electrical connections between cars; ride on moving cars by holding onto grab irons and standing on ladder steps; assist in moving replacement knuckle to location of broken knuckle; assist in removal and replacement of broken knuckle; assist in aligning of drawbars by using available equipment to lift, pull or push on the drawbar.


Send resume to hr@beltrailway.com or fax to (708) 496-4005. No phone calls please.

Mechanical – Car Department

The Belt Railway Company of Chicago is currently accepting resumes for Mechanical-Car Department employees. Applicants must be able to regularly work variable shifts, including evenings and weekends. Applicants must be comfortable working outdoors in variable conditions throughout the year. High School Degree or equivalent and valid driver’s license is required. Previous experience with welding or general mechanical experience is a plus.

Resumes can be submitted by email at hr@beltrailway.com, by fax at (708) 496-4005 to Human Resources, or can be dropped off with Human Resources. No phone calls, please.


The Belt Railway Company of Chicago is currently accepting resumes for a Trainmaster. The successful candidate for this position will effectively manage daily operations and employees in the BRC’s Transportation Department. The successful candidate will be familiar with Switchman, Locomotive Engineer, and Remote Control Operator duties and three (3) plus years of supervisory experience. Computer aptitude and reporting skills a must. Responsibilities include supervising multiple switch crews in daily operations, working classification yard operations, actively monitoring contract employee rules compliance, and communicating with other customer railroads as necessary. This position must cooperatively interact with other departments and external customers. Excellent opportunity, competitive pay and great benefits. Veterans are encouraged to apply.


  • Minimum 5 years of stable employment
  • Minimum 3 years supervisory experience
  • Previous experience supervising employees in multi-shift 24/7operation preferred
  • Knowledge of computer-based reporting and tracking programs preferred
  • PC aptitude (Email, Word, Excel)
  • Must be eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Must be able to work variable shifts when position requirements dictate
  • Proven background in management skills self-development preferred


Qualified applicants should forward resume and cover letter to BRC Human Resources Department, 6900 S. Central Avenue, Bedford Park, IL 60638 or email to hr@beltrailway.com.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Workforce diversity is an essential part of the Belt Railway’s commitment to quality and to the future. We encourage you to apply, whatever your race, gender, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or veteran status.