The Paducah & Louisville Railway, Inc. (PAL) is a full-service, 280-mile regional Class II railroad. We are 286k compatible with continuous welded rail, 100% signaled and CTC. This means that our rail is compatible with any Class I and is maintained to the highest standards. We connect directly with four of the seven North American Class I carriers: the BNSF and CN (Paducah, KY), CSXT (Madisonville, KY), and NS and CSXT (Louisville, KY). Having these multiple Class I connections means, in most cases, we can reach any destination market in the continental US with just one interchange switch away.
Our service is further enhanced by our geographic proximity to the nation’s interstate highways and inland waterway systems. We have a close relationship with barge carriers and serve several rail-barge-rail transfer facilities on the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers. Several bulk terminals, warehouses, and rail-truck-rail transload facilities are also located on our line. These many connections and transload facilities provide our customers with multiple rate and route alternatives that allow our customers to be very competitive in their markets, while the PAL provides the flexible, responsive rail service they deserve. We utilize our local knowledge and expertise and work closely with all of our transportation partners to secure the best possible price and service packages. We currently handle a broad range of commodities, including, but not limited to: coal, chemicals, auto frames, crushed limestone, lumber, food, and agricultural products. We serve over 100 industries, and handle approximately 150,000 car loads annually, originating or terminating 99% of these loads.
Our motto is Expect Excellence and we pride ourselves on the fact that our customers have grown to expect nothing less than that. Our track record of providing safe and reliable service is something that all of our customers can attest to.
The Paducah & Louisville Railway, Inc. is a privately-held Kentucky corporation and subsidiary of P&L Transportation, Inc., a Delaware corporation.
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Current Career Opportunities
Train Crew (Conductors)
Mt. Vernon, IN
Chicago, IL (Bedford Park)
Train Crew (Conductors and Engineers)
The primary job of a train crew is to efficiently deliver and pick up loaded and unloaded freight cars from our customers. Train crews also perform a “switching” function of arranging freight cars in a train for delivery to other railroads and breaking down the assembled trains we receive from other railroads prior to delivery to our customers.
Conductors are in charge of the train. They determine what will be done and how it will be done. They also handle all the paperwork and computer work. Engineers operate or “drive” the train. Conductors promote to Engineer based on seniority.
Prior to the start of employment for train service, P&L selects candidates for our local training program. A series of operating rules and safety tests must be passed before promotion to the position of conductor which is approximately 12 weeks. Union pay scale and benefits start immediately upon promotion to conductor.
Since all railroads operate 24/7, new conductors work off an “extra board” and work on an on call basis. The call for work will be a 2 hour notice at any time day or night and are not optional. Conductors can work up to a 12 hour shift. Upon leaving work, conductors will have a mandatory minimum time off of 10 hours after each shift before being subject to call again.
All employees (and trainees) are subject to Federal drug/alcohol testing programs and Federal Safety Rules.
Customer Service Representative
Customer Service Representative
Paducah & Louisville Railway, Inc. has an open position in Paducah, KY for a Customer Service Representative. This position is responsible for supporting train operations by crew calling, scheduling and assigning train and engine service employees in accordance with FRA, AAR, and Company rules, policies and regulations. All necessary safety procedures, guidelines and policies must be adhered to in the performance of the tasks assigned to this position as set forth below
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
- Understand and adhere to operating rules, safety rules, policies, procedures and regulations and ensure safe and efficient movement of all on track equipment.
- Maintaining relationships with customers by assisting them with freight car movements, notifications, and verifying the accurate completion of billing information.
- Responsible for assuring that customer railcars move in the correct manner.
- Calling crews to work when trains are listed and recording crew approved unavailability.
- Prepares miscellaneous invoices for billing.
Position requirements include:
- strong computer and phone skills
- working evenings, nights and weekends as scheduled
- working along and independently with minimal supervision, manage time effectively and maintain control over multiple projects and responsibilities.
- working under time pressure to meet strict deadlines
- working sitting for long periods of time with infrequent breaks
- Collective bargaining agreement with membership required which determines specific job duties, work assignments, and work locations
High school diploma or general education degree (GED).
P&L Railway accepts online applications and resumes. All applications and resumes are retained on file for one year.
Please state your area of interest (or department) in your cover letter.