Welcome To Northwest Railroad Institute


Students at Northwest Railroad Institute are provided the opportunity to apply their knowledge of railroad operations in the real world. These applications include the General Code of Operating Rules (GCOR), timetables, special instructions, general orders, track bulletins and track warrants on a railroad system.

Furthermore, classroom learning is translated into real-world experience as students are given the opportunity to work with trains, switches, and spot rail equipment. Students receive practical experience by coupling and uncoupling rail cars and locomotives, trouble shooting air brake systems, and lining track switches. Working in teams, students inspect, repair, and replace damaged or useless tracks.

Our combination of classroom and hands-on training is one of the key components that ensures our students’ success. This unique style of training allows students to be comfortable with the material mentally and physically thus promoting a smooth transition into the railroad workforce.

NWRI Offers:

  • Affordable tuition
  • ​6-month focused program
  • Small class sizes for individual instruction
  • Financial aid for those who qualify
  • Graduate placement assistance
  • Hands-on, real-world experience
  • High-quality teaching
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
  • Student housing available

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Brad Johnston – Instructor

About the Program

Nationwide and Around the World, NWRI Can Get Your Career Moving!

Student Testimonial: Darien

Home state: Missouri
Employer: Nebraska Central
Job title: Train Conductor

What was your favorite memory from attending Northwest Railroad Institute?
The atmosphere of being able to make new friends from all over the country. Also, having the opportunity to learn new skills from a group of highly skilled teachers who all have 20+ years of experience.

What is your favorite thing about your job?
My favorite thing about my job is the opportunity for growth. My company wants us all to become engineers after being a conductor for about a year first to learn the ropes.

What advice would you give future students?
Keep an open mind. Be willing to accept adversity in order to grow and gain knowledge of new skills.