The report provides technical documentation of the research methodology which was developed and employed in order to produce a manual entitled 'Handbook for Preservation of Local Railroad Service'. That document is intended to assist shippers, local and state governmental units, and planners, in their efforts to maintain Class I branch line service or investigate shortline railroad alternatives to such Class I branch line service. Approaches which were considered are grouped generally into two categories: Those which are designed to assure the continuation of currently existing service; and those which will result in a newly-formed independent railroad operation. Discussions of each specific alternative are enhanced by the provisions of case study information where appropriate, and a variety of ideas are presented which relate to the economics of light density rail line operations. In addition, the Handbook provides its readers with a rather unique method for the estimation of railway operating costs which are relevant to the independent railroad alternative.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also report dated Jan 77, PB-272 458.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Southeastern Transportation Center

    University of Tennessee
    309 Conference Center Building
    Knoxville, TN  United States  37996-4133

    Department of Transportation

    Office of University Research, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • PATTON, E P
    • Langley, C J
  • Publication Date: 1977-3

Media Info

  • Pagination: 318 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00167390
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT/TST-77/71 Final Rpt., TC-76-022
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-OS-50125
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 27 1978 12:00AM