Tips on how to make short lines flourish include: choosing an area where the people can see that the railroad works and is providing a valuable service to the community; being the only railroad in the area; building credibility with the Class I line-haul operation, developing a cooperative relationship with it and working closely with it on tariffs, contracts and freight car usage policies; paying attention to customers and their needs; and choosing a line that is in good condition so that major expenditures do not have to be put out early in the game. Public ownership of rights-of-way and political ties are also important keys to success.

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 31-34
  • Serial:
    • Modern Railroads
    • Volume: 45
    • Issue Number: 13
    • Publisher: K-III Press, Incorporated
    • ISSN: 0736-2064

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  • Accession Number: 00496870
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 31 1990 12:00AM