Basic railroad organizations deal best with long-haul operations in which transactions are relatively less important than movement. Short-haul railroads tend to be relatively less effective as the volume of transactions and the geographic dispersion increase. The author discusses the departmental and regional concepts of rail management as applied to large short-haul U.S. railroads, noting that merging weak small railroads into large weaker railroads will be ineffective unless management is restructured to deal with the new tasks. The decentralization of management and establishment of local profit centers would produce units of manageable scale and instill an entrepreneurial spirit in managers.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper is from the Proceedings of the 16th Annual Joint Meeting of the Canadian Transportation Research Forum and the Transportation Research Forum, 3-5 November 1975, Toronto, Canada. Complete Volume $20.00.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Cross (Richard B) Company

    Oxford, Indiana,   United States  47971
  • Authors:
    • WYCKOFF, D D
  • Publication Date: 1975

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  • Accession Number: 00127726
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 16 1975 12:00AM