SHORT LINE RAILROAD OPERATIONS AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO LOSS OF RAIL SERVICE: PROS AND CONS

The report asserts the probability of future widespread abandonments of branchline rail freight service. It stipulates the circumstances in which abandonments are most likely to occur, and assesses the negative impacts that may result. It is suggested that short line railroad operations may be an alternative to the complete loss of rail service. The report describes the savings that may accrue through a changeover from major railroad ownership to short line operation. Alternative institutional and financial mechanisms for establishing and operating short line roads are discussed. A broad description of capital and operating costs is given. Finally, several examples are provided of successful short line operations in the United States.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared in cooperation with Council of State Governments, Lexington, Ky.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Wisconsin Department of Transportation

    4802 Sheboygan Avenue, P.O. Box 7910
    Madison, WI  United States  53707-7910

    Federal Railroad Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Council of State Governments

    Iron Works Pike
    Lexington, KY  United States  40505
  • Authors:
    • Due, J F
  • Publication Date: 1976-4

Media Info

  • Pagination: 44 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00137037
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FR-40025
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 23 1976 12:00AM