Throughout the United States, there is an accelerating abandonment of redundant and/or unprofitable light density railroad lines. This abandonment can be economically harmful to both the shippers and the communities that were previously served. Although greater dependence upon truck transportation is a viable alternative in many cases, other situations indicate that the greatest priority should be attached to preserving some form of local railroad service. The objective of this research was to develop a Handbook to assist shippers, local and state governments, and rail planners when their Class I rail service is scheduled for abandonment. Two major options are detailed in the Handbook. The first regards innovative procedures which may be used by local groups in attempting to preserve service by the existing Class I carrier. The second approach considers the alternative of operating the particular line as an independent railroad.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored by the Office of University Research U.S. DOT. Project Monitor for this research was Mr. T. Murphy, U.S. DOT.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Southeastern Transportation Center

    University of Tennessee
    309 Conference Center Building
    Knoxville, TN  United States  37996-4133
  • Authors:
    • PATTON, E P
    • Langley Jr, C J
  • Publication Date: 1977-1

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 114 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00164444
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-TST-77-34 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-OS-50125
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 9 1977 12:00AM