You Can't Stop a Good Short Line: By Focusing on Three Segments of the Business- Commercial, Operational, and Financial- These Short Lines Will Thrive

This article provides a detailed overview of how short lines thrive, with a focus on their commercial, operational, and financial strategies. The author provides thumbnail sketches of the Columbus & Greenville, which runs 242 miles in Mississippi; the Timber Rock Railroad, which operates in southeast Texas; the Mississippian Railway in northeastern Mississippi, the Eastern Idaho, whose route includes 270 miles in southeastern Idaho; the Dallas, Garland & Northeastern, which runs 187 miles northeast of Dallas, the Bloomer Line in central Illinois; the Buffalo & Pittsburgh, whose route runs over 750 miles of track in Pennsylvania and New York; the Illinois & Midland in central Illinois; and the Livonia, Avon & Lakeville, a 29.5-mile route in western New York. The author points out that short lines are integral parts of the North American rail system. Class 1s are growing, while trucking companies are losing traction. The author concentrates on the success of the Watco Company, which owns and operates 16 shortline railroads in 14 states.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 32-41
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01050280
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 3 2007 3:12PM