RAILROAD RENAISSANCE: THE POST-1970 SHORT LINE MOVEMENT

Michael Landry, John Ozment
2001 Essays in Economic and Business History  
Since 1970 and especially since railroad deregulation in 1980, there has been a proliferation of hundreds of new short line rail companies. These railroads range in length from about a mile to more than a thousand miles (those over 350 miles are called "regionals"). They were mainly formed when major Class 1 rail systems spun off marginal trackage. This paperdiscusses the reasons for the short line renaissance.
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