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RAILROAD RENAISSANCE: THE POST-1970 SHORT LINE MOVEMENT

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Author(s): Michael Landry | John Ozment

Journal: Essays in Economic & Business History
ISSN 0896-226X

Volume: 19;
Issue: 1;
Date: 2001;
Original page

ABSTRACT
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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