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Industry Overview

  • Nearly 10,000 Customers
  • 49 States
  • 47,500 Miles of Track
  • Nearly 18,000 Employees
  • Invest 24% of Revenue in Capital & Maintenance
  • $4.63 Billion in Revenue
  • 603 Short Lines
  • 29% of total Track in U.S.

Source: American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association

What is the Industry's Impact?

Short Line and Regional Railroads:

  • Serve a broad mix of industries, and nearly 10,000 customers;
  • Keep jobs and industry local, employing 17,800 railroaders nationwide;
  • Provide cost effective, or the only, transportation to market;
  • Provide the safest mode of transportation;
  • Avert wear and tear on the nation’s highways by keeping heavy goods and congestion from the nation’s aging highway infrastructure;
  • Deliver $4.64 billion in revenue to the U.S. economy;
  • Provided over $83 million in tax revenue in 2015.

Source: American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association

The Short Line Focus and Benefits

Short line railroads are a critical part of the U.S. freight network.
The nation’s 603 short lines provide service for one in five cars moving each year. Operating 47,500 route miles, or 29% of freight rail in the U.S., these small business railroad entities play a vital role in the hub-and-spoke transportation network, providing the connection between farmers, manufacturers and other industries, and ultimately, the consumer. For large areas of rural and small town America, short line and regional railroads are the only way shippers can be directly connected to the national network, helping business and employment stay local.

Short lines are the All-American success story!
Short lines inherited track that had experienced years of deferred maintenance by their previous owners. Most short lines invest a minimum of 25% of their annual revenues in rehabilitation and maintenance, which is far more than almost any other industry in the country. Their ingenuity and investment has created a vibrant industry, serving a critical role in freight movement.

Customer Focus: as the first and last mile of shipment, short lines provide flexibility and responsiveness to the unique needs of each customer

Entrepreneurial Spirit: These small businesses operate the most vulnerable segments of the railroad system. They succeed by competing aggressively for business, and investing significant revenues in rail infrastructure

Connecting Customers to Markets: For large parts of rural and small town America, short line railroads are the only direct connection to eh national rail network.

Source: American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association

What is Our Role in the Freight Network?

Short line and regional railroads are a critical part of the freight transportation network, moving one in 5 carloads annually on the freight rail network. They partner with Class 1s and other short lines to serve the customer. Short lines most often provide first or last mile service for a longer journey. A smaller percentage (10%) are transferred (bridged) from one Class I to another by a short line, and 9% move solely on a short line or regional railroad network.
Source: American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association


  1. Moving freight by rail is 3-5 times more fuel-efficient than moving freight on the highway.
  2. Trains can move one ton of freight over 450 miles on a single gallon of fuel.
  3. One intermodal train can carry the load of more than 280 trucks.
  4. Each bulk and merchandise train can carry the load of up to 500 trucks.
  5. New locomotives can save approximately 12,600 gallons of diesel fuel each year.
  6. Moving freight by rail instead of truck reduces greenhouse gas emission by 75 percent.
  7. If just 10 percent of long-haul freight currently moving by truck moved by rail, it would conserve over 1 BILLION gallons of fuel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 12 million tons each year.

Source: CSX Transportation

Our Management Team has Acquired and Operated over 90+ Short Line Railroads in Six Countries

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