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Trucks are not the only way to move freight around the country. Apparel, footwear, fabrics, etc., can move by train.
In the United States, a regional railroad is a railroad company that is not Class I, but still has a substantial amount of traffic or trackage (and is thus not a short line). The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has defined the lower bound as 350 miles (560 km) of track or $40 million in annual operating revenue. (The Class I threshold is $250 million, adjusted for inflation since 1991.)
A shortline railroad is a small or mid-sized railroad company that operates over a relatively short distance relative to larger, national railroad networks. The term is used primarily in the United States and Canada. In the U.S., railroads are categorized by operating revenue, and most shortline railroads fall into the Class III or Class II categorization defined by the Surface Transportation Board. Shortlines generally exist for one of three reasons: to link two industries requiring rail freight together (for example, a gypsum mine and a wall board factory, or a coal mine and a power plant); to interchange revenue traffic with other, usually larger, railroads; or to operate a tourist passenger train service. Often, short lines exist for all three of these reasons.
Shipping Industry B2B Directory - Regional & Shortlines.
Note: we don't track the revenue for this companies each year. So, we can't promise that they still technically fall into the "regional" or "short lines" categories. You will have to do your own further research.
RailAmerica, Inc.: RailAmerica, Inc., owns leading short line and regional railroads providing rail service to customers across North America. In 2008 RailAmerica relocated its Corporate Office to Jacksonville, Florida. The Company's 45 affiliated railroads operate in 28 states and 3 Canadian provinces with approximately 7,500 miles of track.
You may find the following transportation & freight relevant topics of interest:
|Ocean Freight Lines|
|Ocean Freight Schedules|
|Rail Road Freight|
|Shipping Industry Associations|
|Material Handling Equipment|
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