Reference Materials

The National Short Line Railroad Database Project, 1996-1997

  • 01
  • Oct
  • 1997
SUBJECT: Railroad System Oversight
KEYWORDS: Data and Information Technology; Railroads; Vehicles and Equipment;
ABSTRACT: This project is dedicated toward creating an annual information base on short line and regional railroads. Due to the ever faster changing railroad system, the value of such information is becoming increasingly important. The collected data is a viable tool for depicting industry trends and providing industry bench marks for policy makers, railroad managers, financiers, potential suppliers, and transportation agencies. Three years of collection and analysis of this data is complete, with another year in process. In this report, techniques for collecting short line information by mail and electronically are discussed. Also included in this report are an in depth look at some of the statistical analysis techniques and reporting methods used.