Michael Bartels & James Reisdorff 80 pages softcover
Across the United States in the past three decades, a large number of new short line or "regional" railroads have been formed to operate trackage that no longer fits the economic plans of a larger railroad company. These "spin-offs" use personalized service and lower costs to attract and regain business, offering an alternative to abandonment. One example of this type of rail service in the Midwest, the Nebraska Central Railroad, has since 1993 continued to move what is mostly agrarian-related traffic over a series of former Union Pacific Railroad branch lines. This book will serve as a case study of the dramatic changes in operating methods that took place on one rail line between the decades of the 1960s and the 1990s. "