Regional railroad

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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.[1] (The Class I threshold is $250 million, adjusted for inflation since 1991.[2])

List of regional railroads[edit]

The following railroads were classified as regional by the AAR in 2007.[3]

Railroad Mileage Notes
Alabama and Gulf Coast Railway 348
Alaska Railroad 506
Buffalo and Pittsburgh Railroad 729
Central Maine and Quebec Railway 481 Purchased by Canadian Pacific Railway in 2020[citation needed]
Central Oregon and Pacific Railroad 389
Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad 1100 Purchased by Canadian Pacific Railway in 2008[citation needed]
Dakota, Missouri Valley and Western Railroad 523
Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway 164 Purchased by Canadian National Railway in 2009[citation needed]
Florida East Coast Railway 386
Florida Gulf & Atlantic Railroad 430
Great Lakes Central Railroad 400
Indiana Rail Road 155
Indiana and Ohio Railway 560
Iowa, Chicago and Eastern Railroad 1361 Purchased by Canadian Pacific Railway in 2008[citation needed]
Iowa Interstate Railroad 592
Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad 869
Kyle Railroad 554
Missouri and Northern Arkansas Railroad 583
Montana Rail Link 905 Acquired by BNSF Railway in 2022[citation needed]
Nebraska Kansas Colorado Railway 509
New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway 357
Northern Plains Railroad 344
Paducah and Louisville Railway 290
Pan Am Railways 1165 Purchased by CSX Transportation in 2020[citation needed]
Pan Am Southern 437 Purchased by CSX Transportation in 2020[citation needed]
Portland and Western Railroad 587
Providence and Worcester Railroad 568
Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad 300
Red River Valley and Western Railroad 575
San Joaquin Valley Railroad 351
South Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad 398
Texas Northeastern Railroad 665
Texas Pacifico Transportation 393
Utah Railway 430
Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway 878
Wisconsin and Southern Railroad 837


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