Shortline Railroad Operation - IBISWorld Industry Market Research

Shortline Railroad Operation

Shortline Railroad Operation - IBISWorld Industry Market Research
Shortline Railroad Operation
Published Aug 15, 2014
37 pages — Published Aug 15, 2014
Price US$ 910.00  |  Buy this Report Now

About This Report


The Shortline Railroad Operation industry comprises railroads that primarily handle the switching of Class 1 railroad cars, forming an important part of the short-range logistics of long-distance rail transport. Like the other rail industries, demand is tied closely to the performance of the economy at large, particularly the mining, agricultural and manufacturing sectors. Thus, the recession caused industry revenue to fall sharply in 2008 and 2009; with the uptick in downstream markets in 2010, the industry recovered quickly. Changing environmental concerns, however, such as the trend away from coal and toward natural gas, may damage the industry's long-term prospects.

Industry operators fall into two categories: local railroads and switching and terminal railroads. Local railroads are line-haul railroads that generate less than $34.7 million in operating revenue. Switching & Terminal railroads are those jointly owned by two parties to facilitate the transferring of cars between railroads. By conventional standards, all Class III railroads are called shortline railroad operators why Class II operators are referred to as regional railroads.

The report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecast, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.

Document ID
Report Type
US Special Collection
PDF Adobe Acrobat
Buy Now

IBISWorld Industry Market Research—IBISWorld is a leading strategic business information provider that offers comprehensive information on more than 700 US industries covering 4,000 individual product segments. They also provide global industry and industry risk rating reports covering Australia, the United Kingdom and China. IBISWorld data offers detailed analysis on growth trends, the competitive environment and key issues. Reports average 30 to 40 pages and contain figures; market characteristics; product, market and service segmentation; industry conditions, current and historical performance analysis; risk scores; industry participants and market share; factors to success; and 5-year forecasts with forecast analysis.

About the Author

Cite this Report

IBISWorld Industry Market Research. "Shortline Railroad Operation" Aug 15, 2014. Alacra Store. Jun 25, 2018. <>
IBISWorld Industry Market Research. (2014). Shortline Railroad Operation Aug 15, 2014. New York, NY: Alacra Store. Retrieved Jun 25, 2018 from <>
US$ 910.00
$  £  
Have a Question?

Any questions about the report you're considering? Our Customer Service Team can help! Or visit our FAQs.

More Research

Search all our Market Research from one place.