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Shortline railroads are the often overlooked, always interesting smaller railroads in North America. Let's hear it for the little guys. All photographs welcome!
A Class III railroad, or a short line railroad, is a rail company with an annual operating revenue of less than $20 million (1991 dollars). Class III railroads are typically local short line railroads, either serving a small number of towns and industries or hauling cars for one or more larger railroads. Many Class III railroads were once branch lines of larger railroads that were spun off, or portions of mainlines that had been abandoned. Most Class III railroads are owned by railroad holding companies, such as Genesee & Wyoming and Gulf & Ohio Railways
To better help understand what railroads are accepted in this group, here is a list of railroads NOT accepted as they re considered Class 1s --
For the purpose of this group, we also accept Class II photographs such as Florida East Coast.
But if you have any doubt about what Class of railroad it is, feel free to either send me a message through FAA or just post the work for moderator review.
There was recently a contest sponsored by this group called Train On A Bridge. It was not limited to Shortline Railroads. The winners, counted down in Casey Kasem fashion, were --
There was a tie between seven images for third place. Since I felt that was too many to display on the front page, I used my role as admin of both the group and contest to cast the tie breaking vote. All of the images that got votes can be found here