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Title:American Short Line Railroad Database: Project Report and 1993 Data Analysis
Authors:Denver Tolliver, Douglas Benson, Brian Lindamood, and Ravi Korlimarla
Publication Date:Feb 1995
Report #:MPC-95-42
Project #:MPC-024
Type:Research Report – MPC Publications



This project is a completed three-year study of American short line railroad data systems. It consisted of three phases: (1) a feasibility study; (2) initial database design, development, and testing; and (3) 1993 data collection and analysis. Phase I consisted of six major tasks: 1) establish a project advisory committee and refine the research apporach; 20 ; 2) identify, describe and evaluate existing collection, distribution and use of class II and III railroad data; 3) ascertain what types of data the industry desires to voluntarily report and have maintained; 4) stratify the industry according to economic and operational characteristics and other relevant criteria; 5) develop a list of candidate data elements that could be voluntarily reported by the industry; and 6) recommend a set of data elements to be voluntarily reported on an annual basis by the various types of railroads, a private organization to maintain the data, and a method for distributing the data. In Phase II a prototype software system was designed, developed, and tested. In Phase III, 1993 data were collected from the railroad industry, using the data entry software and a paper questionnaire.

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