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140,000-Mile Private Rail Network Delivers for America’s Economy

Class II and Class III (Short Line and Regional Railroads)

Class II and Class III, or short line and regional, railroads account for 31 percent of U.S. freight rail mileage and 10 percent of employees. The more than 550 short line and regional railroads operate in every U.S. state except Hawaii and often feed traffic to Class I railroads and receive traffic from Class I railroads for final delivery. AAR counts several short line and regional railroads among its membership including Iowa Interstate RailroadVermont Railway, and Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway as well as the railroads owned by Anacostia & Pacific CompanyGenesee and Wyoming, and Watco Companies, Inc.