Call for entries: Railway Age 2019 Short Line/Regional Railroad of the Year

Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
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Lake State Railway, Railway Age’s 2018 Short Line of the Year.

Railway Age is now accepting entries for its annual Short Line/Regional Railroad of the Year competition. Class II and III railroads are invited to submit entries describing outstanding achievement in one or a combination of areas.

Small roads in Mexico, the U.S. and Canada are eligible for an award. Our 2019 winners will be recognized at the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) Annual Connections Convention in Orlando, Fla., April 6-9, 2019. Articles describing their achievements will appear in Railway Age’s March 2019 issue, which will be distributed at the show. Railway Age will work with the winners to publicize the awards in online and national media.

“One could use the phrase ‘grass roots’ to define the service provided by short line and regional railroads, which meet truly local needs and drive economic activity at the local level,” says Railway Age Editor-in-Chief William C. Vantuono. “They have an important role in shaping and even shifting North America’s economy. That’s because short lines and regional railroads are innovators when it comes to turnaround situations, consistent excellence, streamlined operations, efficient maintenance, marketing, customer service, enhanced productivity, community relations, and safety improvement.”

The entry deadline is Friday, February 8, 2019. Submit entries to William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief, Railway Age, 55 Broad Street, 26th floor, New York, NY 10004; E-mail: [email protected].

Download an entry form.

Indiana Rail Road, Railway Age’s 2018 Regional of the Year

PREVIOUS HONOREES

2018

Short Line: Lake State Railway

Regional: Indiana Rail Road

2017

Short Line: North Shore Railroad

Regional: Conrail

2016

Short Line: New Orleans & Gulf Coast

Regional: Central Maine & Quebec

2015

Short Line: Palmetto Railways

Regional: Reading & Northern Railroad Co

2014

Short Line: Coos Bay Rail Link

Regional: Arkansas & Missouri Railroad

2013

Short Line: Gardendale Railroad

Regional: Montana Rail Link

2012

Short Line: Vermont Railway

Regional: Indiana Rail Road Co.

2011

Short Line: Blacklands Railroad

Regional: Reading & Northern Railroad Co.

2010

Short Line: Greenville & Western Railway Co., LLC

Regional: Northern Plains Railroad, Inc.

2009

Short Line: Pacific Harbor Line

Regional: Wisconsin & Southern Railroad

2008

Short Line: Twin Cities & Western Railroad Co.

Regional: South Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad

2007

Short Line: R.J. Corman West Virginia Line

Regional: Florida East Coast Railway

2006

Short Line: Georgia Midland Railroad

Regional: Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad

2005

Short Line: Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Railway Company

Regional: Red River Valley & Western Railroad Company

2004

Short Line: Nittany & Bald Eagle Railroad Company

Regional: Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Company

2003

Short Line: San Joaquin Valley Railroad

Regional: Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad

2002

Short Line: Winchester & Western

Regional: Reading Blue Mountain & Northern

2001

Short Line: South Buffalo Railway

Regional: Wisconsin & Southern Railroad

2000

Short Line: Arkansas Midland

Regional: Bessemer & Lake Erie

1999

Short Line: South Central Florida Express

Regional: Providence and Worchester

1998

Short Line: St. Lawrence & Atlantic

Regional: Texas-Mexican

1997

Short Line: Livonia, Avon & Lakeville

Regional: Red River Valley & Western

Award of Merit: Central Oregon & Pacific

1996

Short Line: Philadelphia, Bethlehem & New England

Regional: Bangor & Aroostook

Award of Merit: Union Railroad

1995

Short Line: New England Central

Short Line Award of Merit: Cedar Rapids & Iowa City

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