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short line

a bus or rail route covering only a limited distance.
Origin of short line
1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Below that level, it will be a candidate for being spun off to a short line operator or being abandoned.
  • The faults of a short line are jerkiness and excessive compression.
  • The symbol consists of three parts: a long line, a short line, and a number.
  • These two giant railroads have either abandoned their branch lines or sold or leased them to short line railroads.
  • My company is planning to purchase a branch line from a major railroad, and operate it as a short line.

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