Railroad Organizations (A)
American Short Line Railroad Association (ASLRA): A trade association of railroads and suppliers that provides legislative, management, and traffic assistance to short lines.
AAR: Association of American Railroads.
The coordinating and research agency of the American railroad industry.
It is not a government agency but rather an organization to which
railroads belong, much as local businesses belong to a chamber of
ARA: American Railway (or Railroad) Association, a predecessor of the Association of American Railroads.
Railroad Organizations (F)
Federal Railroad Administration (FRA): The agency of the U.S.
Department of Transportation that conducts research and is responsible
for railroad safety.
Railroad Organizations (I)
ICC: Interstate Commerce Commission. The agency of the
federal government that carried out the provisions of the Interstate
Commerce Act and other federal laws regulating interstate
transportation. The agency went out of existence at the end of 1995, and
some of its functions were taken over by the Surface Transportation
Board of the Department of Transportation.
Railroad Organizations (N)
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB): An independent federal agency that investigates serious railroad accidents as well as those in other modes of transportation, conducts special investigation and safety studies, and issues safety recommendations to prevent future accidents.
NORAC: The Northeast Operating Rules Advisory Committee, whose rulebook is used by most railroads in the northeastern U.S.
NRHS: National Railway Historical Society.
NTSB: National Transportation Safety Board. An independent federal agency that investigates serious railroad accidents as well as those in other modes of transportation, conducts special investigation and safety studies, and issues safety recommendations to prevent future accidents.
Railroad Organizations (R)
Railway Express Agency: REA was the latter-day abbreviation adopted by the Railway Express Agency, owned by the private passenger railroads as an umbrella firm to ship packages, etc. on passenger trains. Metal REA signs were typically found on depots. The official name became "REA Express." It withered away as the passenger trains did and as truck and then air shipping companies grew.
RPO: Railway Post Office; a car for the en route sorting of mail (last used in the U.S. in 1977).
Railroad Organizations (S)
STB: Surface Transportation Board. Independent federal agency
housed in the U.S. Department of Transportation that is responsible for
regulatory matters affecting railroads, motor carriers, bus lines,
steamship companies, and other transportation firms engaged in
interstate commerce. Established on January 1, 1996, after the
Interstate Commerce Commission was abolished. The board mediates rate
and service disputes between shippers and transportation companies; and
regulates railroad mergers, line sales, line abandonments, and line
Railroad Organizations (U)
USRA: United States Railroad Administration, the federal
agency that took over operation of almost all U. S. railroads during
World War I; or the United States Railway Association, a U.S. government
corporation formed about 1973 to develop a plan to save the bankrupt
UTU: United Transportation Union. Labor union headquartered in
Cleveland, Ohio representing railroad, bus, and mass transit workers in
the United States and Canada. Railroad industry personnel represented
include conductors, brakemen, switchmen, ground service personnel,
locomotive engineers, hostlers, and yardmasters. Formed in 1969 from the
merger of four previously separate railroad unions.
Related Rail Companies (A)
ADM: Archer-Daniels-Midland, a major agricultural company with more than 13,000 freight cars.
AEP: American Electric Power, a large eastern power plant conglomerate which owns a significant fleet of hopper cars to move coal to many of its plants.
Related Rail Companies (H)
Hill Lines: The original components of Burlington Northern,
which were once controlled by James J. Hill. They were: Chicago,
Burlington & Quincy, Great Northern, Northern Pacific, Spokane,
Portland & Seattle.
Related Rail Companies (M)
Metroliner: Originally a high-speed electric passenger car
developed by the Pennsylvania Railroad and the U.S. Department of
Transportation to improve service between New York and Washington. After
the original passenger cars were downgraded, Amtrak continued to use
the Metroliner name to market its high-speed Northeast Corridor
passenger using other types of equipment. With the extension of
electrified train service from New Haven to Boston, and the introduction
of new higher-speed Acela trainsets in the year 2000, Amtrak retired the Metroliner brand name.
Related Rail Companies (O)
Official Guide: The Official Guide of the Railways and Steam Navigation Lines of the United State, Porto Rico, Canada, Mexico, and Cuba, was a monthly compilation of all the passenger train schedules for North and Central America---and essentially a directory of the railroad companies.
Related Rail Companies (P)
PFE: Pacific Fruit Express.
Related Rail Companies (S)
SEPTA: Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority.
Related Rail Companies (W)
Winton: An early manufacturer of diesel enginess.
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