The information here features most Class III carriers operating throughout the United States and they have been conveniently broken down by state. I hope to eventually feature many of these in more detail but for now with several either having their own, or one dedicated to them, website/web page, just click on their respective link to learn more about each. The guide is compiled in alphabetical order by state and I hope you find it useful and helpful, particularly if you are planning a railfan outing and are interested in knowing where a shortline operation or two can found in a particular area.
Alabama Short Line Railroad Guide
Jefferson Warrior Railroad: Headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama.
Terminal Railway-Alabama State Docks : Headquartered in Mobile, Alabama.
Arizona Short Line Railroad Guide
Arizona Eastern Railway: 5903 Calle De Loma, Miami, AZ 85539. Phone 928-473-2447.
Bauxite & Northern Railway: Cyanamid Road, P. O. Box 138 Bauxite, AR 72011.
Arkansas Short Line Railroad Guide
Dardanelle & Russellville Railroad: 4416 S. Arkansas Avenue, Russellville, Arkansas 72801.
DeQueen & Eastern Railroad: 412 East Lockesburg Street, DeQueen, Arkansas 71832.
Fordyce & Princeton Railroad: P. O. Box 757, Crossett, Arkansas 71635.
Little Rock & Western Railway: 306 West Choctaw Avenue, P.O. Box 146 Perry, Arkansas 72125.
Texas, Oklahoma & Eastern Railroad: Headquartered in DeQueen, Arkansas.
California Short Line Railroad Guide
Oakland Terminal RailwayHeadquartered in Oakland, California.
Quincy Railroad: Headquartered in Quincy, California.
Colorado Short Line Railroad Guide
Great Western Railway: Operates an industrial park between Windsor and Greeley, Colorado.
Colorado Wyoming Railway: Headquartered in Pueblo, Colorado.
Connecticut Short Line Railroad Guide
Housatonic Railroad: Headquarted in Canaan, Connecticut.
Delaware Short Line Railroad Guide
Delaware Coast Line Railroad: 332 Weiner Avenue, Harrington, Delaware 19952-1141. Phone 302-398-0100.
Florida Short Line Railroad Guide
Apalachicola Northern Railroad: Headquartered in Port St. Joe, Florida.
Bay Line Railroad: Located in Panama City, Florida.
Port of Manatee Railroad: Headquartered in Port Manatee, Florida.
Georgia Short Line Railroad Guide
Georgia & Florida Railway: 1019 Coastline Avenue, Albany, Georgia 31705
Sandersville Railroad: 1700 Waco Mill Road, Sandersville, Georgia 31082. Phone 478-553-0276.
Idaho Short Line Railroad Guide
Illinois Short Line Railroad Guide
Crab Orchard & Egyptian Railroad: 514 North Market Street, Marion, Illinois 62959.
Illinois RailNet: 430 W. Madison Street, Ottawa Illinois 61350.
Illinois & Midland Railroad: P. O. Box 139, Springfield, Illinios 62705.
Kankakee, Beaverville & Southern Railroad: P. O. Box 119, Iroquois, Illinios 60912.
Manufacturers Junction Railway: Headquartered in Cicero, Illinois.
South Chicago & Indiana Harbor Railway: Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio but operates in and around the Greater Chicago area.
Tazewell & Peoria Railroad: Headquartered in Creve Coeur, Illinois.
Indiana Short Line Railroad Guide
Lake Michigan and Indiana Railroad: 250 W. U.S. Highway 12, Burns Harbor, Indiana 46304.
Louisville New Albany & Corydon Railroad: Phone 812-738-1147 or 812-267-2745.
Iowa Short Line Railroad Guide
Kansas Short Line Railroad Guide
Dodge City, Ford & Bucklin Railway: Headquartered in Dodge City, Kansas.
Hutchinson & Northern Railway: 1662 Avenue N Hutchinson, Kansas 67554.
Kentucky Short Line Railroad Guide
Lexington & Ohio Railroad: 443C Lexington Road, Versailles, Kentucky 40383.
Louisiana Short Line Railroad Guide
Acadiana Railway Company: 1224 Cortez, P. O. Box 1729 Opelousas, LA 70571.
Louisiana & North West Railroad: 210 West Main Homer, Louisiana.
Maine Short Line Railroad Guide
Maryland Short Line Railroad Guide
Georges Creek Railway: Headquartered in Westernport, Maryland.
Patapsco & Back Rivers Railroad: Headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland.
Massachusetts Short Line Railroad Guide
Massachusetts Central Railroad: 850 South Barre Road, Barre, Massachusetts 01005. Phone 978-355-0029.
Michigan Short Line Railroad Guide
Lake Superior & Ishpeming Railroad: Headquartered in Marquette, Michigan.
Minnesota Short Line Railroad Guide
Cloquet Terminal Railroad: 315 St. Louis Avenue, Cloquet, MN 55720
Minnesota, Dakota & Western Railway: P.O. Box 19, International Falls, Minnesota 56649.
Wisconsin Northern Railroad: Headquartered in Lakeville, Minnesota.
Mississippi Short Line Railroad Guide
Meridian & Bigbee Railroad: Headquartered in Meridian, Mississippi.
Tishomingo Railroad: Headquartered in Iuka, Mississippi.
Missouri Short Line Railroad Guide
Montana Short Line Railroad Guide
Nebraska Short Line Railroad Guide
Nebkota Railway: 111 North Main, Chadron, Nebraska 69337.
Nebraska, Kansas & Colorado Railnet: Headquartered in Grant, Nebraska.
Nebraska Northeastern Railway: P.O. Box 26, Osmond, Nebraska 68765.
Sidney & Lowe Railroad: Headquartered in Sidney, Nebraska.
New Hampshire Short Line Railroad Guide
New England Southern Railroad: Headquartered in Concord, New Hampshire.
New England Central Railroad: Headquartered in St. Albans, Vermont.
New Hampshire Northcoast Corp: Headquartered in Ossipee, New Hampshire.
New Jersey Short Line Railroad Guide
New York & Greenwood Lake Railway: P. O. Box 106 Glen Ridge, New Jersey 07028.
Southern Railroad Company Of New Jersey
New Mexico Short Line Railroad Guide
New York Short Line Railroad Guide
Albany Port Railroad: Located at the Port of Albany; Albany, New York.
Arcade & Attica Railroad: 278 Main Street Arcade, NY 14009.
Batten Kill Railroad
Depew, Lancaster & Western Railroad: 8364 Lewiston Road, Batavia, NY 14020.
Kodak Park Railroad: Owned by the Eastman Kodak Company and services the Kodak Park in Rochester, New York.
Lowville & Beaver Railroad Railroad
Massena Terminal Railroad: P. O. Box 347, Massena, New York 13662.
Middletown and New Jersey Railway: 140 East Main Street, Middletown, New York 10940.
South Buffalo Railway
North Carolina Short Line Railroad Guide
Atlantic & Western railway: 317 Chatham Street Sanford, North Carolina 27331.
Laurinburg & Southern Railroad: Headquartered in Laurinburg, North Carolina.
Pee Dee River Railway: Headquartered in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Wilmington Terminal Railroad: Headquartered in Wilmington, North Carolina.
North Dakota Short Line Railroad Guide
Ohio Short Line Railroad Guide
Akron Barberton Cluster Railway: A subsidiary of the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway.
Cleveland Works Railway: 3175 Independence Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44105.
Flats Industrial Railroad: 1757 Columbus Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44113.
Mahoning Valley Railway: P. O. Box 589, Campbell, Ohio 44405.
Ohio & Pennsylvania: Part of the Ohio Central System.
Oklahoma Short Line Railroad Guide
Arkansas & Oklahoma Railroad: P.O. Box 366, 103 South Central Wilburton, OK 74578.
Blackwell Northern Gateway Railroad: 1910 W. Furguson Blackwell, OK 74631. Phone 580-789-4534.
Port of Muskogee: Serves the Porf of Muskogee, Oklahoma.
Oregon Short Line Railroad Guide
Great Western Railway: Headquartered in Lakeview, Oregon.
Pennsylvania Short Line Railroad Guide
Brandywine Valley Railroad: Located in Coatesville, Pennsylvania.
Chestnut Ridge Railway Company: 401 Delaware Avenue Palmerton, Pennsylvania 18071.
Conemaugh & Black Lick Railroad: 825 Iron Street, Johnstown, Pennsylvania 15906.
East Erie Commercial Railroad: 1030 Lawrence Parkway, Erie, Pennsylvania 16511.
Knox & Kane Railroad: Headquartered in New Castle, Pennsylvania.
Luzerne & Susquehanna Railroad: Headquartered in Exeter, Pennslyvania.
Lycoming Valley Railroad: Headquartered in Northumberland, Pennslyvania.
New Castle Industrial Railroad: Headquartered in New Castle, Pennsylvania.
Philadelphia, Bethlehem & New England Railroad: Headquartered in Bethelem, Pennsylvania.
Pittsburgh, Allegheny & McKees Rocks Railroad: Headquartered in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania.
Steelton & Highspire Railroad: Headquartered in Steelton, Pennsylvania.
Turtle Creek Industrial Railroad: Headquartered in Export, Pennsylvania. Phone 724-327-0280.
Tyburn Railroad: Headquartered in Morrisville, Pennsylvania.
Upper Merion & Plymouth Railroad: Headquartered in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.
Rhode Island Short Line Railroad Guide
South Carolina Short Line Railroad Guide
South Dakota Short Line Railroad Guide
Dakota & Iowa Railroad: Headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Dakota Southern Railway: Headquartered in Chamberlain, South Dakota.
Ellis & Eastern Railroad: 1201 W. Russell, Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57104.
Sisseton- Milbank Railroad: Headquartered in Sisseton, South Dakota.
SunFlour Railroad: Located between Rosholt and Veblen, South Dakota.
Tennessee Short Line Railroad Guide
Caney Fork & Western Railroad: 132 Bridge Street McMinnville, Tennessee 37110.
Conecuh Valley Railroad: Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee.
East Tennessee Railway: PO Box 1479, Johnson City, Tennessee 37605.
Knoxville & Holston River Railroad: 401 Henley Street Suite 2, Knoxville Tennessee 37902.
KWT Railway: Headquartered in Paris, Tennessee.
Sequatchie Valley Railroad: Headquartered in Bridgeport, Alabama.
Tennken Railroad: Headquartered in Dyersburg, Tennessee.
Tennessee Southern Railroad: Headquartered in Mt. Pleasant, Tennessee.
Walking Horse & Eastern Railroad: Headquartered in Shelbyville, Tennessee.
West Tennessee Railroad: Headquartered in Trenton, Tennessee.
Wiregrass Central Railroad: Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Texas Short Line Railroad Guide
Border Pacific Railroad: Headquartered in Rio Grande City, Texas.
Corpus Christi Terminal: Located at the Port of Corpus Christi.
Galveston Railroad: P. O. Box 1108, 37th and Old Industrial Blvd., Galveston, Texas.
GWI Switching Services: Headquartered in Dayton, Texas.
Point Comfort & Northern Railway: Headquartered in Lolita, Texas.
Rockdale, Sandow & Southern Railroad: Headquartered in Rockdale, Texas.
Texas Central Business Lines: Headquartered in Waxahachie, Texas.
Utah Short Line Railroad Guide
Salt Lake Garfield & Western Railway: Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Vermont Short Line Railroad Guide
Virginia Short Line Railroad Guide
Bay Coast Railroad: Located in Cape Charles, Virginia.
Commonwealth Railway: 1136 Progress Road, Suffolk, Virginia 23434
Washington Short Line Railroad Guide
West Virginia Short Line Railroad Guide
West Virgina Southern Railroad: Part of the RJ Corman System, operates a coal branch near Thurmond, West Virginia.
Wisconsin Short Line Railroad Guide
Tomahawk Railway: Headquartered in Tomahawk, Wisconsin.
For more reading on shortlines like those listed above consider the book American Shortline Railway Guide from author Ed Lewis. The book has gone through several updated editions to keep up with the ever-changing world of the shortline industry. Today, the publication highlights almost 600 shortlines across the country with general background information about each (such as roster information, rail line history, radio frequencies, etc.). If you have any interest in shortlines you will very likely enjoy this book. If you're interested in perhaps purchasing this book please visit the link below which will take you to ordering information through Amazon.com, the trusted online shopping network.