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English definition of “short-line railroad”

short-line railroad

noun [C] uk   /ˌʃɔːt.laɪnˈreɪl.rəʊd/ us    /ˌʃɔːrt.laɪnˈreɪl.roʊd/ ( also short-line railway,   /ˌʃɔːt.laɪnˈreɪl.weɪ/    /ˌʃɔːrt-/)
US a railway company that operates over a fairly small area
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