Western mainline tonnage growth: 1979 to 2001

We know railroad traffic has grown, but by how much? And where? And which lines have done the best, and which the worst? Our map compares Western main lines in 1979 and 2001.

This Map of the Month was featured in the June 2003 issue of  Trains magazine.

We know railroads experienced a lot of traffic growth since they were deregulated in 1980, but where? And more importantly, which lines did better or worse than average?

This map of western main lines compares the growth rate in tonnage between 1979, the last full year prior to deregulation, and 2001.

Railroads featured in this map:
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe; Burlington Northern; Chicago & North Western; Denver & Rio Grande Western; Duluth, Winnipeg & Pacific; Illinois Central Gulf; Kansas City Southern; Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific; Missouri-Kansas-Texas; Missouri Pacific; Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific; St. Louis-San Francisco; Soo Line; Texas Mexican; Union Pacific; Western Pacific

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