U.S. Rail Database
The U.S. Rail Database is a complete
digital map database of the entire railroad network in the United States. It has
been developed to be used with a desktop mapping system and/or Geographic Information
The database has been developed through extensive industry research. It is continually
updated and reflects all the rail currently in operation. Rail classified as abandoned
is not included in the databases. Railroad company names are updated and represent
all changes resulting from industry mergers and acquisitions.
The U.S. Rail Database consists of a graphical line layer of data that represents
all major and short line railroad companies. The graphical objects, or rail lines,
are linked to a database containing information about the specific rail line, such
- Rail Operators - Rail operators usually
are the owners of the line. In some cases the line may be owned by one entity and
operated by another. Up to three operator fields are used to identify the railroad
companies operating the rail line. The first field contains the primary operator.
Track Rights - Track rights indicate that a railroad company has an agreement
to operate their trains over a specific rail line owned by another company. Up to
three fields are used to identify the companies that have track rights over a particular
stretch of rail.
Passenger - If applicable, one field is appointed to identify the passenger
service operating over the rail line.
For more information, see U.S.
Rail Database white paper.
The database is a comprehensive railroad database
for viewing and mapping rail lines with associated information about the rail line.
Common uses for the database include:
- Planning - conduct your rate & schedule analysis
- Route Studies - determine the most efficient
- Consulting - customize maps for your clients
- Emergency Response - HazMat emergency response
- Market Studies - conduct your own real estate
- Fleet Management - add your own data for
each station location your fleet uses. ROW maintenance and inventory