Branch line facts for kids
A branch line is a secondary railway line. It links to a more important route, usually a main line. A very short branch line may be called a spur line. David Blyth Hanna, the first president of the Canadian National Railway, said that although most branch lines cannot pay for themselves, they are essential to make main lines pay.
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Conrail Shared Assets Operations' Hainesport Industrial Track is a prime example of a freight branch line. This line sees one short freight train a day primarily to serve a paper mill, industrial park, and lumber yard in Mount Laurel, Hainesport, and Mount Holly, New Jersey, respectively. The nearest main line railroad is roughly six miles (9.65 km) from where this photography was taken.
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