short line



a bus or rail route covering only a limited distance.

Origin of short line

First recorded in 1850–55 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for short line

Historical Examples of short line

  • In truth the short-line railroad is sinking into a state of coma.

    Our Railroads To-Morrow

    Edward Hungerford

  • One of the earliest forms of short-line instruments was called the dial-telegraph.

  • The position of the short-line railroad in our rail transport debacle is even worse than that of his bigger brothers.

    Our Railroads To-Morrow

    Edward Hungerford

  • Furnivall prints this in long lines with internal rime, which of itself seems to form the short-line stanza from the long lines.

    English Verse

    Raymond MacDonald Alden, Ph.D.

  • Each appears to be naturally tributary to some one of the seaports by a dominant or short-line route.