- a bus or rail route covering only a limited distance.
Origin of short line
First recorded in 1850–55
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Examples from the Web for short line
In truth the short-line railroad is sinking into a state of coma.
One of the earliest forms of short-line instruments was called the dial-telegraph.Electricity and Magnetism
The position of the short-line railroad in our rail transport debacle is even worse than that of his bigger brothers.
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.Railroads: Rates and Regulations
William Z. Ripley