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1. Railway tracks.
a. The right of one railroad company to use the track system of another.
b. The charge for this right.
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a collective term for the railway tracks in general, or those in a given area or belonging to a particular company, etc
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(ˈtræk ɪdʒ)

1. the whole quantity of track owned by a railroad.
2. the right of one railroad company to use the tracks of another.
[1875–80, Amer.]
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 railway lines collectively, 1884.
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For instance, after the Union Pacific/Southern Pacific railroad merger, shippers might perceive a lack of competition, despite trackage rights awarded to Burlington Northern/Santa Fe.
Two regional systems added substantial trackage, Wisconsin Central (668 miles) in northern Wisconsin and Michigan, and Dakota Minnesota and Eastern (214 miles).
Cedar Rapids & Iowa None 76 52 1904 City Railway Keokuk Junction Santa Fe 21 127(*) 1981 Railway Cedar River Illinois Central 8 124 1992 Railroad(**) * 90 miles consists of trackage rights on the Toledo, Peoria & Western Railway from La Harpe, Illinois to Peoria, Illinois.
Since yard trackage is the least substitutable and most fixed component in a terminal, the research considered track to be a controlling capacity and used it to determine the extent to which statistical economies arise.
134 (1946), in which it held that the host railroad could not evict the grantee railroad, as provided by the trackage rights agreement, absent the ICC's abandonment authorization, and Smith v.
Given the expressed desire of the major railroads to spin off additional trackage, undoubtedly more new small and regional carriers will be formed.