Department of Economics
This report is a summary of the restructuring of South Dakota’s rail-road system between 1976 and 1981 and of a series of six studies on the feasibility of branchline rail service in South Dakota. Each of the six studies examined the economic feasibility of a specific branchline. The line studied were:
1. Andover to Brampton, ND;
2. Roscoe to Linton, ND;
3. Trent to Elk Point;
4. Napa to Platte;
5. Mitchell to Rapid City; and,
6. Blunt to Gettysburg.
The first five lines were abandoned in 1980 by the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Pacific Railroad Company (Milwaukee) during bankruptcy and reorganization proceedings. The sixth is a light density branchline of the Chicago and North Western Transportation Company (C&NW).
South Dakota railroads, South Dakota rail car history, rail car shortages
South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station, South Dakota State University
Lamberton, C. E., "Restructing a Rail System: South Dakota's Experience from 1976-81" (1983). Research Bulletins of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (1887-2011). 693.