interurban railroad

interurban railroad
Literally a railroad running between cities, but known more particularly as a railroad line of limited extent in length, making use of electric passenger cars quite similar to streetcars. 44 Am J1st RR § 7. A means of transportation which became widely established with the advent and extended use of electric passenger cars, but has since been almost completely replaced in the United States by busses. Partaking somewhat of the nature of an ordinary railroad and of a street railway, resembling the former when operated on its private right of way, outside the traveled portion of a public highway, and the latter when operating over a public street. 44 Am J1st RR § 7. More in the nature of a railroad than a street railway. Louisville & N. R. Co. v Anchors, 114 Ala 492, 227 So 279. See commercial railroad.

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