Latest Development in Transporting Coal by Rail

by Richard N. Bergstrom,
Kenneth W. Hamming,

Serial Information: Journal of the Power Division, 1965, Vol. 91, Issue 1, Pg. 81-94

Document Type: Journal Paper


Improved handling of coal trains to eliminate delays enroute have been effected by the use of unit trains. Coal transportation costs in some cases have been reduced from $3.07 per ton to $1.47 per ton. Arrangement of trains have used swivel couplers to allow cars to be dumped in rotary dumpers without uncoupling the train. In other cases it has been possible to effect similar saving, although it was necessary to handle the coal with bottom dump cars. These developments improved the competitive position of coal in the energy field.

Subject Headings: Rail transportation | Railroad trains | Coal | Freight transportation | Coupling | Automobiles

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