There is one major prerequisite for unit train service. High volumes of coal are needed to make the operation both practical and economical. Many existing or potential coal users are too small to directly benefit from the cost savings and reliability of unit train service. If the demand for coal by a number of small users in a region could be aggregated so that the resulting volume was high enough to justify a unit train service, the users of the region could well be served through a single unit train receiving facility. Thus, coal users individually too small to receive unit train shipments could capture cost savings associated with a larger volume operation. It is the intent of this thesis to study the feasibility of such an operation, hereafter referred to as a coal brokerage. The specific purpose is to develop and present an analytical framework for evaluating the long-run economic feasibility of a coal brokerage for a region. The analysis views the brokerage operator, or broker, as a firm, and focuses on the relationships between its long-run cost function and market demand function for coal. (ERA citation 05:034519)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Argonne National Laboratory

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    Northwestern University, Evanston

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    Department of Energy

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  • Authors:
    • Wilkie, K
    • Vezeris, S
  • Publication Date: 1980-8

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  • Pagination: 104 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00328718
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Thesis
  • Contract Numbers: W-31-109-ENG-38
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 15 1981 12:00AM