Access to rail: some issues relating to economics of size in rolling stock operations

Economic issues concerning access to railway tracks are considered in this paper. The policy background to access arrangements to rail is presented. Conceptual issues concerning access provision and size economies are reviewed. This review suggests that the presence of economies of size in the rolling stock operation may differ between type of transport service offered. Models for costing rail passenger services and rail freight services are presented and applied to representative long-haul freight and short-haul passenger services in Queensland. Economies of size in the rolling stock operations are then explored for the two different services provided. The main findings are that size economies appear to be strong in rolling stock operations involving long-haul freight by unit trains. Size economies are found to be weak for short-haul passenger services, for which load factor economies are much stronger. The main policy implications from this finding are considered.


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Media Info

  • Pagination: 43-58
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 23
    • Issue Number: Part 1

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  • Accession Number: 01394348
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 0730724905
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 23 2012 11:39AM