HOW SHORT-HAUL PIGGYBACK CAN BE MADE ECONOMIC

A major research effort is under way to reduce the cost and improve the quality of intermodal service. Recent concern over oil in the USA makes it desirable that merchandise moving over highways be transferred to rail. Although piggyback has proved a strong growth area, current emphasis is on hauls of 1500 km or more, even though 75 per cent of merchandise travels less than 1000 km. To penetrate this short-haul market, dedicated trains on fast and frequent schedules are essential; these can only be provided at acceptable cost if rules governing train manning are relaxed. Terminals and rolling stock are high-cost areas where technical and operational innovation are needed.

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    IPC Transport Press, Limited

    Dorset House, Stamford Street
    London SE1 9LU,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Heuer, J
    • Eshelman, L
  • Publication Date: 1979-8

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  • Accession Number: 00300567
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 17 1979 12:00AM