In order to make an economic assessment of intermodal transport, the three intermodal techniques for articulated vehicles - loading by driving into position, for semi-trailers - loading by driving into position or by crane, and for detachable tanks-loading by crane, are considered separately. A pre-requisite for each calculation is a time related vehicle cost calculation. The relative cost of intermodal transport should be compared at regular intervals with that of highway transport. Another important factor of comparison is the journey time. Experience demonstrates that with longer distances the economic advantages lie with combined rail/road transport. The advantages of the road/rail intermodal transport are better use of transport concessions and above all, the possibility in the case of longer distances, to adhere to the time requirements. The reduction obtained for empty loads must be seen as the positive factor, where such transport is correspondingly paid for as one-way traffic. Unfavourable factors are the restrictions caused by the railway timetables and the often under-estimated, unknown preliminary and subsequent costs. In this case only an exact cost analysis of the vehicles used will help. A further development of rail/road traffic and the resulting relief to the highways will depend finally on whether it will be found possible to offer attractive options to transport carriers. This involves both a flexible price policy and a further improvement in the timetables by an extension of the rail/road stations. /TRRL/

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    Vereingte Motor-Verlag GmbH und Co. KG

    Leuschnerstrasse 1, Postfach 1042
    7000 Stuttgart 1,   Germany 
  • Publication Date: 1978-4


  • German

Media Info

  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: p. 60-62
  • Serial:
    • Lastauto Omnibus
    • Volume: 55
    • Issue Number: 4
    • Publisher: Vereingte Motor-Verlag GmbH und Co. KG
    • ISSN: 0023-866X

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00301142
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen (BASt)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 7 1979 12:00AM