Southern Pacific has undertaken a marketing strategy aimed at reducing the movement of empty freight cars; through the first three quarters of 1979 there was a 6 percent improvement in the enpty-to-total car miles with a consequent $6 million improvement in profits. No longer are foreign cars routed home empty automatically and SP does not seek rapid return of its empty cars from other lines if with some "repositioning" a backhaul may be obtained even if the profitability of that specific movement is not as high as the original loaded trip. The costs of empty car transportation are assessed along with per diem costs, striving to manage the profitability of car usage over time. The new approach requires cooperation with connecting lines of which Conrail has been most prominent.

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    Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corporation

    508 Birch Street
    Bristol, CT  United States  06010
  • Publication Date: 1979-10-29

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  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 48-50
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00302698
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 29 1979 12:00AM