CARRYING WATER TO NEWCASTLE
Western coals, now being shipped by unit trains to eastern and southern markets, contain from 13% to 32% moisture. Drying of these coals at the mine would reduce the cost of coal to the utilities from 10% to 16% if the railroads do not materially increase rates on higher BTU coal. The spontaneous combustion of dry coal can be inhibited, and the savings per unit train should range from $1,375,000 to $4,129,000 per year according to the various minimum tonnage rates. The shipment of dried coal will reduce the tonnages being shipped by 15%, or increase the railroad carrying capacity by approximately 20%, without additional expense to the railroads.
- Annual UMR DNR Conference on Energy, Proceedings 5th, University of Missouri-Rolla, October 10-12, 1978.
University of Missouri, RollaExtension Division
Rolla, MO USA 65401
- Wartes, L L
- Publication Date: 1978
- Pagination: p. 532-538
- TRT Terms: Coal; Coal industry; Dry bulk cargo; Freight traffic; Moisture content; Physical distribution; Railroad facility operations; Unit trains
- Uncontrolled Terms: Line capacity
- Subject Areas: Freight Transportation; Materials; Railroads;
- Accession Number: 00312436
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: Engineering Index
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Sep 16 1980 12:00AM