This manual provides the technical information needed to operate the computerized transportation cost models developed in EA--675, cost Models for Coal Transportation by Common Carrier, prepared for the Electric Power Research Institute by Manalytics Incorporated, March 1979. Three models were developed: one for rail; one for inland river, Great Lakes, and for transfer of coal between rail and barge at intermodal trans-shipment points. The models calculate the cost of owning, maintaining, and operating transportation and related equipment, including; propulsion equipment (locomotives or tugboats), load-carrying equipment (hopper cars or barges), crew costs, fuel costs, maintenance costs, other operating costs, and the cost of capital. They offer a variety of operating options, involving unit trains or through trains; towboats dedicated to a set of barges or towboats that swap barges at one or both ends of a trip; train or flotilla size; trip distance; rail terrain; rail regions for wage-rate distinctions; barge trips over open water, over pools behind locks, and through locks; intermodal transfer; and (for deepwater transportation) self-propelled or towed vessels, vessel size and draft, and trip distance. The models use basic technical performance and cost values developed for our analyses (the default values). Other users, however, can override the default values with their own measures of technical performance and cost. The default values are variable costs, which account neither for overhead nor for profit, although other users may assign overhead or profit to the parameters as needed.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Manalytics, Incorporated

    625 Third Street
    San Francisco, CA  United States  94107
  • Authors:
    • White, S J
    • HYNES, J P
  • Publication Date: 1980-1

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  • Pagination: 209 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00322580
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Energy Research Abstracts
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 30 2001 12:00AM