TRADE-OFF ECONOMICS FOR JUMBO RAIL CARS

The original topic for this presentation was limited to the trade-offs between large railroad cars and track structure. But there are several other economic trade-offs that large cars force the railroad industry to make, and some of these have received rather little analysis or comment. This list includes five topics: 1) Operating expenses for large cars, real compared with formula; 2) Capital costs of large cars: a case of diminishing returns; 3) The relationship between heavy cars and track wear; 4) Heavy cars as a limit on line capacity; 5) The marketing implications of large cars in our post-industrial economy.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the Tenth Annual Railroad Engineering Conference, Depew, New York, Sept. 5-7, 1973.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Dresser Transportation Equipment Division

    2 Main Street
    Depew, NY  USA  14043
  • Authors:
    • Meislahn, H S
  • Publication Date: 1974

Media Info

  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: 7 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00053857
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Dresser Transportation Equipment Division
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 26 1974 12:00AM