ANALYSIS OF BROKERAGE FEASIBILITY FOR UNIT-COAL-TRAIN SHIPMENTS TO THE MIDWEST

The purpose of this paper is to determine the feasibility of aggregating industrial and utility demands for coal and of serving the demands through a local brokerage operation to reduce transportation cost. This cost saving is associated with the economy of scale of unit-train shipments. The delivered price of western coal is calculated for local users in a given Midwest subregion based on current utility and industrial coal demands. The broker operation would consist of unit-train hauls from western mines, a receiving and storage terminal, local truck or rail transportation from the terminal to each user, and possible transshipment to distant waterfront users. The research focuses on the area of Green Bay-Kewaunee in Wisconsin. Applicability of this brokerage concept to other areas that receive western coal shipments is also discussed.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 24-28
  • Monograph Title: Surface Freight: Rail, Truck, and Intermodal
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00325461
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309030730
  • Report/Paper Numbers: N763
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Feb 18 1981 12:00AM