GILLETTE-ORIN: ON THE ROAD TO ENERGY INDEPENDENCE

While railroads have been criticized for their high unit- train rates and poor performance in handling Western coal, Burlington Northern is in the midst of a $2 billion, 10-year program that is producing facilities which are now under- utilized because electric power output has been lower than projected; environmental regulation has cut demand for Western coal; utility conversion to coal has been slowed by government policy; utilities have continued outmoded plants in service; and new Western mines have opened without prior sales commitments. BN finds poor cycle performance for unit coal trains is not exclusively a railroad problem and carbuilders' defects in new coal cars have also affected car utilization.

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  • Pagination: p. 23-31

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  • Accession Number: 00325703
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 18 1981 12:00AM