After a period of steady increase, the container traffic of the railways has reached a considerable volume. Even during the current year, the number of containers carried by the railways is on the increase and their number should continue to increase in the coming years if the world-wide economic crisis does not deteriorate abruptly. The percentage growth rates may be somewhat lower than those experienced during the late 1960s; in view of the relatively small numbers of containers during the early years of container traffic (1967-1968), however, this is not surprising; in absolute terms there has been a steady increase from year to year. The European railways are well able to keep pace with the progress of containerisation, originally initiated by the American shipping companies, and it is only in a few important traffic relations where this process has, by now, more or less reached its ceiling. The container traffic from and to the seaports (seaport traffic) continues to play a dominant, albeit no longer exclusive, part. But also the exclusive inland transport of containers (continental traffic) not connected with shipping has assumed much greater importance of the European railways in national as well as international traffic, though the rate of increase has varied as between different railways.

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    International Railway Congress Association

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  • Authors:
    • Eiffler, F K
  • Publication Date: 1975-9

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 793-800
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00127703
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Rail International
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Np-10
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 3 1975 12:00AM