OPERATIONAL STRATEGIES FOR IMPROVING FREIGHT MOVEMENT

Road traffic has been steadily carving out an increasing share of the total freight traffic in several countries all over the world, and even in a developing country like India. This is despite the innumerable advantages of rail over road, considerations of better use of energy and resources, available land, better employment of man-power and social considerations. For Indian Railways which will be burdened with other increasing loads of commodities essential to life in the community (mostly bulk items, like coal, iron ore, foodgrains, fertilizers), with demand still in excess of transport, the problem of stabilising the position in the future years depends on the following two objectives: 1) A phenomenal increase in through-put; 2) Special quality of service for high-rated long distance carload traffic. In-puts by way of additional locomotives, cars, increased traffic and yard facilities cannot be effective unless supported by operating techniques. The various strategies in this regard are discussed in this paper, elaborating the problems in practical application. The author concludes that Indian Railways will have to rely largely on the strategy of long distance block trains. The author also discusses the various implications of speeds within the constraints of time and limited financial resources.

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    International Railway Congress Association

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  • Authors:
    • Jagannathan, Ramanujan
  • Publication Date: 1975-2

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  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 105-127
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00096548
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 24 1975 12:00AM