THE EVOLUTION OF THE UNIT TRAIN 1960-69

Much useful data on the economic forces behind the development of unit trains in the USA are assembled in this research paper. By adopting new operating methods rail was able to retain coal traffic threatened by slurry pipelines, pithead power generation and even nuclear power. Many other products were subsequently moved by unit trains, and rail's share of inter-city freight was maintained at over 40 percent as a result. Unfortunately, the period studied excludes the energy crisis of 1973-74 which improved long-term prospects for unit train coal traffic significantly.

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    University of Chicago

    Department of Geography, South University Avenue
    Chicago, IL  USA  60637
  • Authors:
    • STARR, J T
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  • Accession Number: 00149379
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monograph
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 27 1977 12:00AM