THE EFFECTS OF FIXED PLANT AND ROLLING STOCK TECHNOLOGY ON RAILROAD TRACK COSTS

Due to advances in railroad track technology from 1970-2000, U.S. Class 1 Railroad mainline steady-state track costs declined from 20-67%, depending on traffic density. Four main factors governed these track cost productivity improvements: economies of traffic density, technological innovations, network rationalization, and equipment productivity. Disentangling the effects of each of these 4 phenomena presents a difficult challenge, as the effects of technology change are not readily apparent in the historical records. This research employed engineering-based computer modeling techniques in order to attain a more reliable conclusion as to the effects of technology on railroad track costs.

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  • Authors:
    • Chapman, J D
    • Martland, C D
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  • Publication Date: 1998

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 34p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00796033
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 19 2000 12:00AM