HOW WAGONLOAD FREIGHT COULD BE REVOLUTIONISED

Details are given of a method of wagon load freight distribution devised by the Research Department of BR. The new scheme aims to reduce overall rail vehicle standing time in yards to 1/2-day weekly. The freight network would be organised as 20 areas. The nucleus of each area would be a major depot and within the orbit of each major depot would lie 15-20 minor depots. The major depots would be fed from and feed to their satellite minor depots by an area network of regular-interval shuttle trains; and the major depots would be interlaced by a trunk-haul regular-interval shuttle service. The network would be devised to restrict the average road haul between customers premises and minor depot to five miles, to keep the average minor-major depot haul within the 15-20 mile range, and the average trunk haul between major depots to 125 miles. A cheap swift means of container loading and unloading utilising the forces of gravity is described whereby the containers to be loaded are placed on a platform sloping towards the track; a platform sloping away from the track receives off-loaded containers. /TRRL/

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    Ian Allan Limited

    Terminal House
    Shepperton, Middlesex  England  TW17 8AS
  • Authors:
    • Freeman, B J
  • Publication Date: 1976-4

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 137-9
  • Serial:
    • MODERN RAILWAYS
    • Volume: 33
    • Issue Number: 331
    • Publisher: Ian Allan Publishing, Limited
    • ISSN: 0026-8356

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00147867
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 16 1977 12:00AM