The recent introduction of heavy axle load freight cars (36 ton axle loads and a gross weight on rail of 286,000 pounds) for bulk commodity traffic has serious implications for short line and regional railroads. While Class I railroads have routes with heavy rail and good tie and roadbed conditions, the smaller roads often have lighter rail and marginal track and bridge conditions. This article examines what this means to the short lines and regionals without deep pockets that have to weigh carefully the benefits and the costs of accommodating these 286,000 pound cars.

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    Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corporation

    345 Hudson Street
    New York, NY  United States  10014
  • Authors:
    • Zarembski, A M
    • Blaze, J
  • Publication Date: 2000-4


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00799176
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 13 2000 12:00AM