INCREASING COAL DEMAND -- SLURRY VERSUS RAIL

For almost 15 years the most common method of moving coal from mine to consumer has been the unit-train. A single 11,000 ton capacity train of three to seven locomotives, depending on the gradients along the route, pulling 110 ton X 100 ton capacity rail cars over a dedicated route. But with the renaissance of coal as a power source, and being demanded in such vast quantities, there are doubts whether the railroads have the potential to carry as much as 61 per cent of the nation's annual production which is expected to increase from a 1976 level of 665 million tons to 1260 million tons in 1985. Against this background the slurry pipeline concept, direct from mine to power generating station, is favored by many. However, to build pipelines would mean crossing railroads and with railroads holding the right of eminent domain -- the right to prevent constructions passing above or below the railbed -- the railroads have so far blocked any pipeline progress.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Cargo Systems International

    Arun House, 201-205 High Street
    New Malden KT3 4BH, Surrey,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1977-11

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  • Accession Number: 00176704
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 31 1978 12:00AM