The selected study area, a coal production region that transports coal through Gillette, Wyoming, and communities southeast of Gillette, will be heavily affected by increasing numbers of unit-trains carrying coal. Unit-trains will face little competition from other transportation modes through 1985. Depending on the study area's 1985 coal production level, it is estimated that 18 to 31 trains per day will pass through Gillette. This will result in separation of community services, and increased safety hazards, noise, and vibration. Without new grade separations within Gillette, traffic blockages are estimated to range from 5 to 9 h per day. Slow moving trains preparing to stop for crew changes will contribute to part of this traffic blockage. Only 20% of the study area's coal production will affect Gillette. The rest will either bypass the city via a newly-completed rail spur or be mined southeast of the city and marketed in the Midwest and the South. Again, depending on the study area's 1985 coal production level, 62 to 125 trains per day will be required to move through the communities southeast of Gillette. The railside communities southeast and downline of Gillette could be even more heavily affected with problems similar to those that Gillette faces. Before the year 2000, unit-trains probably will see competition from other transportation modes, such as slurry pipelines, combined gasification and pipeline, combined electricity production and transmission by wire, and other modes, which will take a portion of the study area's coal transport from unit-trains.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Los Alamos National Laboratory

    P.O. Box 1663
    Los Alamos, NM  United States  87545

    Department of Energy

    1000 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20585
  • Authors:
    • Morris, D W
  • Publication Date: 1978-9

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  • Pagination: 31 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00194127
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Energy Research Abstracts
  • Report/Paper Numbers: LA-7495-MS
  • Contract Numbers: W-7405-ENG-36
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 26 1979 12:00AM