THE UNIT TRAIN: THE RAILROAD'S RESPONSE TO COMPETITION IN THE UNITED STATES

The unit train emerged in the 1960s in response to an erosion of coal traffic handled by rail, a relaxation of ICC's traditional regulatory policies in the wake of the Transportation Act of 1958, and realization of the cost savings possible with special equipment, through operation and marketing techniques. The steps taken in the 1960s enabled railroads to solidify their position in bulk commodity transport and even to challenge for high value traffic, trends which continue to the present.

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    American Society of Traffic and Transportation

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  • Authors:
    • STARR, J T
  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • Accession Number: 00189074
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 25 1979 12:00AM