RAIL ALTERNATIVES AND EFFECTS IN COAL TRANSPORTATION

The history of coal traffic in the northern states is reviewed. Originally, eastern coal was taken west; then after World War II, and with the use of diesel engines on railways, coal traffic was negligible; now, there are plans to move large quantities of low-sulfur western coal to the east (in combination with large ships on the Great Lakes). Between 1973 and 1977, Burlington Northern Railway invested $201 million on roadway improvements and $239 million on rolling stock for this purpose. They contemplate spending more than 1 1/4 billion dollars in addition between now and 1982. The threat of slurry pipelines skimming the cream of this coal traffic is discussed briefly with respect to eminent domain, regulations of common carriers, and effects on financing.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • From Coal Transportation and Use in the Great Lakes region, Duluth, Minnesota, June 7, 1978.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Great Lakes Basin Commission

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  • Authors:
    • Davies, G K
    • Perkinson, D
  • Publication Date: 1978

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 38-46

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00196922
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Energy Research Abstracts
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 28 1979 12:00AM