Railroads, the Free Enterprise Alternative

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APPENDIX TO CHAPTER 16 SERVICE ALTERNATIVES FOR SHORT-HAUL TRAFFIC

Using the hypothetical area illustrated in Figure 13, four service alternatives are explored and compared. The shipments originate at point "A" and terminate at point "D."

Under the existing rail structure, demurrage rules apply without respect to length of haul. Shippers are given, usually, one free day for loading a car and two free days for unloading; demurrage charges begin after that time. A car must be spotted at the unloading point before 7:00 A.M. for that day to count, otherwise free time starts at the following midnight.


ALTERNATIVE 1: RAIL ROUTE A-EAST RR-C-NORTH RR-D
This route is most likely if the East RR, the origin carrier, pursues its longest haul and greatest division of revenue from the shipments.
1. Day 0 Empty car spotted by East RR local train at A.
2. Free day for loading.
3. East RR local train takes loaded car to B and lines it to move in next day's local train from B to C.
4. East RR local train takes loaded car to C and sets it to interchange with North RR.
5. North RR local train takes loaded car to D and spots it for unloading.
6. Free day for unloading.
7. Free day for unloading.
8. North RR local train takes empty car to C and sets it to interchange with East RR.
9. East RR local train takes empty car to B and lines it to move in next day's local train from B to A.
10. East RR local train takes empty car to A and spots it for loading.
Since local trains often do not operate on Saturdays or Sundays, the cycle should include:
6-day week, add 1/7 or 14%: 9 days × 14% = 1.3 days
5-day week, add 2/7 or 29%: 9 days × 29% = 2.6 days

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Table of contents

  • New Titles From Quorum Books ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Copyright Acknowledgments v
  • Contents ix
  • Figures xi
  • Tables xiii
  • Preface xv
  • Acknowledgments xvii
  • 1 - Development of The Railway 3
  • Notes 6
  • 2 - A Product of Necessity 9
  • Notes 13
  • 3 - Degrees Of Standardization 15
  • Notes 18
  • 4 - Changing Times, 4 Changing Needs 19
  • Notes 31
  • Appendix To Chapter 4 Tables 1-4 33
  • 5 - For Everyone Else: The Typical Transportation Industry Structure 41
  • Notes 53
  • 6 - Railroad Industry Structure 55
  • Notes 65
  • 7 - Aspects of Joint Use 67
  • Notes 73
  • 8 - Aspects of Innovation 75
  • Notes 87
  • 9: Economics And Structure 91
  • Appendix To Chapter 9 109
  • 10 - In Theory, in Congress 113
  • Notes 124
  • 11 - A Proposal 127
  • 12 - Roadway Companies 131
  • 13 - Carrier Companies 147
  • Notes 161
  • 14 - Terminals 163
  • 15 - Regulation 173
  • Notes 181
  • 16 - Opportunity For Innovation 183
  • Notes 192
  • Appendix To Chapter 16 Service Alternatives For Short-Haul Traffic 195
  • 17 - The Promise And The Prospects 199
  • Notes 204
  • 18 - A Logical Conclusion 207
  • Notes 210
  • Bibliography 211
  • Index 221
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