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1.221J/11.527J/ESD.201J Transportation Systems Fall 2004 LECTURE 9: RAIL FREIGHT TRANSPORTATION DISPLAYS SPEAKER: Joseph M. Sussman MIT
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OBSERVATIONS: US AND OTHER COUNTRIES ± Technology ± Operations 2
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SOME OBSERVATIONS ± Rail is big in the US: 36% of freight miles are by rail ± Week of August 21, 2004: 339,749 car loadings ± Coal: 136,151 ± Agricultural products: 37,765 ± Metallic ores and minerals: 33,489 ± Motor vehicles and equipment: 23,621 ± Up 1% from comparable week last year 3
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IN ADDITION… ± Intermodal (week of 8/21/04) ± Trailers: 56,357 ± Containers: 160,792 ± Total: 217,149
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Unformatted text preview: Up 9.5% from comparable week last year 4 OTHER COUNTRIES Rail freight much less important; trucks dominate Europe Japan Latin America Some exceptions Canada (like US) South Africa (heavy haul) Australia (heavy haul) 5 TECHNOLOGY Steel wheel/steel rails Diesel-powered locomotives A wide variety of freight car types General purpose (e.g., box cars) Special purpose (e.g., auto rack cars) High fixed cost/low variable cost industry. Must build a lot of special purpose infrastructure 6...
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This note was uploaded on 12/06/2011 for the course ESD 1.221j taught by Professor Josephsussman during the Fall '04 term at MIT.

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