American Railroad Economies

American Railroad Economies

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ...the rate received per ton is high. In the second case, the rate is low and the haul is short not only because a high standard of transportation service is not essential but also because the large bulk of the commodities in relation to their low monetary value places an economic maximum limit on the freight charge that enters into their market price. Accordingly, in every summaried statistical presentation of railroad traffic full consideration should be given to the relative proportions of the various classes of commodities carried. Classification of Commodity Traffic. The Interstate Commerce Commission, for a number of years, has classified railroad freight tonnage as, Products of Agriculture, Products of Animals, Products of Mines, Products of Forests, Manufactures, Merchandise and Miscellaneous. This classification is generally followed in the presentation of freight commodity statistics in railroad reports. With the exception of merchandise, the classes comprise only carload shipments. It is evident that, although in some instances the requirements of a general comparison are met with in this classification, the wide disparities among the commodities within each class preclude a correct indication of the real character or of the profitableness of the group. Thus, the Atchison's freight traffic consists of about 22 per cent, in agricultural products, of which fruit and vegetables are about one-fourth. Measured by receipts, however, and probably by profits, the fruit business is a very much larger proportion. Similarly, dressed meats are included under Products of Animals, along with live stock, hides, bone fertilizer and the like. The length of the haul as well as the receipts per ton-mile of dressed meats, however, is far in excess of the...
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  • Paperback | 70 pages
  • 188.98 x 246.13 x 3.56mm | 145.15g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236520556
  • 9781236520555