Topic: 12.2 Surface Freight

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Regional Variations in Freight Cost

An investigation of freight costs in the regions of Great Britain shows that Scotland, Northern and East Anglia have the highest costs; but the differences appear to be relatively small. Freight cost is of varying importance to industries, some of which are local and some international. Attempts to reduce this cost should therefore be selective.

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A Process Function for Rail Linehaul Operations

The output of the linehaul process function is measured in ton-miles per hour. This article analyses the various factors which can affect ton-miles per hour, such as weight of train, number and weight limit of cars, horsepower, number of axles, gradient and curvature of route. The process function is then translated into a cost function.

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