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dc.contributor.supervisor Regehr, Jonathan (Civil Engineering) en_US
dc.contributor.author Kristen Myles
dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-22T15:13:50Z
dc.date.available 2017-09-22T15:13:50Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/32643
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this research is to analyze factors influencing the adoption of heavy axle loading (HAL) on short-line railroads in Canada. The research comprises a series of case studies which characterize selected Canadian short-line railroads. The approach stratifies the industry in terms of the type of ownership and geographic region. It also documents factors influencing the adoption of HAL for each railroad by examining the commodities it hauls (internal motivation) and its network connections to the Class 1 system (external motivation). Where available, infrastructure condition data are also reported. These studies revealed that all of the 31 railroads studied exhibited a medium-high or high overall motivation to adopt HAL. This reflects the nature of the short-line industry in Canada—filling a niche by hauling primarily heavy commodities (thereby providing internal motivation) while relying on Class 1 partners to offer complete services to their customers (thereby providing external motivation). en_US
dc.subject Short-line, Railroads, Axle loading en_US
dc.title Case study analysis of factors influencing the adoption of heavy axle loading on Canadian short-line railroads en_US
dc.degree.discipline Civil Engineering en_US
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee Yuan, Qiuyan (Civil Engineering) Friesen, Marcia (Electrical and Computer Engineering) en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Science (M.Sc.) en_US
dc.description.note October 2017 en_US


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