Fast Trains Considered

Viable Air AlternativeA surprising number of manufacturing executives would use fast trains to New York as an alternative to air travel from Logan International Airport, a transportation expert says.

I was surprised at the answers because they (executives) are used to aviation and going (from Boston to New York) by (air) shuttle, said Northeastern University Professor James Molloy.

He said about 45 percent of the 123 firms surveyed indicated they would use trains if the trip could be made in 2 hours, 45 minutes. Results for slightly slower rail trips are still being analyzed, and reasons for the respondent's answers were not requested, he said.

Professor Molloy is a transportation consultant for the Associated Industries of Massachusetts, which is cosponsoring the survey with a state planning group in preparation for a seminar on conditions at Logan Airport, which is scheduled later this year.

BN Delivers First Load

Of Tawian-Bound Coal

FORT WORTH, Texas - Burlington Northern has loaded and delivered its first series of trains hauling Powder River Basin coal bound for Taiwan.

A test shipment of 60,000 metric tons was loaded at Mobil Coal Producing Co.'s Caballo Rojo mine in Wyoming and hauled by BN to the Westshore Terminal coal facility at Roberts Bank, near Vancouver, British Columbia.

BN said the Taiwan test shipment is the largest quantity of Powder River Basin coal ever transported for export as reported in The Journal of Commerce. In 1987 BN began efforts to market coal from the Powder River Basin to the Pacific Rim.