Believe it or not a freight train can move a ton of freight 436 miles on a gallon of fuel

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Believe it or not a freight train can move a ton of freight 436 miles on a gallon of fuel

Hows that for fuel efficient? Turns out freight trains really are an efficient transport system, and that's an overall efficiency including starting.

The problem is however that you have to move the goods from the customer to the railhead, and then move the goods at the destination from the railhead to the customer. Those inefficiencies are bypassed by trucks.

The engines themselves are polluters, but are they any worse than the trucks they replace?

According to our calculations, which match the AAR's tally exactly, the nation's seven major railroad companies reported the following for 2007:

* Moving 1,770,545,245,000 ton-miles of freight

* Consuming 4,062,025,082 gallons of diesel fuel (including freight trains and trains in switching yards, but excluding passenger trains)

The average works out to be 435.88 ton-miles per gallon of fuel.

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By netchicken: posted on 5-7-2008








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