America's railroads today serve 45,000 communities on approximately 200,000 miles of rail line; have a national freight car fleet of 1.75 million cars; move the freight car fleet with 30,000 locomotive units with a total generating power of 50 million horsepower; employ approximately 600,000 persons that results in an annual payroll and fringes approaching $7 billion; make annual purchases of approximately $5 billion; in addition to payroll and fringes, pay annual taxes of $500 million; maintain a plant with a replacement cost new less depreciation of over $30 billion, but if rebuilt from scratch would cost over $100 billion. With all of this the American railroads handle approximately 3750 ton-miles for every person. Tomorrow's railroad will be required to haul an estimated 5000 ton-miles per person. The railroads are accepting tomorrow's challenge and are totally committed to accommodate its burgeoning population with all its social problems and needs.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Contributed by the Intersociety Committee on Transportation for presentation at the Intersociety Conference on Transportation, Denver, Colo., Sept. 23-27, 1973.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Society of Mechanical Engineers

    Two Park Avenue
    New York, NY  United States  10016-5990
  • Authors:
    • Fisher, F G
  • Publication Date: 1973-9

Media Info

  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: 11 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00051419
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ASME Journal of Mechanical Engineering
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 73-ICT-95 Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 9 1974 12:00AM