Just 13 per cent of world railways are electrified, while the proportion of gross tonne-km hauled electrically is around 35 per cent. Conversion of more routes is going ahead in Europe and Asia, but still the Americans hang back, not yet convinced that this is a cost-effective way to cut down oil comsumption. Technical progress in power semiconductors and a better understanding of current collection dynamics are making electrification cheaper, while the gap between diesel and electric maintenance costs is widening. Since the 1974 oil crisis several countries have launched their first electrification schemes, but only now are the benefits which accrue when additions are made to an established network coming to be fully appreciated. Editor concludes that by the mid-21st century as much as 500,000 km could be under the wires.

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    IPC Transport Press, Limited

    Dorset House, Stamford Street
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  • Authors:
    • HOPE, R
  • Publication Date: 1980-1

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  • Accession Number: 00310634
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Railways
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 21 1980 12:00AM