U.S. railroads have not proceeded with electrification primarily because of economics--the large capital investment required and the difficult financial condition of many railroads. Fuel issues were not critical with diesel fuel being relatively inexpensive and in abundant supply. Standardization produces low-cost diesel-electric motive power. The needs of national energy policy and increasing cost and scarcity of liquid fuel, along with changing government attitudes and an evolving national transportation policy, are creating conditions that can revive U.S. interest in electrification. For railroads any decision to electrify will depend on economic considerations. National interest in other critical areas, however, may give added impetus to the process. This presentation concentrates on two such areas--energy and the environment--with emphasis on electrification's potential for alleviating the nation's energy problems.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Mitre Corporation

    1820 Dolley Madison Boulevard
    McLean, VA  United States  22102
  • Authors:
    • Swanson, C B
    • Vogel, H H
  • Publication Date: 1975-9

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  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: 81 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00324499
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 6 1981 12:00AM