The energy consumption values per transport unit (vehicle kilometers driven, gross ton kilometers, net ton kilometers, passenger kilometers) of the following traffic carriers are compared: rail, road, shipping and pipeline. As well as average consumption values, the effects of rail section characteristics, comfort, weight, speed, amount of loading and distances between stations on energy consumption is given for diesel, steam-powered and electric trains. A comparison of energy used per ton kilometer for freight transport by lorry or rail showed that on average roughly twice as much energy has to be used on the road as on rail. A comparison of passenger kilometers shows that the car, when full, (despite low weight per seat) does not have a low specific energy consumption value; it corresponds to the values of a slow train which is half full or a fast train which is only 20 percent full.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Austrian Federal Railways

    Elisabethstrasse 9
    1010 Vienna,   Austria 
  • Authors:
    • Kapfer, E
  • Publication Date: 1979


  • German

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 10-16
  • Serial:
    • OEBB Journal
    • Issue Number: 8
    • Publisher: Austrian Federal Railways

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00325749
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen (BASt)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 18 1981 12:00AM