Several Pacific area countries, at different levels of development, have recently installed extensive railroad electrification in response to the increasing scarcity and high cost of diesel fuel. Japan is the leader in the region, with nearly half its rail network electrified. As in Japan, European railroads have been extensively electrified, and recent designs now form the basis for applications worldwide. Current electrification programs in Pacific area countries are described, as well as future plans. Three factors are expected to generate even more extensive railroad electrification in many Pacific countries: higher fuel prices, increasing traffic levels, and improved electrification system designs.

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  • Pagination: p. 117-128

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  • Accession Number: 00325887
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 18 1981 12:00AM