LOCOMOTIVES: ENERGY-CRISIS ASSET

In the current fuel shortage, diesel-electric locomotives are one of the country's primary assets. They use one fourth fuel of a truck per ton mile and contribute only minimally to air pollution. Many railroads are undertaking fuel conservation programs, such as shutting off engines instead of letting them idle and maximizing utilization of diesel locomotives. Turbocharged locomotives save about 10 percent in fuel and fewer, high horsepower locomotives are more efficient than a similar amount of hosepower with smaller units. Considerable interest is being shown in electrification. The Union Pacific has a short test section and other railways are conducting studies.

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    Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corporation

    P.O. Box 350
    Bristol, CT  USA  06010
  • Publication Date: 1974-1-28

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  • Accession Number: 00054655
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Canadian National Railways, Headquarters Library
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 18 1974 12:00AM