78% of the DB's traffic volume uses its 9,500 km of electrified lines. The remaining percentage is shared between diesel traction (17%) and steam traction (5%). In 1973, the DB consumed 6.3 thousand million KWh of electrical energy, 10% of which was supplied by hydraulic power stations, 22% by transformation of the three-phase current from the national grid, and 68% by 7 thermal power stations. The DB consumed 480,000 tonnes of diesel oil and 65,000 t of fuel oil (in an oil-fired power station). In 1954, the DB's energy needs were equivalent to 10 million tons of coal, while in 1972, with 40% more traffic, they were equivalent to 4 million tonnes. In the German Federal Republic, the railway uses less than half the energy in Kcal per passenger-kilometre, while road vehicles are responsible for 60% of air pollution through dust and exhaust fumes.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Hestra Verlag

    Holzhofallee 33, Postfach 4244
    6100 Darmstadt 1,   Germany 
  • Authors:
    • Lehmann, H
  • Publication Date: 1973


  • German

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  • Accession Number: 00054796
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: International Union of Railways
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 15 1976 12:00AM