SUMMARY OF RAILWAY FUEL-SAVING OPTIONS DEVELOPED WITH INDUSTRY PARTICIPATION

While government, industry, and individual rail carriers have sponsored extensive research on fuel wastage, potential alternative fuels, and energy-conserving operating techniques for the railroad industry, much of the information generated from these efforts has not been assembled into a ready-reference format covering both operational strategies and capital investment opportunities. Representatives of the railroad industry have identified a need for such a concise summary of information relating to fuel conservation in railroad freight operations. To meet this need, a matrix was developed by Argonne National Laboratory to summarize a wide variety of fuel-saving measures and their associated costs and benefits. Information was derived primarily from technical sources and manufacturers literature. This matrix was reviewed by a panel of experts from the rail industry at an industry coordination meeting in 1982 and was revised in response to their critique. In its final form, the matrix lists 38 fuel-saving measures under seven principal headings. Special emphasis is placed on well-conceived education and training programs, empty freight car miles, and elimination of unnecessary engine idling. These measures were cited by participants in the industry coordination meeting as crucial to any railroad energy-cost reduction program. The matrix has been distributed free of charge to more than 120 rail carriers in the United States.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Argonne National Laboratory

    9700 South Cass Avenue
    Argonne, IL  United States  60439
  • Authors:
    • Saricks, C L
    • BERTRAM, K M
    • Smith, J W
  • Publication Date: 1984-1

Media Info

  • Pagination: 30 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00389774
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ANL/CNSV-TM132
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 30 1984 12:00AM