An overview of railroad electrification throughout the world is combined with a state-of-the-art appraisal. After pointing to the technical innovations which have come out of Europe, the author notes that there are differences between European and North American railroading which account for some of the basic differences to approaching motive power design in the two areas. Studies have shown that North American electrification can be justified economically on major sections of heavy-volume freight mainlines which account for about 10 per cent of U.S. route mileage. While this would represent a heavy capital investment, high volume railroads are said to be able to realize up to a 25 percent discounted rate of return.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Railway Systems and Management Association

    181 East Lake Shore Drive
    Chicago, IL  United States  60611
  • Authors:
    • Hamilton, S G
  • Publication Date: 1974

Media Info

  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: p. A15-A36
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00072946
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 29 1975 12:00AM