It is concluded that electrification can assist the U.S. in moving toward a goal of energy self-sufficiency, at the same time deriving better control of railroad costs and improving railroad operating efficiency. Comparisons of electric and diesel traction investments and overall costs indicate that railroads would not only derive operating savings and benefits, but also reduce diesel fuel consumption by over 50 percent if wide scale electrification were to be adopted. There would be associated balance of payment and national security benefits to the nation and price stability benefits to the railroads. This stability would come with increasing use of coal and nuclear generated electric energy.

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    • Proceedings of the conference held at the University of Wisconsin, May 6-8, 1974, sponsored by the Federal Railroad Administration and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation contained in "The Role of U.S. Railroads in Meeting the Nation's Energy Requirements."
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Wisconsin, Madison

    Graduate School of Business
    Madison, WI  United States  53706
  • Authors:
    • Ross, B A
  • Publication Date: 1974-10

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  • Accession Number: 00072574
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Railroad Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proc Paper
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 31 1976 12:00AM