INCREASE IN THE ROLE OF THE RAILWAYS IN THE FUTURE, AS A RESULT OF DECREASING COSTS OF TRANSPORT AND ENERGY CONSUMPTION

Rail transport costs, even in the case of combined transport, are lower than those for direct road transport, with effect from a certain distance carried. Taking into account energy consumption, rail transport is more profitable in most cases. The increase in the price of energy is giving rise to a diminishing sphere of action of the motor car, even from the economic point of view. The railway is able to use electrical energy for traction purposes, which can be obtained from primary energy sources other than liquid fuels. This possibility is not open to the motor car, and it will still be obliged to make use of liquid fuels for a long time to come. The advantage of road vehicles for freight conveyance over long distances (300 to 500 km) at fairly high speeds can be counteracted to a large extent by containerization. The above conclusions fully justify the forecasts concerning the development of the role of the railways in the next ten to twenty years, in the field of freight transport.

  • Corporate Authors:

    International Railway Congress Association

    17-21 rue de Louvrain
    1000 Brussels,   Belgium 
  • Authors:
    • Turbut, G
    • Spirea, E
  • Publication Date: 1975-7

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  • Accession Number: 00127370
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Rail International
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 18 1975 12:00AM