ELECTRIFICATION: U.S. DAWDLES WHILE THE REST OF THE WORLD TURNS ON

While less than one percent of U.S. mainline routes are electrified, the figure ranges upwards from 25% in most other industrailized nations. Two developments are renewing American interest in electrification--higher costs for petroleum and technical developments in electric motive power. At least a dozen U.S. railroads have already conducted feasibility studies and some have found the economics of immediate electrification to be favorable. There are, however, features of North American rail operations which differ from those elsewhere than have been electrified. The fact that any American electrification undertaken will start from "scratch" may be a distinct advantage. The article summarizes major electric systems throughout the world.

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    Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corporation

    508 Birch Street
    Bristol, CT  United States  06010
  • Publication Date: 1976-2-23

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  • Accession Number: 00132984
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 5 1976 12:00AM