This paper provides a historical background of Railroad Electrification within the U. S. It also provides data related to percent electrification of railroad route miles within the major developed countries around the world. An attempt is made to provide quantification of the benefits accrued due to electrification. The economic and technical characteristics between the diesel/electric and electric trains are compared. The paper is primarily concerned with the following aspects of electrification: electric locomotives have 2/3 lower maintenance cost, twice economic life, and 1/2 the out of service time. Also listed are the components of cost for electrification and data are provided on the rate of return estimated under several scenarios.

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 417-438

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  • Accession Number: 00184633
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CONF-770878 Conf Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 29 1978 12:00AM