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Class I Rail Freight Fuel Consumption and Travel


KEY:  N = data do not exist; P = preliminary.

a For 1960-80, the total includes a small number of steam and electric units, which are not included in the per locomotive fuel consumption figure.

b United States owners only. Includes cars owned by Class I railroads, other railroads, car companies, and shippers.

c Based on the distance run between terminals and/or stations; does not include yard or passenger train-miles.

d Excludes passenger and work trains.


All data except for locomotive unit-miles:

1960-2007: Association of American Railroads, Railroad Facts (Washington, DC: Annual Issues), pp. 33, 34, 40, 49, and 51, and similar pages in earlier editions.

2008-12: Association of American Railroads, personal communication,  May 20, 2013.

Locomotive unit-miles:

1975-92, 2002: Ibid., Railroad Ten-Year Trends (Washington, DC: Annual Issues).

1993-2001, 2003-04: Ibid., Analysis of Class I Railroads (Washington, DC: Annual Issues).

2005-12: Association of American Railroads, personal communications, June 13, 2007, Apr. 24, 2008, Apr. 28, 2010, Aug. 12, 2011, May 04, 2012, and May 20, 2013.