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Class I Rail Freight Fuel Consumption and Travel (Metric)

Embedded Dataset Excel:

Dataset Excel:

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Average miles traveled per locomotive, and average fuel consumed, can be distorted when portions of the fleet are in storage and therefore not in use.

1 kilometer = 0.621371 miles.

1 liter = 0.264172 gallons.

1 tonne-kilometer = 0.684945 ton-miles.


KEY:  N = data do not exist; U = data are unavailable.

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 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-kilometers.

d Excludes passenger and work trains.


All data except for locomotive unit-miles:

Association of American Railroads, Railroad Facts 2019 (Washington, DC: Annual Issues), pp. 9, 36, 37, and 45, and similar pages in earlier editions.

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).

2005-17: Association of American Railroads, personal communications, Jun. 13, 2007, Apr. 24, 2008, Apr. 28, 2010, Aug. 12, 2011, May 04, 2012, May 20, 2013, Feb. 6, 2018 and Feb. 21, 2018.