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Class I Rail Freight Fuel Consumption and Travel

Dataset Excel: 

1.609344 kilometers = 1 mile.

3.785412 liters = 1 gallon.

1.459972 tonne-kilometers = 1 ton-mile.


KEY:  N = data do not exist.

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.


All data except for locomotive unit-kilometers:

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

Locomotive unit-kilometers:

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).

2005-09: Association of American Railroads, personal communications, June 13, 2007, Apr. 24, 2008, Apr. 28, 2010, and Aug. 12, 2011.