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Notes: 

Amtrak figures are based on Amtrak fiscal year (October 1-September 30).

Description: 

KEY:  kWh = kilowatt-hour; N = data do not exist; R = revised; U = data are unavailable.

a  Excluding Amtrak and all non-Class I railroads, except for Section IV.

b  Operating expenses include equipment, joint facility rents, leased roads and equipment, and all taxes except Federal income.

c  Data for 2003 indicates operating revenues and expenses instead of total revenues and expenses, the data source has changed.

d  Safety figures from U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration are for all railroads.

Figures may not appear directly in data source.

Amtrak data in this column are for 1972, Amtrak's first full year of operation.

Source: 

Unless otherwise noted, refer to chapter tables for sources

Financial:

Class I:

Association of American Railroads, Railroad Facts (Washington, DC), pp. 3, 9, 10, 27, 33, 34, 36, 40, 49, 52, 77 and similar pages in earlier issues.

Amtrak:

1970-2016: Amtrak, National Railroad Passenger Corporation Annual Report, Statistical Appendix to Amtrak Annual Report, Annual issues.

2017-18: Association of American Railroads, Railroad Facts (Washington, DC), pp. 73 and similar pages in earlier issues.

Inventory: 

Number of  companies and employees:

1970-90: Amtrak, Public Affairs, personal communication.  1994-1997: Ibid., National Railroad Passenger Corporation Annual Report,1972, 1980, 1990, and 1993-95.  

1998-2018: Association of American Railroads, Railroad Facts (Washington, DC), pp. 65 & 73 and similar pages in earlier issues.

Class I, Track mileage:

Association of American Railroads, Railroad Facts (Washington, DC), p.47.

Performance:

Locomotive mileage, total:

1980-2001: Association of American Railroads, Analysis of Class 1 Railroads (Washington, DC: Annual issues).  

2002-04: Ibid., Railroad Ten-Year Trends (Washington, DC), pp. 119 and 121, personal communication, Feb. 16, 2005.

Revenue passenger-carried:

Association of American Railroads, Railroad Facts (Washington, DC: Annual Issues), p. 73 and similar pages in previous editions.

Safety: 

1960-70:  U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Systems Support Division, RRS-22,  personal communication.

1980-94: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Highway-Rail Crossing Accident/Incident and Inventory Bulletin (Washington, DC: Annual Issues), and the Accident/Incident Bulletin (Washington DC: Annual Issues).

1995-2004: Ibid., personal communication, May 14, 2008, and table 4.08, as of Sept. 16, 2009.

2005-09: Ibid., Railroad Safety Statistics Preliminary Annual Report (Washington, DC: Annual Issue), table 1-3, as of Aug. 1, 2013

2010-18: Ibid., Office of Safety Analysis, table 3.01, available at http://safetydata.fra.dot.gov/OfficeofSafety/default.aspx as of Nov. 19, 2019.

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