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Class I Rail Freight Fuel Consumption and Travel

Dataset Excel: 

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.


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.

2008-17: Association of American Railroads, personal communication,  May 20, 2013, Feb. 6, 2018 and Feb. 21, 2018.

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.