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Energy Intensity of Class I Railroad Freight Service

Dataset Table:

Year Revenue freight ton-miles (millions) Car-miles (millions) Tons per car load Fuel consumed (million gallons) 1
1960 572,309 28,170 44.4 3,463 2
1965 697,878 29,336 48.9 3,592 3
1970 764,809 29,890 54.9 3,545 4
1975 754,252 27,656 60.8 3,657 5

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The threshold for classification as a Class I Railroad is based on operating revenues; the 2018 threshold is $489.94 million.

The heat equivalent factor used for Btu conversion is 138,700 Btu/gallon.


KEY:  Btu = British thermal unit.


Association of American Railroads, Railroad Facts (Washington, DC: 2019), pp. 33, 37, and 45, and similar tables in earlier editions.