P3_7 Freight Train Efficiency

Allen Phong, Tom Searle, Robert Pierce, Michael Mcnally


The Association of American Railroads announced in 2009 that ‘freight trains in the U.S. averaged 480 ton-miles-per-gallon’ [1]. This paper analyses the feasibility of the quoted value by calculating the fuel efficiency of a typical freight locomotive in use in North America. It is found that this is a valid claim and that the efficiency stated is not unreasonable.

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