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High Speed Rail Planning, Policy, and Engineering, Volume II by Terry L. Koglin

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CHAPTER 14

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FUEL AND MOTIVE POWER COSTS

Railway transportation is intrinsically the most energy-efficient form of transportation. At an optimum speed, operating on a straight, level, rigid track, a railroad train can produce more ton-miles of transportation per dollar’s worth of fuel than any other form of transportation, including pipelines and ocean carriers. As speeds increase, power and corresponding fuel requirements increase. At very high speeds, power and fuel requirements can be the largest part of the cost of operation. Other factors also act to increase fuel and power costs. The cost of fuel and power are inextricably intertwined.

Fuel in the form of latent chemical energy is converted directly into power by ...

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