Table 4-18: Amtrak Fuel Consumption and Travel

Table 4-18: Amtrak Fuel Consumption and Travel

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  1972 1975 1980 1985 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Number in use                              
Locomotives 185 355 419 291 318 316 336 360 338 313 299 332 345 329 378
Cars 1,569 1,913 2,128 1,854 1,863 1,786 1,796 1,853 1,852 1,722 1,730 1,728 1,962 1,992 1,894
Miles traveled (millions)                              
Train-miles 26 30 30 30 33 34 34 35 34 32 30 32 33 34 35
Car-miles 213 253 235 251 301 313 307 303 304 292 276 288 312 342 368
Locomotive fuel consumed                              
Electric (million of kWh hours) N 180 254 295 330 303 300 301 309 304 293 282 275 283 350
Diesel (million gallons) N 63 64 65 82 82 82 83 75 66 71 75 75 74 76
Average miles traveled per car 136,000 132,000 110,000 135,000 162,000 175,000 171,000 164,000 164,000 170,000 160,000 167,000 159,000 172,000 194,000

KEY: Btu = British thermal unit; kWh = kilowatt hour; N = data do not exist.

NOTE: The heat equivalent factors used in Btu conversions are: diesel = 138,700 Btu/gallon; electric = 3,412 Btu/kWh, negating electrical system loses (to include electrical system loses, multiply this conversion factor by approximately three).

SOURCES:

Number of locomotives and cars:

1972-80: Amtrak, State and Local Affairs Department, personal communication.

1985-2000: Ibid., Amtrak Annual Report, Statistical Appendix (Washington, DC: Annual issues).

Miles traveled

Train-miles:

1972-2000: Amtrak, Amtrak Annual Report, Statistical Appendix (Washington, DC: Annual issues).

Car-miles:

1972: Ibid., Train Information System Reports (Washington, DC).

1975: Association of American Railroads, Yearbook of Railroad Facts 1975 (Washington, DC: 1976), p. 40.

1980-85: Amtrak, State and Local Affairs Department and Public Affairs Department, personal communication.

1990-2000: Ibid., Amtrak Corporate Reporting, Route Profitability System, personal communication, Aug. 22, 2001.

Locomotive fuel consumed:

1975-2000: Amtrak, State and Local Affairs Department, personal communication.