Table 4-18M: Amtrak Fuel Consumption and Travel

Table 4-18M: Amtrak Fuel Consumption and Travel

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  1975 1980 1985 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
Number in use                                  
Locomotives 355 419 291 318 316 336 360 338 313 299 332 345 329 378 401 372 442
Cars 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 2,084 2,896 1,623
Kilometers traveled (millions)                                  
Train-kilometers 48 48 48 53 55 55 56 55 51 48 51 53 55 56 58 61 60
Car-kilometers 407 378 404 484 504 494 488 489 470 444 463 502 550 592 608 609 534
Locomotive fuel consumed                                  
Electric (million of kWh hours) 180 254 295 330 303 300 301 309 304 293 282 275 283 350 U U U
Diesel (million litres) 238 242 246 310 310 310 314 284 250 269 284 284 280 288 U U U
Average kilometers traveled per car 213,000 178,000 218,000 260,000 282,000 275,000 263,000 264,000 273,000 257,000 268,000 256,000 276,000 313,000 292,000 210,000 329,000

KEY: Btu = British thermal unit; kWh = kilowatt hour; U = data are not available.

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:

1975-80: Amtrak, State and Local Affairs Department, personal communication.

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

2001-03: Association of American Railroads, Railroad Facts 2004 (Washington, DC: 2004), p. 77 and similar pages in earlier editions.

Miles traveled:

Train-miles:

1975-2002: Amtrak, Amtrak Annual Report, Statistical Appendix (Washington, DC: Annual issues).

2003: Association of American Railroads, Railroad Facts 2004 (Washington, DC: 2004), p. 77 and similar pages in earlier editions.

Car-miles:

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.

2001-03: Association of American Railroads, Railroad Facts 2004 (Washington, DC: 2004), p. 77 and similar pages in earlier editions.

Locomotive fuel consumed:

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