Table 1-30: Age and Availability of Amtrak Locomotive and Car Fleets

Table 1-30: Age and Availability of Amtrak Locomotive and Car Fleets

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  1972 1975 1980 1985 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Locomotives                                                
Percent available for servicea U 87 83 93 84 86 83 84 85 88 88 88 88 90 89 U U 87 82 83 83 84 82 82
Average age (years)b 22.3 14.4 7.4 7 12 13 13 13.2 13.4 13.9 14.4 12.0 12.6 12.8 11.2 13.9 13.7 14.8 15.7 16.4 17.5 (R) 18.6 (R) 19.6 20.6
Passenger and other train cars                                                
Percent available for servicea U 82 77 90 90 92 90 89 88 90 90 91 93 91 91 U U 83 84 84 85 85 86 86
Average age (years)b 22.0 24.7 14.3 14.2 20.0 21.0 21.5 22.6 22.4 21.8 20.7 19.8 21.1 22.2 19.4 18.5 20.4 21.4 22.4 23.3 22.5 (R) 23.5 (R) 24.5 25.5

KEY: R = revised; U = data are not available.

a Year-end daily average. Active units less backshop units undergoing heavy maintenance less back-ordered units undergoing progressive maintenance and running repairs.

b Fiscal Year-end average. Fiscal Year ends Sept. 30th of stated year.

NOTES

1972 was Amtrak's first full fiscal year of operation.

Roadrailers are not considered train cars for the purpose of our calculations.

SOURCES

1972-80: Amtrak, Amtrak Annual Report (Washington, DC: Annual Issues).

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

2001-09: Amtrak, Amtrak Active Fleet, personal communications, Aug. 20, 2009, and July 1, 2010.