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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 2004 2005 2006 2007
Number in use                                          
Locomotives 355 419 291 318 316 336 360 338 313 299 332 345 329 378 401 372 442 276 258 319 270
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 1,211 1,186 1,191 1,164
Kilometers traveled (millions)                                          
Train-kilometers 48 48 48 53 55 55 56 55 51 48 51 53 55 56 58 61 60 60 58 58 60
Car-kilometers 407 378 404 484 504 494 488 489 470 444 463 502 550 592 608 609 534 496 426 425 429
Locomotive fuel consumed                                          
Electric (million of kWh) 180 254 295 330 303 300 301 (R) 309 (R) 336 (R) 363 (R) 390 (R) 416 (R) 443 (R) 470 456 518 537 551 531 549 578
Diesel (million litres) 238 242 246 310 310 310 314 (R) 278 (R) 274 (R) 270 (R) 286 (R) 288 (R) 300 (R) 359 367 320 282 260 248 236 234
Average kilometers traveled per car (R) 212,788 (R) 177,724 (R) 217,878 (R) 260,017 (R) 282,041 (R) 275,321 (R) 263,369 (R) 264,169 (R) 272,897 (R) 256,751 (R) 268,224 (R) 255,920 (R) 276,303 (R) 312,692 (R) 291,678 (R) 210,361 (R) 329,071 (R) 409,894 (R) 359,315 356,607 368,525

KEY: kWh = kilowatt hour; R = revised.

NOTE:
1 Gallon = 3.78541178 litre and 1 mile = 1.609344 kilometer.

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).
2001-07: Association of American Railroads, Railroad Facts 2006 (Washington, DC: Annual Issues), p. 77 and similar pages in earlier editions.
Miles traveled:
Train-miles:
1975-2002: Amtrak, Amtrak Annual Report, Statistical Appendix (Washington, DC: Annual issues).
2003-07: Association of American Railroads, Railroad Facts 2006 (Washington, DC: Annual Issues), 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.
2001-07: Association of American Railroads, Railroad Facts 2006 (Washington, DC: Annual Issues), p. 77 and similar pages in earlier editions.
Locomotive fuel consumed:
1975-93: Amtrak, State and Local Affairs Department, personal communication.
1994-2006: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and U.S. Department of Energy, Transportation Energy Data Book, available at http://cta.ornl.gov/data/index.shtml as of June 10, 2009.
2007: Amtrak, Government Affairs, Personal Communication, June 10, 2009.

Updated: Sunday, May 21, 2017