Cultural Psychology

Energy Efficiency: Trains and Trucks

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“A range of separate studies undertaken in the early 1990s suggested that a rail freight train might typically consume around 0.6 Megajoules per tonne km (MJ/tkm), compared to a range of 1.2 – 8 MJ/tkm for road goods vehicles.”


This translates to rail freight being from 2 to 13 times more energy efficient than truck freight.

In short: more trains = less fuel = less dependence on foreign fuel + cleaner environment + less global warming

Maybe Cat Stevens was onto something when he called his song “The Peace Train”.


Written by John Uebersax

April 29, 2006 at 2:22 pm

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