Energy Efficiency: Trains and Trucks
“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”.