Technical Reports

An Update of the Costs and Benefits of Railroad Electrification

  • 01
  • Apr
  • 1980
AUTHOR: C. H. Spenny
SUBJECT: Evaluation
KEYWORDS: Electrification, Cost Analysis, Energy Impacts
ABSTRACT: This report contains material for use by the Federal Railroad Administration in reassessment of railroad electrification. The costs and benefits of electrification compared to continued diesel operation are established by calculating the rate of return on the differential cash flow. The rate of returns for three national networks of varying sizes are found to be marginally increased relative to calculations made in 1977. The energy impacts of electrification of the networks is discussed along with relevant environmental experience of the Northeast Corridor Improvement Project. The Conrail electrification study is summarized and the electrification demonstration project of the Tennessee Valley Authority is described.