Fuel Efficient Trains Becoming More Popular
Railroads are busier than ever. Profits are up, and demand for their services is growing.
Both Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway and Union Pacific Railroad recently reported profits for the first quarter of 2008 15 percent or more higher than for the same period in 2007.
Part of the reason is that high fuel costs accentuate the fuel efficiency advantage a train offers over most other forms of surface transportation. A steel wheel rolling over a steel rail has much less friction to overcome than a rubber tire on an asphalt of concrete highway,
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