Rising fuel costs drive railroads to hone idle reduction and energy management practices

By Vesna Brajkovic, Associate Editor, Progressive Railroading Magazine; July 2019

With fuel expenses for all Class I railroads steadily increasing through the years, according to individual annual reports, it’s no wonder the railroads are making moves to manage fuel usage.

While the cost of diesel is at the top of most railroads’ operating expense lists, they’re targeting other factors, such as excessive engine idling and the use of more horsepower than required, to reduce fuel consumption. For help, they often turn to technology.

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