I recently heard a radio ad by a freight train company, claiming that it moves 1 ton of goods 422 miles on 1 gallon of fuel. Can this be true? And how does it compare to my car’s fuel economy?
The freight company isÂ CSX and its exact claim is, “Trains can move a ton of freight more than 423 miles on a single gallon of fuel.” While this number sounds astounding, and the freight company cites it to show off its “environmental stewardship,” the metric used is quite different than the “miles per gallon” we use with passenger cars. (more…)