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Are rising gas prices going to increase rail service?

Discussion in 'Metal Heads' started by tony gee, May 11, 2004.

  1. tony gee

    tony gee New Jack

    Joined: May 23, 2003 Messages: 97 Likes Received: 0
    Is this going to happen?
     
  2. drinkxylene

    drinkxylene Member

    Joined: Jul 6, 2003 Messages: 360 Likes Received: 0
    interesting question... i dont know how concerned ther government is with freight traffic but i assume the passenger rail traffic will increase which probably means tighter security. time will tell.
     
  3. Cracked Ass

    Cracked Ass Veteran Member

    Joined: Oct 24, 2001 Messages: 7,898 Likes Received: 47
    No.
    Locomotives use diesel fuel. Diesel, gas, and crude oil prices tend to go up or down together, because gasoline and diesel are both derived from crude. So RRs are also suffering and maybe passing costs along to shippers.
    Also, a company can move pretty quickly from rail to truck, but truck to rail is an ordeal: build or refurbish the siding at the shipper (sometimes at the shipper's expense), establish service, suffer the service bugs that plague a lot of railroads. There is a high threshold of effort/commitment for a business to decide to use rail. They won't make that decision based on a factor that will probably unravel in a year (high fuel prices).
    Wish it were different.
     
  4. Cracked Ass

    Cracked Ass Veteran Member

    Joined: Oct 24, 2001 Messages: 7,898 Likes Received: 47
    I forgot about passenger rail, but the answer is probably still no. Americans love their single occupancy gas guzzlers too much to suddenly travel by rail. Commuters will just suck it up. There may be a trickle of a few people who will try train service, but not enough to create extra traffic or revenue.
     
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