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Track condition also affects
railways' energy efficiency. Current
regulations require railways to adhere
to strict conditions to operate on the
tracks, and investment by shortlines
is meant to fulfill that objective.
With additional funds available,
maintenance could go beyond what is
required by law, and allow shortlines
to become more efficient. Wheel
friction can be reduced by reinforcing,
grinding and changing rails; replacing
rail ties; and applying lubricant to
the track. This additional work would
minimize idling, increase train speed,
and thereby reduce fuel consumption.
Fuel is responsible for greenhouse
gas emissions, and is one of the
most important expenses incurred
by railway companies. Finding
innovations to reduce consumption as
much as possible would benefit
all parties.
Promoting Rail Transportation
The purpose of shortlines is to
serve local and regional businesses
by connecting them to Class 1

railways, as well as national and
international markets. The low cost of
transportation offered by shortlines
allows these businesses to remain
competitive and participate in the
economic development of their region.
Without their presence, businesses
would have no choice but to turn to
the trucking industry.
While trucking is faster and more
flexible, it is also subject to traffic, road
conditions and weather. Compared
to rail, it is also less environmentally
friendly. In terms of fuel consumption,

freight transportation by rail is about
four times more efficient than trucking.
In addition, a single train car can
replace up to three heavy trucks on
the road. An investment in shortlines

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Interchange - Summer 2018

President’s Message
Capital Improvements
Sustainable Investing
The Smart Choice
Rail Relocation 101
Rail-Government Interface 2018
Index to Advertisers
Interchange - Summer 2018 - Intro
Interchange - Summer 2018 - bellyband1
Interchange - Summer 2018 - bellyband2
Interchange - Summer 2018 - cover1
Interchange - Summer 2018 - cover2
Interchange - Summer 2018 - 3
Interchange - Summer 2018 - 4
Interchange - Summer 2018 - 5
Interchange - Summer 2018 - 6
Interchange - Summer 2018 - President’s Message
Interchange - Summer 2018 - 8
Interchange - Summer 2018 - 9
Interchange - Summer 2018 - 10
Interchange - Summer 2018 - 11
Interchange - Summer 2018 - Capital Improvements
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Interchange - Summer 2018 - 21
Interchange - Summer 2018 - Sustainable Investing
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Interchange - Summer 2018 - 26
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Interchange - Summer 2018 - The Smart Choice
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Interchange - Summer 2018 - Rail Relocation 101
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Interchange - Summer 2018 - Rail-Government Interface 2018
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Interchange - Summer 2018 - Index to Advertisers
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Interchange - Summer 2018 - cover3
Interchange - Summer 2018 - cover4
Interchange - Summer 2018 - outsert1
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