The maintenance and operation of freight trains is a major expense for railways, especially because the trains are large, powerful machines that consume a lot of fuel. Additionally, their routes often cover great distances, causing further costs for their operators to pay for things like train station staff, replacement parts, operational overheads and so on. A single passenger or especially high-speed train running around 70 km-an-hour is not huge cost compared to this.
How much does a freight train driver earn?
The average salary for a train driver is substantially lower than the national average salary in the Czech Republic. Moreover, it can fluctuate depending on the number of working hours and the time of year. Full-time train drivers working for CD Cargo (responsible for handling trains within Prague) earn around 190 000 CZK annually, which equates to just over 7 000 EUR a year. A typical nine-to-five full day consists of nine hours on duty, with two regular breaks during the day and one dinner break (with 45 minutes overtime), totalling at seven hours 10 minutes a day. Longer shifts used to exist; they would typically begin at 6:15 AM and last until 22:05 PM with one hour ‘off’, earning these shifts the nickname “one hour’s work” among Czech citizens. Such shifts were normally only employed during times of high demand, with individual shifts lasting as little as two hours. Because freight transport has become considerably less common in recent years due to increased cost effectiveness of road freight transport compared to rail cargo, this practice is no longer used by railways across Europe as much as before.
The minimum track speed limit for almost all locomotives in Europe is 160 km/h (100 mph); faste
How much does it cost to run a freight train from coast to coast union pacific?
Even though the Union Pacific Railroad is still a major carrier, passenger trains are now often more powerful than the locomotives they run over. They do, however, inflict very high wear and tear on their hosts. Coaches weigh around 82 tons and exert around 405,000 pounds of static load (not taking into consideration dynamic loads developed in curves). Plus they go up and down curiles a lot that adds to wear and tear on the bearings.
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