International railway comparisons

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This technical note presents data on international railway comparisons. It is intended as a general introduction to some of the main themes and problems of international comparisons. The authors provide a selection of time series data for a set of countries and an extensive collection of reference sources on international rail statistics. Interesting general conclusions on first-order comparisons are highlighted. Key economics-based references for those wishing to study the subject in depth are provided at the end.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-123
Number of pages7
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part F Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2007


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