IMPROVING RAILROAD TERMINAL CONTROL SYSTEMS: A CASE STUDY OF SOUTHERN RAILWAY'S BROSNAN YARD. STUDIES IN RAILROAD OPERATIONS AND ECONOMICS. VOLUME 28

This study shows that a terminal control system that includes a volume variable car cost budget based on flexible connection standards can be incorporated within an existing terminal control system. Although the implementation of such a control system may require major modifications to the existing management process, there are few significant modifications to the management information system. By adopting such a control system, a railroad would have the capability to monitor and control service reliability and car utilization in terminals. In addition, the operating officers of the railroad would be given the ability to evaluate the terminal superintendent in an equitable manner because the expected performance of the yard changes to reflect the environment within which the yard is operating. This report also includes a brief survey of the state of the art of railroad terminal control systems. The survey's results show that at the terminal level, most railroads budget only crew costs and place less emphasis on car cost. In addition to describing Southern's existing terminal control system in detail, this work shows how existing reports can be modified to incorporate the flexible connection standards described above. Since Southern did not previously control car cost at the terminal, a series of new reports aimed specifically at monitoring car cost is proposed.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Task Force II, Phase 2.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Center for Transportation Studies, Room 1121
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02139

    Association of American Railroads

    Freight Car Utilization Program, 1920 L Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20036
  • Authors:
    • Ferguson, W L
  • Publication Date: 1980-4

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 167 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00322187
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CTS-80-2 Final Rpt., AAR R-412
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 19 1980 12:00AM