THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN POWER AVAILABILITY AND FREIGHT CAR UTILIZATION. STUDIES IN RAILROAD OPERATIONS AND ECONOMICS. VOLUME 30

Power availability and the strategy for using power in rail operations are key determinants of freight car utilization and service reliability. Increasing power availability will reduce delays in assembling and departing trains, reduce tonnage left behind because of tonnage constraints, and relieve congestion. This report presents a framework for balancing the costs of power availability against the costs of poor service and utilization. Both power availability and power requirements can be expressed in terms of gross ton-miles per unit time. Power availability can be related to the number of locomotives, the serviceability ratio, horsepower/ton requirements, and productivity measures, while power requirements can be related to traffic flows, the physical network, and the operating/service plan. As power requirements increase relative to power availability, service deteriorates, as illustrated in a study of system performance for a major railroad. Successful power management recognizes this relationship in adjusting the appropriate elements of power availability of the operating/service plan and of power requirements as traffic flows fluctuate.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Phase II, Task Force 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:
    • Mao, C K
    • Martland, C D
    • Sussman, J M
  • Publication Date: 1980-4

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures;
  • Pagination: 72 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00322188
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CTS-80-4 Final Rpt., AAR R-413
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 19 1980 12:00AM