This document is a user's manual for the simulation cost modeling (SCM) technique as applied to a passenger railcar truck and its component parts. The manual includes application of the technique through the development of an example maintenance schematic diagram, example truck component cost data, and example maintenance procedures. The computer program and its various operating modes are described with the aid of a full set of example data obtained from Amtrak personnel. A complete listing of the FORTRAN IV program and a set of example data for its operation are contained in the appendixes. A set of cost results from the example Amtrak data cover maintenance expenditures by maintenance actions and by component truck subassemblies. Also listed in the sample results are a set of cost sensitivities related to the modeled maintenance system. In addition to the present application, the SCM technique has been employed successfully for other railroad systems, including track maintenance. The technique is generally useful for fleets in which individual cost data are not available, such as a proposed transit system or the introduction of new sub-systems or components.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Shaker Research Corporation

    Northway 10 Executive Park
    Ballston Lake, NY  United States  12019

    Federal Railroad Administration

    Office of Research and Development, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Smith, R L
    • Krauter, A I
    • Betor, J
  • Publication Date: 1980-9

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 252 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00325881
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FRA/ORD-80/70 Final Rpt., DOT-TSC-FRA-80-21
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-TSC-1619
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 18 1981 12:00AM