STUDIES IN RAILROAD OPERATIONS AND ECONOMICS. VOLUME 10. IMPROVING RAILROAD RELIABILITY: A CASE STUDY OF THE SOUTHERN RAILWAY

The report serves three major functions: it analyzes O-D yard, and line-haul performance over a large portion of the Southern system; it summarizes a set of procedures for improving reliability on any railroad, and it describes in detail the test program carried out on the Southern. The major product of this research, this test program demonstrated that reliability can be improved in the short run, that this need not initially involve added capital or operating expense and that this will also result in lower trip times. By changing train schedules and operating procedures for three traffic flows, involving 300 cars/day, Southern improved reliability about 15%, reduced trip times by nearly a day, and save approximately $25,000/month in car utilization expense.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also Volume 9, PB-244 126, and Volume 11, PB-244 128.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Transportation Systems Division
    Cambridge, MA  USA  02139

    Federal Railroad Administration

    Office of Policy and Program Development, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • Martland, C D
  • Publication Date: 1974-3

Media Info

  • Pagination: 167 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00092235
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: MIT-R74-28 Final Rpt., FRA/RPD-75/1.9
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FR-10006
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 18 1976 12:00AM