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.
- See also Volume 9, PB-244 126, and Volume 11, PB-244 128.
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyTransportation Systems Division
Cambridge, MA USA 02139
Washington, DC USA 20590
- Martland, C D
- Publication Date: 1974-3
- Pagination: 167 p.
- TRT Terms: Car utilization (Railroads); Cost engineering; Costs; Economic factors; Freight cars; Freight forwarders; Freight traffic; Freight trains; Freight transportation; Railroad terminals; Railroad traffic; Railroad transportation; Railroads; Reliability; Scheduling
- Identifier Terms: Southern Railway
- Old TRIS Terms: Cargo transportation; Freight forwarding; Operating strategies
- Subject Areas: Economics; Finance; Freight Transportation; Railroads; Terminals and Facilities;
- 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