The problem of analyzing the capability of a rail line to absorb additional traffic has become increasingly important recently as various means of consolidating and expanding usage of the rail systems have been proposed. This report develops a systematic procedure for evaluating the potential capacity of a wide variety of rail line haul facilities under a number of operating conditions and policies. The procedure is based upon a parametric analysis of a series of rail line cases or operating and physical plant scenarios simulated using a computer train dispatching model. This report first briefly describes the simulation model. Next the structuring of the approach to the analysis is presented along with a description of the cases and the results of the case simulations. Then a parametric analysis of the results is described and procedures for applying the analysis to other conditions are developed concluding with a sample application. Finally, concluding observations are discussed and recommendations for application of the results and for further research are presented.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This project was sponsored by FRA, Economic Programs Division.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Peat, Marwick, Mitchell and Company

    1025 Connecticut Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20036
  • Authors:
    • Prokopy, J C
    • Rubin, R B
  • Publication Date: 1975-8

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 84 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00128180
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Railroad Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FRA-OPPD 75-1 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FR-4-5014
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 29 1976 12:00AM