This report describes an operational, though preliminary, version of the Railroad Performance Model, which is a computer simulation model of the nation's railroad system. The ultimate purpose of this model is to predict the effect of changes in government or industry policies on the performance of the railroads. This model simulates the history of individual cars and individual loads of freight; and it explicitly incorporates a number of decisions made by government, railroads, and shippers. This model includes phenomena such as freight car shortages and surplused, interlining, per diem rates, car service rules, the demurrage system, routing of cars, and the allocation of home and foreign empty cars.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared for U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, Office of Policy and Program Development, Office of Rail Systems Analysis and Program Division, Washington, D.C
  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway, Kendall Square
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142
  • Authors:
    • Oiesen, J F
  • Publication Date: 1977-10

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 312 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00170059
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Railroad Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FRA-OPPD-77-11 Final Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 30 1978 12:00AM