A rail freight car demand forecasting study was initiated to investigate the nature of short-range shipper demand and the requirements for a forecasting system (Phase I, Final Report, March 1975) and to develop a forecasting system based on those requirements to predict that demand (Phase II, Final Report, November 1977). This report is an implementation guide for the railroad industry of the demand forecasting system (D4) developed in Phase II. The report briefly reviews the work in the previous phases of research, relates the relevant issues as to the use of a demand forecasting system, covers the method and procedures needed to set up D4, and serves as a 'user's manual' to D4. By using D4 as described in this report as the basis of a demand forecasting system, a railroad can quickly and inexpensively computerize an important component of its car distribution system.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also Phase 1, PB-261473.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Association of American Railroads Technical Center

    Research and Test Department, 3140 South Federal Street
    Chicago, IL  United States  60616

    Federal Railroad Administration

    Office of Policy and Program Development, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Minger, W K
    • Hargrove, M B
  • Publication Date: 1978-5

Media Info

  • Pagination: 95 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00182067
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FRA/OPPD-78/13
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FR-30058
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 3 1979 12:00AM