How Today's Conrail Manages Tight Capacity

Line capacity, yard dwell times, system train speed, and cars on line are intertwined, and improving one helps the others; degradation of another cascades to the rest. Upon those four rest service quality as perceived by the customer. This article examines how "Little Conrail" adds value to the rail freight transportation product. Conrail's mission is to provide local switching, yarding, and classification of trains; light running maintenance and repairs of equipment; plus routine track and communication and signal maintenance. In effect, it is like any other switching and terminal railroad or short line. The following three things, however, make Conrail different: 1) the company relies on its owners as the sole source of leased locomotives and program track maintenance; 2) there is no commercial relationship with any customers; and 3) Conrail serves only NS and CSX.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 19-23
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  • Accession Number: 01001176
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 23 2005 4:25PM