Analyzing the blitz approach to m/w

This article presents an analysis of the blitz approach to track maintenance, which can be used for high-traffic lines with more than 10 trains per day. Selective maintenance, done by separate gangs on an as-needed basis, requires multiple possessions over periods of varying lengths, depending on the task, with the Class 1 national average being about 6.5 hours. Blitz maintenance involves a complete closure of the section of track, with multiple gangs working around the clock for anywhere generally from four to 12 days. It is logistically difficult, since trains either have to be rerouted, cancelled or delayed. But it allows for more efficient use of labor. Another approach is used in Western Europe in which track is replaced completely once it has deteriorated below a certain level. The article weighs the costs and advantages of the blitz approach compared to the other two and provides a break down of costs such as labor, detour charges, train delay, crew costs, loss of business, and employee considerations. A spreadsheet model is developed for 800 ties/miles, rail replacement, ballast cleaning and other work. For a successful blitz, significant planning is needed

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  • Authors:
    • Burns, David
    • Franke, Mike
  • Publication Date: 2005-10


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 33-38
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  • Accession Number: 01015007
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 7 2005 6:54PM