An Analysis of a Strategic Rail Corridor Network (STRACNET) for National Defense.
MILITARY TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT COMMAND WASHINGTON D C RAILROADS FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE PROJECT MANAGEMENT GROUP
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The study analyzes rail corridors deemed strategically important to national defense. The objective is to identify a strategic rail corridor network STRACNET for peacetime and contingency rail requirements for national defense. First, an extensive analysis of defense peacetime rail carload traffic is made. Second, a clearance analysis is made using combat tanks, together with information from the Railway Industrial Clearance Association, as an indicator for clearance shipments. Third, contingency origin and destination pairs are examined but are not plan-specific. Subjective criteria such as interconnectivity and service are then applied to determine the final network. It has been found that a strategic rail corridor network somewhat analogous to the interstate highway system can be identified. This network is compatible with the preliminary classification of railroad mainlines identified by the Federal Railroad Administration.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies