Current Methods for Optimizing Rail Marshalling Yard Operations.
Final rept. 1981-1993,
KANSAS STATE UNIV MANHATTAN DEPT OF INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING
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Americas railroads handle 37.5 of all freight shipped within the continental United States. Because of the competition from other modes of transportation, the rail industry is eager to improve its operational effectiveness. Smooth and efficient rail yard operations can improve delivery date reliability, reduce the time it takes a rail car to travel from its origin to its destination, and decrease the amount of time it takes to sort incoming cars or assemble outbound trains. This paper will focus on three different models - Shis Hump Sequencing System, Krafts Mixed-Integer Optimization Model, and Fergusons Switching Process Model - designed to help optimize freight rail marshalling or classification yards.
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