Technical Reports

Railroad Classification Yard Technology: A Survey and Assessment

  • 01
  • Jan
  • 1977
AUTHOR: Federal Railroad Administration
OFFICE: RPD
SUBOFFICE: RPD-30
REPORT NUMBER: DOT/FRA/ORD-76/304
KEYWORDS: Railroad Classification Yard Technology; A Survey and Assessment; Yard Design; Operational Procedures; Hump Yards; Flat Yards; Train-Terminal interaction
ABSTRACT: This report documents a survey and assessment of the current state of the art in rail freight-car classification yard technology. The major objective was the identification of research and development necessary for technological improvements in railroad classification yards. This involved a projection of future classification yard needs and a comparison of these requirements of existing technology. Separate tasks included a description of the hardware, costs, performance characteristics, and operational practices of existing yards; formulation of general yard-network interaction concepts; collection of in-depth background information concerning the yard population in the United States (categorized by type, technology, and function); estimation of the demands likely to be placed on the nation's network of freight-car terminals during the foreseeable future; and an assessment and prioritization of those areas of terminal operations that warrant further research or development.
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