Technical Reports

Freight Car Truck Design Optimization: Truck Economic Data Collection and Analysis

  • 01
  • Mar
  • 1976
AUTHOR: David April
SUBJECT: Evaluation
KEYWORDS: Freight Car Truck Operating Costs, Freight Car Economic Model, Freight Car Truck Economic Data Collection
ABSTRACT: A first interim report covering the development of the TDOP economic methodology was published by the Federal Railroad Administration in April 1975. It contains the truck investment economic evaluation procedures intended for the use of the railroad industry and their suppliers. The primary objective of the Truck Economic Data Collection and Analysis Program is to test the procedures for establishing the significant actual operating costs of existing Type I general purpose trucks. This second interim report covers the progress of the program. A generalized truck cost information system was designed for the collection and integration of truck economic data. The collection of test data for off-line truck maintenance costs was completed. Test data collection was initiated for on-line truck maintenance and other associated costs and operating conditions. Preparatory work was begun to develop the appropriate data analysis guidelines. A preliminary analysis of some of the test data clearly revealed the truck's reported off-line wear and failure cost performance. Railroad companies and their suppliers are encouraged to consider adopting the tested procedures of the TDOP economic methodology. A progressive implementation of this methodology will provide them with the timely opportunity to develop a truck economic evaluation capability of their own.
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