The TM– Railroad Track Management System

by Henry Hide, Cole, Sherman & Associates Ltd, Toronto, Canada,
William T. McCarthy, Cole, Sherman & Associates Ltd, Toronto, Canada,
Henry M. Lees, Jr., Cole, Sherman & Associates Ltd, Toronto, Canada,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Infrastructure: Planning and Management


The TM$ Railroad Track Management System is designed to increase effective access to track performance data, to forecast the effects of deterioration and maintenance activity, and to formulate cost-effective maintenance programs. Data interfaces and manipulation programs allow electronic transfer of condition data from track geometry recording cars and other data from corporate data bases. Track condition indices can be displayed in color graphic form to speed review of large sections of track or to permit detailed analysis of track problems on a mile-by-mile basis. Forecasts are based on statistical models of track deterioration and maintenance effectiveness, and are used by the cost and economic evaluation models to develop coordinated surface rail, and tie, maintenance programs for periods up to five years.

Subject Headings: Systems management | Information management | Railroad tracks | Rail transportation | Forecasting | Data collection | Graphic methods | Financial management

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