Creating an Integrated Hump Yard Simulation System
As volumes continued to grow in CSX Transportation’s rail network, its hump yards became congested. Partnering with CSX, we developed an integrated hump yard simulation system to help the company determine a hump yard’s true capacity. We identified bottlenecks, recommended optimal capacity expansion options and identified yard improvement opportunities.
- When CSX used YardSYM® to select the best sizing options for improving productivity in a hump yard, our options enabled it to reduce the cost per car processed by as much as six percent.
- CSX used YardSYM® to evaluate whether adding departure tracks in a yard would improve yard productivity and concluded that no justifiable return on investment would result. Consequently, YardSYM® yielded millions of dollars in savings on capital investments that were planned but not done as a result of this study.