LocoMAX can create a railroad’s locomotive operating plan in clean sheet mode. This type of mode is used when the railroads performs a major change in its train schedule or is performing some strategic studies.
LocoMAXSM software creates a repeatable weekly locomotive operating plan for a railroad that specifies active and deadhead locomotives assigned to each train, creates locomotive connections from inbound trains to outbound trains, and generates recommendations for light travel locomotives. LocoMAX ensures that each train receives the optimal horsepower to pull the train at the right speed, while doing so at the minimum operating cost. The LocoMAX system has demonstrated a 3 to 5 percent savings in locomotive operating costs.
In addition to creating optimal operating plans, LocoMAX software can also be used for a variety of what-if studies including determining optimal fleet size, identifying best locomotive operating practices, and assessing the impact of major train schedule changes on locomotive fleet requirements.