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Locomotive Scheduling Problem

  • Balachandran VaidyanathanEmail author
  • Ravindra K. Ahuja
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Part of the International Series in Operations Research & Management Science book series (ISOR, volume 222)

Abstract

Every day, railroad managers need to assign hundreds of locomotives to hundreds of different trains. Locomotive scheduling involves optimally assigning a set of locomotives to each train so that the assignment satisfies a variety of business constraints and minimizes the total scheduling cost. Major US railroad companies have several billions of dollars of capital investment in locomotives. Thus, solving this problem effectively is of critical importance for railroads.

Keywords

Fleet Size Time Network Super Node Locomotive Type Foreign Power 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.FedEx CorporationMemphisUSA
  2. 2.OptymGainesvilleUSA

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