Diesel Locomotive Fueling Problem (LFP) in Railroad Operations

  • Bodhibrata NagEmail author
  • Katta G. Murty
Part of the International Series in Operations Research & Management Science book series (ISOR, volume 212)


In this chapter we discuss the locomotive fueling problem (LFP) which is a critical problem in the operation of railroads using diesel locomotives. We describe three different algorithms, two based on greedy method and one using a MIP model to find a fueling plan for the various trains to minimize the total cost of fueling the locomotives. It is a case study, based on a simplified real problem constructed and set up for the “Problem Solving Competition 2010” organized by the RAS (Railway Applications Society) of the professional society INFORMS.


Diesel Locomotive Planning Horizon Mixed Integer Programming Round Trip Setup Cost 
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We thank RAS of INFORMS, and Kamlesh Somani, Juan C Morales for permission to use this problem as a case study problem for this chapter and for agreeing to maintain the statement of the problem for future readers at the site mentioned in [3]. This problem specified by the data sets here can be used as a classroom project problem illustrating the usefulness of the greedy method in real world applications.

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    Railway Applications Section (RAS) of INFORMS. RAS-2010-ProblemSolvingCompetition (PDF file) downloaded from INFORMS website. Accessed 7 Nov 2011.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Operations Management GroupIndian Institute of Management CalcuttaCalcuttaIndia
  2. 2.IOE DepartmentUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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