The objective of rail operations modeling is to test, refine, and measure the impact of proposed plant, rolling stock, operational, and maintenance program enhancements. Benefits are typically measured in terms of improved capacity, speed, reliability, and schedule feasibility.
The Railway Analysis & Interactive Line Simulator (RAILS2000®) is one of the most accurate railroad capacity programs available due to a very powerful Train Performance Calculator (TPC) module that drives the movements of individual trains within the simulation. The simulation process is often used to validate and refine alternative operating and infrastructure solutions to ensure the most cost effective and timely capital investment plan for mainline rail operations.
RAILS2000® is a true event-based simulation model. The software ‘engine’ is logic based, with optimizing capabilities deliberately restricted to emulate real-world limitations of train dispatching. The model is capable of handling multi-track mainline corridors and complex signal plant for both freight and transit operations.