While most of the Class I railroads are at some point in the process of implementing precision scheduled railroading (PSR), we rarely hear any details about the actual steps being taken to lengthen trains, increase car velocity, or reduce handlings. What are the decisions that railroads are making to design an operating plan that optimizes assets while ensuring reliable customer service?

In a recent article in Progressive Railroading’s Technology Update (http://bit.ly/2Nr1zqm) we stated that building better blocking plans are an critical part of implementing PSR. Optimized blocking plans increase the velocity of rolling stock by reducing the excess handling of train blocks, which decreases yard dwell.

At Biarri Rail, we strongly believe that optimized blocking is essential to efficiently moving carload traffic, which is the most profitable traffic for the Class I railroads. Block optimization software gives you the tools to build the base of an operating plan, quantitatively test yard capacities, and to also make decisions on the size and location of classification yards.

In my career, I have seen many attempts to provide software for optimizing block design, and for the assignment of traffic to blocks, but all have been difficult to set up and maintain, and many had no way to easily incorporate the results into the operating plan.

However, this is not the case with Biarri Rail’s Boss planning platform. Boss is a fully integrated cloud-based system which supports planning for network, blocks, trains, rolling stock and crews. The blocking module uses specialized algorithms for defining the blocks, optimizing the assignment of traffic to the blocks, creating efficient block swaps, and reducing train and crew starts. Biarri Rail also features an intuitive user interface and is designed to ensure a seamless integration with railroad operating systems.

For more information on Biarri Rail and Boss, please contact Tom Forbes at Tom.Forbes@Biarri.com.