Areas of Consultancy
Timetable Performance Modelling & Analysis
Analysis of Timetable Planning Rules
Rolling Stock/Fleet Planning
Train Crew Diagramming
Tracsis uses RailSys™ to assess performance of current and proposed timetables and infrastructure
configurations, both to recommend changes that could lead to better punctuality and to feed into analysis of likely levels of
In addition, Tracsis has analysts who can assess performance issues in detail including TRUST/PSS data analysis, Schedule 8 calculation and delay attribution.
Where timetables are being changed or different rolling stock is being considered, it may be necessary to calculate new planning
values as an input to the timetabling process. Tracsis typically uses RailSys™ to calculate theoretical rules such as running times,
headways and junction margins. These are then converted into planning values using standard industry conventions. Delay data and
observations are combined using in-house tools to assess dwell times.
RailSys™ can also be used to assess where allowances can be placed to get maximum performance benefit.
Tracsis undertakes timetable development work from minor timing changes through to major recasts, using experienced train planners. Tracsis uses tools such as CMS timetables™, VoyagerPlan™ and RailSys™ to support this work.
Tracsis uses its own specialist fleet planning software, TRACS-RS, to undertake complex fleet scheduling tasks. Many different scenarios can be tested rapidly using TRACS-RS (for instance, the impact on diagrams and train miles of changing depot locations). In addition to the relatively simple ‘single day’ diagramming problem, Tracsis can produce cyclic diagrams for maintenance planning should this be required. Timetables can be imported from a multitude of formats and Tracsis has produced interfaces with a wide range of timetable packages including TrainPlan™, VoyagerPlan™, CMS™ and TPS™. TRACS-RS also links with TrainTRACS and has a wide variety of reporting functions including mileages, diagrammed formations, utilisation and links through to demand modelling tools such as MOIRA™.
Tracsis has many experienced diagrammers with a wealth of experience of creating efficient diagrams for franchise bids as well as
train operators facing major timetable changes or wanting to make changes to train crew terms and conditions.
Tracsis' own TrainTRACS software is our preferred tool for train crew diagramming and has proved very successful in identifying possible savings from more efficient diagramming, whilst adhering to all relevant diagramming rules. TrainTRACS seeks to build optimal diagrams from scratch each time it is run, whereas the train planner simply does not have time to do this and typically works by making changes to existing diagrams.
Once the base model is set up and run, TrainTRACS enables the planner to undertake ‘optioneering’ analysis quickly, with diagrams for different terms and conditions or depot locations, output in a matter of a day or two rather than many weeks.
TrainTRACS is an optimisation software package, developed by Tracsis, that enables analysis of staff rosters to be made quicker and
more effectively than using purely manual methods.
Tracsis has undertaken train crew rostering work for a number of clients and across a broad range of clients demonstrating how better, centralised rostering can make savings and how changes to conditions can impact crew numbers.