Planning of rolling stock movements has traditionally been seen as a subsidiary task to the overall timetable creation and editing problem, and owing to a perceived lack of complexity, software-based tools have not as been as fully developed as the train crew scheduling problem.
Rolling stock planning typically requires:
- The requirement for a high level of manual input, both in resources and time
- Frequent re-work of the timetable base
- Coping with a large number of variables in terms of different stock types and formations
- The ability to spot and correct errors in working which may not be obvious
- Seamless interface with multiple data sources
The value of Tracsis lies in providing a solution to this problem. Tracsis has developed a specialist software package, TRACS-RS, which has been designed from first principles for the purpose of rolling stock planning and scheduling on complex networks. TRACS-RS is based on a detailed planning geography and can handle multiple stock types and train formations and many different types of fleet planning rules. This product maximises schedule efficiency and ensure complete legality of stock diagrams.
One of the major benefits of TRACS-RS is its ability to carry out analysis of theoretical scenarios in a short space of time and as a result it is an indispensable tool in circumstances such as franchise bidding and when changes are proposed to timetables or fleets.