Frazer-Nash has developed a unique depot modelling software tool that is capable of comprehensively simulating the distinct activities that occur in a railway depot, and the interdependencies that exist.
Simulation of these activities is required to comprehensively analyse, assess and validate the performance of this complex environment under both normal and degraded conditions. The models used to simulate the environment consider fleet type, depot arrivals and departures, layout, required maintenance activities, staff roster, and train movement restrictions.
The models’ output plots the achieved and desired timetables, and illustrates the completeness of each maintenance activity, with interrogation identifying bottlenecks, depot operations’ inefficiencies and areas of over-capacity. The fast running simulation allows for quick and easy amendment of inputs, to trial alternative proposals without large capital expenditure. From a cost perspective, by comparing the output of various models a decision can be made on the most cost effective solution, which provides the required functionality when aligned to budget and timescales.