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By Tom Steinert-Threlkeld  |  Posted 2005-04-06 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The freight hauler used to rely on masterly improvisers such as Roy Thigpen and Charlie Grady to get its trains through. Now, it has novices—and software.

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Headquarters:
500 Water St.,
15th Floor,
Jacksonville,
FL 32202

Phone: (904) 359-3200

Business: Largest freight train operator on the East Coast.

Chief Technology Officer: John L. West

Financials in 2004: $8 billion in revenue; $418 million in net income from continuing operations; net profit margin 4.6%.

Challenge: Run freight trains on a fixed schedule, throughout network; minimize improvisation; maximize efficient use of trains, rail yards and personnel.

Baseline Goals:
  • Increase the number of cars on its rail lines on any given day, from 236,289 at end of February 2005.
  • Improve average speed of a train, which fell to 20.3 mph in 2004, from 21.1 mph in 2003.
  • Reduce amount of time a train spends in a terminal between runs, which rose to 28.7 hours in 2004, from 25.3 hours in 2003.


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tst@ziffdavisenterprise.com
Tom was editor-in-chief of Interactive Week, from 1995 to 2000, leading a team that created the Internet industry's first newspaper and won numerous awards for the publication. He also has been an award-winning technology journalist for the Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School and the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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