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Title: Trip optimization system and method for a train

A system for operating a train having one or more locomotive consists with each locomotive consist comprising one or more locomotives, the system including a locator element to determine a location of the train, a track characterization element to provide information about a track, a sensor for measuring an operating condition of the locomotive consist, a processor operable to receive information from the locator element, the track characterizing element, and the sensor, and an algorithm embodied within the processor having access to the information to create a trip plan that optimizes performance of the locomotive consist in accordance with one or more operational criteria for the train.
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General Electric Company ALO
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Patent File Date: 2006 Mar 10
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General Electric Company, Schenectady, NY (United States)
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United States

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  • Hawkins, William Charles; McManus, Sean James
  • US Patent Document 7,778,747
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