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1969

Industry Develops Transportation Control System

Missouri Pacific first developed this widely used integrated management information and control system for railroad transportation. When Union Pacific merged with the MP, it implemented TCS in its own operations, providing for traffic scheduling and real-time tracking, maintenance scheduling, yard assignments, inventory control and billing. TCS revolutionized operations, allowing the railroad to monitor 400 trains and 70,000 cars over UP’s 12-state, 12,000-mile system.

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After four decades of using TCS, Union Pacific announced plans to move to a new transportation control system. NetControl is expected to debut in 2013.

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