Engineering Services Functional Group

Technical Committee 16 - Economics of Railway Engineering & Operations

This committee is responsible for the development and publication of current information regarding railway location and route comparison studies, train performance, locomotive characteristics, railway operation, engineering records, depreciation estimation and accounting, information required in connection with property accounting, cost accounting methods, statistical records and forms for analyzing expenditures. It also develops current information regarding maintenance-of-way, manpower, programming of work, budgeting, construction and maintenance operations, and equated mileage parameters. In addition, it maintains information on taxation and depreciation as they impact engineering studies, and maintains an awareness of large magnitude railway projects in North America. It also manages the W. W. Hay Engineering Excellence Award.


Michael K. Couse

Roadway Worker Protection Services

Twin Cities & Western Railroad


Vice Chair

Timothy D. Robinson, P.Eng.

Transportation Supervisor

Canadian National Railway



C. Tyler Dick, PhD, PE

Assistant Professor

University of Texas At Austin



Subcommittees and Current Assignments

Subcommittee A: Recommendations for Further Investigation and Research.

Subcommittee B: Revision of Manual.

  • C-3-96: Maintain awareness of large magnitude railway projects and accomplishments in North America through the W. W. Hay Engineering Award. Ongoing assignment.
  • D-1-14: Revision to Part 4-Railway Operation.
  • D-2-14: Revision to Part 3-Power.

Subcommittee 4: To study and define Precision Scheduled Railroad (PSR) material along with performance metrics.

  • C4-1-21: Development of PSR material.