Date of Award


Degree Type



Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Keys, L. Kenneth

Subject Headings

Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Lean manufacturing, Railroads -- Maintenance and repair


The recognized strength of lean systems is its broad applicability to every process industry even though they include some complicated and time-intensive processes. However, this conception is based on the tools and philosophy of Lean systems and the nature of the industry. The required craftsmanship and repetitive processes in rail maintenance define the uniqueness of this research The objective of this thesis was to research the opportunities and applicability for lean systems in rail maintenance. During the research a unique system, consisting of Lean systems and systems engineering tools, is realized and tried to integrate instead of a pure Lean system. This thesis details the potential implementation of Lean systems in the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority's rail maintenance facility, and presents the results of the potential transformation