Challenge: can you find the best plan to refuel locomotives?

Via the INFORMS newsletter, I found out this cool competition (trains and analytics, how much cooler can it get?): can you find the best plan to refuel the locomotives of a railroad company?

Create a cost-effective plan to fuel the locomotives that power a railroad’s trains. Specify how many fuel trucks to contract at each yard and how much fuel to dispense into the locomotives of trains that run over a specified time horizon. Ensure that no locomotive runs out of fuel en route between yards. Sounds easy? We’ll see about that!

Learn more about the challenge at the competition website, and register by June 15, for glory, bragging rights, a shot at a first prize of $2,500 – and help spare some poor chaps an unpleasant day:

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