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Optimal scheduling of trains on a single line track

Higgins, Andrew, Kozan, Erhan, & Ferreira, Luis (1996) Optimal scheduling of trains on a single line track. Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, 30(2), 147 -161.

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Abstract

This paper describes the development and use of a model designed to optimise train schedules on single line rail corridors. The model has been developed with two major applications in mind, namely: as a decision support tool for train dispatchers to schedule trains in real time in an optimal way; and as a planning tool to evaluate the impact of timetable changes, as well as railroad infrastructure changes. The mathematical programming model described here schedules trains over a single line track. The priority of each train in a conflict depends on an estimate of the remaining crossing and overtaking delay, as well as the current delay. This priority is used in a branch and bound procedure to allow and optimal solution to reasonable size train scheduling problems to be determined efficiently. The use of the model in an application to a 'real life' problem is discussed. The impacts of changing demand by increasing the number of trains, and reducing the number of sidings for a 150 kilometre section of single line track are discussed. It is concluded that the model is able to produce useful results in terms of optimal schedules in a reasonable time for the test applications shown here.

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ID Code: 2517
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: The authors would like to thank the reviewers and the journal editor, Professor Carlos Daganzo, for their helpful comments to the earlier version of this paper.
Keywords: optimisation, train schedule, delay, single line rail, decision support, mathematical programming, modelling, branch and bound
DOI: 10.1016/0191-2615(95)00022-4
ISSN: 0191-2615
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Transport Engineering (090507)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1996 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 09 Dec 2005
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:28

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