Modelling single line train operations

Higgins, Andrew, Ferreira, Luis, & Kozan, Erhan (1995) Modelling single line train operations. Transportation Research Record, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Railroad Transportation Research, 1489, 9 -16.


Scheduling of trains on a single line involves using train priorities for the resolution of conflicts. The mathematical programming model described in the first part of this paper schedules trains over a single line track when the priority of each train in a conflict depends on an estimate of the remaining crossing and overtaking delay. This priority is used in a branch and bound procedure to allow the determination of optimal solutions quickly. This is demonstrated with the use of an example. Rail operations over a single line track require the existence of a set of sidings at which trains can cross and/ or overtake each other. Investment decisions on upgrading the number and location of these sidings can have a significant impact on both customer service and rail profitability. Sidings located at insufficient positions may lead to high operating costs and congestion. The second part of this paper puts forward a model to determine the optimal position of a set of sidings on a single track rail corridor. The sidings are positioned to minimise the total delay and train operating costs of a given cyclic train schedule. The key feature of the model is the allowance of non-constant train velocities and non-uniform departure times.

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ID Code: 2519
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Railroad Scheduling, Siding Location, Optimisation Techniques, Railroad Operations
ISSN: 0361-1981
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
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1995 National Academy of Sciences
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 16 Nov 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:28

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