Train control to reduce delays upon service disturbances at railway junctions

Bai, Yun, Ho, Tin Kin, & Mao, Baohua (2011) Train control to reduce delays upon service disturbances at railway junctions. Journal of Transportation Systems Engineering and Information Technology, 11(5), pp. 114-122.

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Train delay is one of the most important indexes to evaluate the service quality of the railway. Because of the interactions of movement among trains, a delayed train may conflict with trains scheduled on other lines at junction area.

Train that loses conflict may be forced to stop or slow down because of restrictive signals, which consequently leads to the loss of run-time and probably enlarges more delays. This paper proposes a time-saving train control method to recover delays as soon as possible. In the proposed method, golden section search is adopted to identify the optimal train speed at the expected time of restrictive signal aspect upgrades, which enables the train to depart from the conflicting area as soon as possible. A heuristic method is then developed to attain the advisory train speed profile assisting drivers in train control.

Simulation study indicates that the proposed method enables the train to recover delays as soon as possible in case of disturbances at railway junctions, in comparison with the traditional maximum traction strategy and the green wave strategy.

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ID Code: 47737
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Railway transportation, Train control, Heuristic methods, Railway junctions, Delay recovery
DOI: 10.1016/S1570-6672(10)60147-X
ISSN: 1570-6672
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 > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in <Journal of Transportation Systems Engineering and Information Technology>. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Transportation Systems Engineering and Information Technology, [VOL 11, ISSUE 5, (2011)] DOI :10.1016/S1570-6672(10)60147-X
Deposited On: 14 Dec 2011 00:48
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2011 18:30

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