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Impact of faster freight trains on railway capacity and operational quality

Geischberger, Jakob and Mönsters, Michael (2020) Impact of faster freight trains on railway capacity and operational quality. International Journal of Transport Development and Integration, 4 (3), pp. 274-285. WIT Press. doi: 10.2495/TDI-V4-N3-274-285. ISSN 2058-8305.

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In view of the transition towards climate-friendly transportation, mobility and freight traffic demand are both expected to grow in europe’s already heavily occupied railway networks. to accommodate the increasing traffic volume, capacity-optimised traffic planning is a requirement. one key factor in this context is the heterogeneity of train speeds on heavily used mixed-traffic railway lines. In this paper, we study the effects of train speed harmonisation based on the increase of freight train velocities. two planning scenarios are addressed: in the first case, freight trains have a conventional speed profile but can occasionally make use of their higher allowed speed level when needed. this can be used in operations to recover from delays or blend in with passenger traffic. In the second case, freight trains are scheduled to so-called ‘express train paths’ – reaching a more homogeneous timetable profile. the two planning concepts are analysed and compared in a microscopic simulation approach. It is shown that scenarios based on the first planning concept tend to have positive effects on operational quality and capacity, whereas scenarios using ‘express freight train paths’ are less promising in this respect.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/136204/
Document Type:Article
Title:Impact of faster freight trains on railway capacity and operational quality
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Geischberger, JakobUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-6588-6728UNSPECIFIED
Mönsters, MichaelUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-7191-8204UNSPECIFIED
Date:31 July 2020
Journal or Publication Title:International Journal of Transport Development and Integration
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:pp. 274-285
EditorsEmailEditor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Publisher:WIT Press
Keywords:express freight trains, microscopic simulation, punctuality, railway capacity
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Transport
HGF - Program Themes:Transport System
DLR - Research area:Transport
DLR - Program:V VS - Verkehrssystem
DLR - Research theme (Project):V - Energie und Verkehr (old)
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Transportation Systems > Design and Evaluation of Mobility Solutions, BS
Deposited By: Geischberger, Jakob
Deposited On:25 Feb 2022 13:12
Last Modified:28 Nov 2023 07:54

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