Tactical management of rail freight transportation services: Evaluation of yard performance

Marin V. Marinov, José M. Viegas

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Abstract

In this paper, a two-step approach for the evaluation of rail freight yard performance at a tactical management level, that could plausibly be used at both annual and weekly planning levels, is presented and discussed. The suggested approach involves analytical modelling with G/G/m queues and event-based simulations with SIMUL8 which is implemented for the purposes of a rail freight operator. Interesting concepts and important relations involving traffic rules, yard capacity and utilization rates are demonstrated based on a case study of CP Carga, the Portuguese rail freight operator.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363-387
Number of pages25
JournalTransportation Planning and Technology
Volume34
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2011

Keywords

  • Performance
  • Rail freight
  • Rail yard
  • Simulation
  • Tactical planning

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