Allocation of Railway Rolling Stock for Passenger Trains

20 Pages Posted: 18 Feb 2003

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Erwin Abbink

NS Reizigers - Department of Logistics

Bianca van den Berg

Cap Gemini Ernst & Young

L. G. Kroon

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Department of Technology and Operations Management; Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM); NS Reizigers - Department of Logistics

Marc Salomon

University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

Date Written: May 17, 2002

Abstract

For a commercially operating railway company, providing a high level of service for the passengers is of utmost importance. The latter requires a high punctuality of the trains and an adequate rolling stock capacity. Unfortunately, the latter is currently (2002) one of the bottlenecks in the service provision by the main Dutch railway operator NS Reizigers. Especially during the morning rush hours, many passengers cannot be transported according to the usual service standards due to a shortage of the rolling stock capacity. On the other hand, a more effective allocation of the available rolling stock capacity seems to be feasible, since there are also several trains with some slack capacity. The effectiveness of the rolling stock capacity is determined mainly by the allocation of the train types and subtypes to the lines. Therefore, we describe in this paper a model that can be used to find an optimal allocation of train types and subtypes to train series. This optimal allocation is more effective than the manually planned one, which is accomplished by minimizing the shortages of capacity during the rush hours. The model is implemented in the modeling language OPL Studio 3.1, solved by CPLEX 7.0, and tested on several scenarios based on the 2001-2002 timetable of NS Reizigers. The results of the model were received positively, both by the planners and by the management in practice, since these results showed that a significant service improvement over the manually planned allocation can be achieved within a shorter throughput time of the involved part of the planning process.

Keywords: operations research, transportation, railways, capacity allocation, rolling stock

JEL Classification: R4, M, M11

Suggested Citation

Abbink, Erwin and van den Berg, Bianca and Kroon, Leo and Salomon, Marc, Allocation of Railway Rolling Stock for Passenger Trains (May 17, 2002). ERIM Report Series Reference No. ERS-2002-47-LIS, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=370995

Erwin Abbink

NS Reizigers - Department of Logistics ( email )

3500 HA Utrecht
Netherlands

Bianca Van den Berg

Cap Gemini Ernst & Young

P.O. Box 271
222 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario M5K 1J5
Canada

Leo Kroon (Contact Author)

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Department of Technology and Operations Management ( email )

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NS Reizigers - Department of Logistics

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Netherlands

Marc Salomon

University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) ( email )

Third Avenue and Parnassus
San Francisco, CA 94143
United States

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