Efficient Circulation of Railway Rolling Stock

23 Pages Posted: 18 Feb 2003

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Arianna Alfieri

Polytechnic University of Turin - Department of Production Systems and Business Economics (DISPEA)

Rutger Groot

ORTEC Consultants

L. G. Kroon

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

Lex Schrijver

Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica (CWI)

Date Written: 16 2002, 12

Abstract

Railway rolling stock (locomotives, carriages, and train units) is oneof the most significant cost sources for operatorsof passenger trains,both public and private. Rolling stock costsare due to materialacquisition, power supply, and material maintenance. The efficientcirculation of rolling stock material is therefore one of theobjectives pursued. In this paper we focus on the circulation of trainunits on a single line. In order to utilize the train units on thisline in an efficient way, they are added to or removed from the trainsin certain stations, according to the passengers' seat demand. Sinceadding and removing train units has to respect specific rules, it isimportant to know the exact order of the train units in the trains.This aspect strongly increases the complexity of the rolling stockcirculation problem. In this paper we present aninteger programmingapproach to solve this problem. We also apply this approach to a reallife case study based on the 2001-2002 timetable of NS Reizigers, themajor Dutch operator of passenger trains.

Keywords: railways, public transportation, rolling stock circulation, operations research, logistics

JEL Classification: M, M11, R4, R41

Suggested Citation

Alfieri, Arianna and Groot, Rutger and Kroon, Leo and Schrijver, Lex, Efficient Circulation of Railway Rolling Stock (16 2002, 12). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=371058

Arianna Alfieri

Polytechnic University of Turin - Department of Production Systems and Business Economics (DISPEA)

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Torino, 10129
Italy

Rutger Groot

ORTEC Consultants

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NL-2800 AL Gouda
Netherlands

Leo Kroon (Contact Author)

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

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Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)

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Netherlands

NS Reizigers - Department of Logistics

3500 HA Utrecht
Netherlands

Lex Schrijver

Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica (CWI)

P.O. Box 94079
Amsterdam, NL-1090 GB
Netherlands

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