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

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Marin Marinov



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.

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Author(s): Marinov MV, Viegas JM

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Transportation Planning and Technology

Year: 2011

Volume: 34

Issue: 4

Pages: 363-387

Print publication date: 19/05/2011

ISSN (print): 0308-1060

ISSN (electronic): 1029-0354

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd.


DOI: 10.1080/03081060.2011.577155


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