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Modelling of rail networks: Toward a routing/makeup model

  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics


Freight flow management in rail systems involves multicommodity flows on a network complicated by node activities (queueing and classification of cars at marshalling yards). Routing in these systems should account for technology requirements of motive power and traction as well as resource allocation (cars to blocks, blocks to trains). In this paper, we propose a hierarchial taxonomy of modelling issues and describe a class of models dealing with car routing and train makeup from the viewpoint of network flows and combinatorial optimization. We compare our model with two previous rail network models and discuss possibilities for algorithmic development.

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