Railway capacity is a concept that is not easily defined or quantified. Difficulties include the numerous interrelated factors present in the already complex structure of the railway layout. In this paper capacity is defined as the maximum number of trains that can traverse the entire railway in a given period of time, subject to management constraints (such as junction capacity, track capacity, line capacity and interference probability between trains). The proposed method is based on defining and solving an optimization problem which aims at finding out the capacity value of a railway system. It is not based on timetables and moreover it can indirectly take into account priorities between trains and possible delays; it is able to give the time occupation percentage in each component for each train category. It has been applied to a real-life case study showing the range of its validity and the possibility of application for any generic railway scheme.

An analytical approach to calculate the capacity of a railway system

MUSSONE, LORENZO;
2013

Abstract

Railway capacity is a concept that is not easily defined or quantified. Difficulties include the numerous interrelated factors present in the already complex structure of the railway layout. In this paper capacity is defined as the maximum number of trains that can traverse the entire railway in a given period of time, subject to management constraints (such as junction capacity, track capacity, line capacity and interference probability between trains). The proposed method is based on defining and solving an optimization problem which aims at finding out the capacity value of a railway system. It is not based on timetables and moreover it can indirectly take into account priorities between trains and possible delays; it is able to give the time occupation percentage in each component for each train category. It has been applied to a real-life case study showing the range of its validity and the possibility of application for any generic railway scheme.
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