Meeting country rail freight demand

Planning for country rail freight infrastructure in New South Wales to meet future needs requires an understanding of both demand and capacity. Rail freight demand depends upon the volume of commodities and the likelihood of rail mode choice. Rail network capacity depends on the infrastructure and operational characteristics of lines such as track standards, axle type and number of trains which can use the line (train paths). Studies of specific rail routes have therefore combined detailed operational modelling with in-depth consideration of demand. System wide estimations of future rail freight traffic have instead generally applied simplified operational assumptions. In contrast to such well developed approaches this paper describes a research framework for a mesoscopic level investigation of demand and supply to cover 19 separate country rail routes in NSW. The paper begins with a brief description of the study context covering the scope of the NSW country rail network and the major commodities it carries. A description then follows of the freight demand forecasts available from the Bureau of Freight Statistics NSW Strategic Freight Model, potential adjustments for seasonal fluctuations, and consideration of local mode share issues. Capacity modelling, using the NSW Rail Freight Model in the RailSys platform, is then addressed. This capacity model must be designed to provide sufficient local operational detail. The approach combines the scope of a system wide approach with the local detail needed for prioritisation of routes for action or further study.


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 10p
  • Monograph Title: 32nd Conference of Australian Institutes of Transport Research (CAITR), University of New South Wales, Sydney, 17-18th February 2014

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01525031
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: May 20 2014 12:50PM