METHODOLOGY FOR INVESTIGATING THE POSSIBILITIES OF FORMING MULTI-GROUP GOODS TRAINS DURING THE FIRST SORTING PHASE AT HIGH-CAPACITY MARSHALLING YARDS

In railway goods traffic, the standard of service is decisively influenced by the total travelling time of the payload. That is why, from the outset, it has been the aim of marshalling techniques to reduce the time required for the forming and reclassifying of the trains. By integrating the secondary sorting process with the train splitting process at the main hump, the formation of multi-group trains can be considerably accelerated. With the secondary sorting method, here investigated irrespective of local conditions at any given marshalling yard, it is possible to derive considerable benefits from automatic train splitting operation also in respect of the formation of multi-group trains and to achieve a streamlined marshalling process. The paper sets out to prove the feasibility of humping single wagons as well as rakes of wagons and to indicate the practical limits of the proposed optimum concept for the control of the marshalling equipment. A method suggested in the paper can be used for calculating the necessary number and length of the sidings. Apart from permitting the calculation of the time required for the marshalling operations, the method provides a basis for the economic comparison of the suggested "formation of multi-group trains during the first sorting phase" with other secondary sorting systems. The paper is a synopsis of the key results of a dissertation with the same title, published in 1974 as No. 6 of the series of publications of the "Institute for Transport, Railway Matters and Traffic Protection" at Brunswick Technical University.

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    International Railway Congress Association

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  • Authors:
    • Boebertshahn, R
  • Publication Date: 1974-12

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  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 754-766
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00081392
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Rail International
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 6 1975 12:00AM