Reliability of Railway Systems

The growing mobility in the Netherlands puts pressure on the railway network, as it is increasingly asked to support additional numbers of passengers and goods. In this thesis, the author focuses on the improvement of railway reliability, primarily through the development of tools and guidelines that help in the construction of reliable timetables. After an introduction, the author discusses these issues in five sections: timetabling and delays; timetabling, max-plus algebra, and simulation; running time supplements; the heterogeneity of railway traffic; and the use of stochastic timetable optimization. The author introduces a numerical model that enables the optimization of the supplement allocation for a single train. The optimization factors in the expected average arrival delays at the intermediate stations and the end station of a train, given a certain disturbance distribution per trip. The author also draws conclusions regarding heterogeneity, or the use of a timetable with large scheduled speed differences between trains on the same track. Homogenization of these speed differences leads to larger headways and, consequently, to less delay propagation, and hence more robust timetables. A glossary of relevant terms is included in the document.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: TRAIL Thesis series T2005/7
  • Features: Figures; Glossary; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 243p
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01004105
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9058920895
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 23 2005 7:49AM