Conflict-Free Railway Track Assignment at Depots

  • Managing rolling stock with no passengers aboard is a critical component of railway operations. In particular, one problem is to park the rolling stock on a given set of tracks at the end of a day or service. Depending on the parking assignment, shunting may be required in order for a parked train to depart or for an incoming train to park. Given a collection of tracks M and a collection of trains T with fixed arrival-departure timetable, the train assignment problem (TAP) is to determine the maximum number of trains from T that can be parked on M according to the timetable and without the use of shunting. Hence, efficiently solving the TAP allows to quickly compute feasible parking schedules that do not require further shunting adjustments. In this paper, we present two integer programming models for solving the TAP. To our knowledge, this is the first integrated approach that considers track lengths along with the three most common types of parking tracks. We compare these models on a theoretical level. We also prove that a decision version of the TAP is NP-complete, justifying the use of integer programming techniques. Using stochastic and robust modelling techniques, both models produce parking assignments that are optimized and robust according to random train delays. We conclude with computational results for both models, observing that they perform well on real timetables.

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Author:Brady Gilg, Torsten Klug, Rosemarie Martienssen, Joseph Paat, Thomas Schlechte, Christof Schulz, Sinan Seymen, Alexander Tesch
Document Type:In Proceedings
Parent Title (English):Proceedings of the IAROR conference RailLille
Year of first publication:2017
Preprint:urn:nbn:de:0297-zib-63843

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