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Re-optimizing ICE Rotations after a Tunnel Breakdown near Rastatt

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  • Planning rolling stock movements in industrial passenger railway applications isa long-term process based on timetables which are also often valid for long periods of time. For these timetables and rotation plans, i.e., plans of railway vehicle movements are constructed as templates for these periods. During operation the rotation plans are affected by all kinds of unplanned events. An unusal example for that is the collapse of a tunnel ceiling near Rastatt in southern Germany due to construction works related to the renewal of the central station in Stuttgart. As a result the main railway connection between Stuttgart and Frankfurt am Main, located on top of the tunnel, had to be closed from August 12th to October 2nd 2017. This had a major impact on the railway network in southern Germany. Hence, all rotation plans and train schedules for both passenger and cargo traffic had to be revised. In this paper we focus on a case study for this situation and compute new rotation plans via mixed integer programming for the ICE high speed fleet of DB Fernverkehr AG one of the largest passenger railway companies in Europe. In our approach we take care of some side constraints to ensure a smooth continuation of the rotation plans after the disruption has ended.

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Author:Boris Grimm, Ralf BorndörferORCiD, Thomas Schlechte
Document Type:ZIB-Report
Tag:case study; mixed integer programming; railway rolling stock optimization; re-optimization
Date of first Publication:2019/07/18
Series (Serial Number):ZIB-Report (19-02)
Published in:Appeared in: Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Railway Operations Modelling and Analysis - RailNorrköping 2019
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