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An Efficient MIP Model For Locomotive Routing And Scheduling

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/CR100871

Volume

114

Pages

11

Page Range

963 - 973

Published

2010

Size

327 kb

Author(s)

M. Aronsson, P. Kreuger & J. Gjerdrum

Abstract

This paper presents a MIP model for a locomotive routing and scheduling problem from the domain of freight railways. Innovative features of the model include the use of binary variables to separate the integer and continuous parts of the problem to maintain the flow character of the integer part of the problem. The model has been developed with, and has found practical Green Cargo, the largest rail freight operator in Sweden. Keywords: vehicle routing and scheduling, rail traffic resource management. 1 Introduction The increasing competition within the railway transportation sector requires effective resource utilisation methods for companies such as Green Cargo, the largest rail freight operator in Sweden. In many countries in Europe, railroads have traditionally been state-owned organisations with diverse interests in e.g. passenger traffic, freight traffic, infrastructure and real estate investments. The Swedish state railway was deregulated in all these areas around the millennium, creating separate companies with dedicated resources. Before the deregulation, locomotives were used for passenger traffic in the daytime and freight traffic at night. Today, locomotives are dedicated to either cargo or passenger traffic, which has brought about utilisation patterns such as in figure 1.

Keywords

vehicle routing and scheduling, rail traffic resource management