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Determining fixed crane areas in rail-rail transshipment yards


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  • Boysen, Nils
  • Fliedner, Malte
  • Kellner, Michael
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    To enable rapid container transshipment between freight trains in modern rail-rail transshipment yards efficient computerized scheduling procedures are indispensable. This paper proposes a dynamic programming approach, which determines yard areas for gantry cranes, so that the workload is evenly spread among cranes and, thus, train processing is accelerated. In a straightforward simulation of transshipment yard operations, the effect of optimal crane areas vs. equally sized areas is studied, the latter being a common real-world policy. The results indicate a remarkable speed-up of train processing if optimal crane areas are applied.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review.

    Volume (Year): 46 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 6 (November)
    Pages: 1005-1016

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:transe:v:46:y:2010:i:6:p:1005-1016

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    Keywords: Railway systems Transshipment yards Container handling Crane scheduling;


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    1. Boysen, Nils & Fliedner, Malte & Jaehn, Florian & Pesch, Erwin, 2012. "Shunting yard operations: Theoretical aspects and applications," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 220(1), pages 1-14.
    2. Nossack, Jenny & Pesch, Erwin, 2013. "A truck scheduling problem arising in intermodal container transportation," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 230(3), pages 666-680.


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