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Determining fixed crane areas in rail-rail transshipment yards


  • Boysen, Nils
  • Fliedner, Malte
  • Kellner, Michael


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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  • Boysen, Nils & Fliedner, Malte & Kellner, Michael, 2010. "Determining fixed crane areas in rail-rail transshipment yards," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 46(6), pages 1005-1016, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:transe:v:46:y:2010:i:6:p:1005-1016

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    1. Boysen, Nils & Briskorn, Dirk & Meisel, Frank, 2017. "A generalized classification scheme for crane scheduling with interference," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 258(1), pages 343-357.
    2. Ambrosino, Daniela & Siri, Silvia, 2015. "Comparison of solution approaches for the train load planning problem in seaport terminals," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, vol. 79(C), pages 65-82.
    3. 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.
    4. repec:spr:jsched:v:20:y:2017:i:5:d:10.1007_s10951-017-0520-6 is not listed on IDEAS
    5. Stefan Fedtke & Nils Boysen, 2017. "Gantry crane and shuttle car scheduling in modern rail–rail transshipment yards," OR Spectrum: Quantitative Approaches in Management, Springer;Gesellschaft für Operations Research e.V., vol. 39(2), pages 473-503, March.
    6. 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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