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A Concept Paper on Analyzing the Level of Compatibility between Rail Freight Wagons, Freight Transportation Services and Loading Units

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Marin Marinov, Dr Tom ZunderORCiD, Dr Dewan Islam



A major issue is that over the last decade many customers needs have changed and therefore new services have emerged (e.g., Non-Bulk Services by Rail) while some other services have been abandoned by some rail freight organizations in Europe (e.g., Single Wagon Load). New services require new behaviour of the systems employing new equipment. Undoubtedly, this situation has a direct effect on the overall level of performance of the rail freight organizations and here the question is: what is the current level of compatibility between existing freight wagon fleet, loading units and freight transportation services by rail and how we assess it? This situation motivated us to develop this concept paper aiming at expressing our concerns regarding the lack of a uniformed performance assessment approach for analysing the levels of compatibility between rail freight wagons, loading units and freight transportation services by rail.

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Author(s): Marinov M, Zunder T, Islam D

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Mechanics, Transport, Communications

Year: 2010

Issue: 1

Pages: 0467

Date deposited: 26/02/2010

ISSN (electronic): 1312-3823


Notes: Article no. 0467