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A comparison of modelled and real-life driving profiles for the simulation of railway vehicle operation

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Jonathan PowellORCiD, Professor Roberto Palacin



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A key factor in determining the performance of a railway system is the speed profile of the trains within the network. There can be significant variation in this speed profile for identical trains on identical routes, depending on how the train is driven. A better understanding and control of speed profiles can therefore offer significant potential for improvements in the performance of railway systems. This paper develops a model to allow the variability of real-life driving profiles of railway vehicles to be quantitatively described and predicted, in order to better account for the effects on the speed profile of the train and hence the performance of the railway network as a whole. The model is validated against data from the Tyne and Wear Metro, and replicates the measured data to a good degree of accuracy.

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Author(s): Powell JP, Palacin R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Transportation Planning and Technology

Year: 2015

Volume: 38

Issue: 1

Pages: 78-93

Print publication date: 01/01/2015

Online publication date: 13/11/2014

Acceptance date: 29/09/2014

Date deposited: 27/03/2015

ISSN (print): 0308-1060

ISSN (electronic): 1029-0354

Publisher: Taylor & Francis


DOI: 10.1080/03081060.2014.976984


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