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Train path allocation, operations, investment and maintenance issues: the case of the Rotterdam–Constanza corridor

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Dewan Islam, Dr Tom ZunderORCiD, Philip Mortimer


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The main objective of European Commission funded RETRACK project is to develop, demonstrate and implement a commercially viable privately operated rail freight service along the West - East corridor from Rotterdam to Constanza traversing the five national railway networks of The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Hungary and Romania. To achieve this, the project was required to conduct research including in-depth literature review and field surveys followed by demonstrations. The current paper describes the infrastructure issues for the rail freight operation along the corridor. The study finds that all of national network vary in their response to the European Commission’s Railway packages, rail path specification, allocation processes, operations, investment and maintenance issues. However, the generic features of the entire corridor are: standard 1435mm rail gauge is used throughout; the loading gauge varies on the route; the route operates under differing power supply systems for electric locomotive operation; electric traction operations are feasible over the main routes over the principal lines; there are varying speed, axle weight and total trailing train weight limits in force; train control and signalling systems are based on individual national methods and patterns; and all the railways along the RETRACK corridor are UIC (International Union of Railways) members and work within its rulings and objectives.

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Author(s): Islam D, Zunder T, Mortimer P

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 13th International Symposium on Logistics (ISL)

Year of Conference: 2008

Publisher: Centre for Concurrent Enterprise