U. Fischer, S. Mirkovic, S. Milinkovic, A. Schöbel:
"Possibilities For Integrated Timetables Within The Serbian Railway Network";
FACTA UNIVERSITATIS, Series Mechanical Engineering,
Timetables are key control elements for railways. They determine all costs for operation but also have a great effect on a railway company ́s revenue, because the utilization of trains depends largely on travel times and available connections. In this paper, a fully functioning system of so-called integrated timetables within Serbia`s present inter-city railway network is developed. A big difference to common timetables lies in the fact that all the lines are served several times a day with a fixed interval of two hours and all the trains serving one junction are connected to all the trains going from there to other directions in a short transfer time. So it is possible to reduce total travel time between several Serbian towns to as much as three hours without major investment for improving the tracks` maximum speed potential. The two-hour-interval has been decided to perform the balancing act between working out ways to increase the attractiveness of the railway networks while making best use of the modest rolling stock and infrastructure which are now available. Going along with renovation of the tracks, it might even be possible to shorten the intervals to one hour, to increase the trains` speed and to integrate local traffic within this system in the future.
Railway Operation, Integrated Timetable, Passenger Transport, Simulation
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