Optimizing service networks for rail freight transport between China and Europe

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Eurasian rail transport has made significant strides in recent years, demonstrating its po- tential as a critical player in the global supply chain. Yet, it remains confronted with challenges, particularly in meeting the diverse demands of today’s complex global sup- ply chain. The traditional ’one service for all’ operational strategy needs to address the unique needs of a global supply chain, underscoring the need for more tailored solutions. Further research is required regarding the Scheduled Service Network Design (SSND) in the context of international rail freight networks that consist of multiple rail systems featuring diverse railway gauges. We propose a time-space formulated I-SSND model designed explicitly for a relay international rail freight transport system. This innova- tive model seeks to provide heterogeneous services for shipments with differing origins, destinations, releases, and due times. The initial application of this model in Eurasian rail freight transport has yielded encouraging results, showcasing its potential for broader implementation within international rail freight transport.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 4th International Railway Symposium Aachen 2023
EditorsNils Nießen, Christian Schindler
PublisherDVV Media Group GmbH
Publication statusPublished - 22 Nov 2023


Title4th International Railway Symposium Aachen
Abbreviated titleIRSA 2023
Conference number4
Duration22 - 23 November 2023
Degree of recognitionInternational event
LocationEurogress Aachen

External IDs

ORCID /0000-0003-4111-2255/work/154192562



  • International rail transport, Eurasian rail transport, Scheduled Service Network Design (SSND), I-SSND, Automated rail planning