SIGNAL+DRAHT | Ausgabe 11/2020

The journey towards algorithmically planned trains

November 2020 | Julian Jordi, Thomas Künzi, Kaspar Schüpbach, Thomas Wieland

Timetabling an additional service on the tight and densely operated Swiss railway network has been a feat of craftsmanship ever since the first timetable was introduced in 1847. Even though timetable planning has been performed on computers since the end of the 1980s, it has so far remained a largely manual task requiring a great deal of skill from the planners. Now for the first time, smartrail 4.0 has managed to carry out this demanding planning task almost completely automatically with the help of an algorithm (fig....

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