Present and Future Operation of Rail Freight Terminals

  • Marco Antognoli
  • Luigi Capodilupo
  • Cristiano Marinacci
  • Stefano Ricci
  • Luca Rizzetto
  • Eros Tombesi
Part of the Studies in Systems, Decision and Control book series (SSDC, volume 155)


Rail freight has not progressed coherently to economy: during the last century, the wagonload was the core business of railways, later declining in favor of combined transport, which include the notion of transshipment in an intermediate terminal. Terminals are a key element of transport services and, in this study, the main goal are methods suitable to evaluate the performances of different types of rail freight terminals: Rail to road for long distance and shorter range units transfer, Rail to rail for shunting and/or gauge interchange, Rail to waterways (sea and inland). The evaluation of the performances of terminals and the influence on them of innovative operational measures and technologies is based on a selected combination of tested analytical methods based on sequential application of algorithms and discrete events simulation models, capable to quantify different Key Performance Indicators.


Freight rail transport Terminals performances KPI Operational costs Economic analysis Financial analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marco Antognoli
    • 1
  • Luigi Capodilupo
    • 1
  • Cristiano Marinacci
    • 1
  • Stefano Ricci
    • 1
  • Luca Rizzetto
    • 1
  • Eros Tombesi
    • 1
  1. 1.DICEASapienza Università di RomaRomeItaly

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