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A mixed integer programming approach for freight railcar distribution

Marcello Calado; Júlio Barros; Ernesto Nobre; Bruno Prata

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Abstract: The attendance of the demand for freight transport is related to the process of allocation of the wagons that in turn is associated with the way in which the decision is taken. The distribution of wagons to the shipment terminals depends on the planning as well as on movement of the empty wagons. In addition, the trips of the empty wagons have the major financial impact on the railroad system. In such a way, an efficient mechanism of wagon distribution is vital to the railroads, because it provides important operational profits and of costs. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to analyze the problem related to the distribution of the load wagons and to develop a mathematical model that can propose an optimal scheduling of the wagons.


Mixed integer programming, Wagons allocation, Railroad planning, Logistics


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