New Feeder Line Rail Freight Paradigm for the European Railways

  • Stane Božičnik
Keywords: rail freight, EU transport policy, liberalisation, new rail freight paradigm, innovative freight technological solutions

Abstract

The article deals with the development of the new paradigmof the European rail freight system predominantly suitable forthe feeder lines (market niches). Taking into consideration theso far adopted legal solutions of the EU Commission for internationalisation(liberalisation) of the European railway system,the concept of the new rail freight model was developed inorder to contribute to the increase of the quality, as well as to thegrowth of the volume of the rail freight services in Europe.Based on the findings about the disadvantages of the existingrail freight paradigm, the new solution consisting of the threeinterrelated and interconnected subsystems: institutional, technical/technological and organisational, is proposed. New liberalisedaccess to the entire European rail infrastructure networkwill increase the competition and most probably attractnew railway freight service providers. The introduction of thesuggested innovative solutions in form of small, self-propelled,bi-directional train formation that can be automatically coupledand decoupled and equipped with the innovative loadingand unloading equipment (enabling loading/unloading operationswherever the truck can stay parallel to the train), is to beexpected predominantly on the feeder lines (market niches) ofthe European railways.

References

Bukold, S. (1996): Kombinierter Verkehr Schiene/Strasse

in Europa. Eine vergleichende Studie zur Transformation

von Gii.tertransportsystemen. Frankfurt a/M., Peter

Lang.

Rude!, R. (2001 ): Leapfrog innovations in the intennodal

road-rail haul industry, Conference paper STRC

Eufranet,

http://europa.eu.int/comm/transport/extra/

final_reports/rail/eufranet.pdf

EU-Commission directive 91/440, 29 July 1991.

Promotiq,

http: //www.gruppoclas.it/PROMOTIQ/P website/

workandpubblications/Deliverable1Promotiq.doc

Nash, A. & Huerlimann, D.: 'Railroad Simulation Using

Open Track', Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Public

Transport and Railway Engineering,

www.ivt.baug.ethz.ch, www.opentrack.ch

Ha Con, Software and Service for Traffic,

www.hacon.de

WHITE PAPER »European transport policy for 2010:

time to decide« COM(2001) 370 final

Bo:iicnik, S.: Competitiveness of railways with other

modes of freight transport: development possibilities and

needs. Railway as a part of integrated transport system :

proceeding of the International scientific conference, Prague,

,pp. 70-71

(11] Bo:iicnik, S.: New technical and organisational solutions

for the modern rail freight transport. 12th International

symposium Railways on the edge of the 3rd millenium,

Zilina, 24. -25. may 2005, pp. 232-239

Bo:iicnik, S.: A system approach towards the new promising

railway freight paradigm. 4. Europaischer Verkehrskongress

der Europaischen Platform der Verkehrswissenschaften,

Salzburg, 5. -8. June 2005, pp.

-310

(13] Bo:iicnik, S.: Interdisciplinary solutions for the new railway

freight system. 9th International Conference on

Traffic Science - ICTS 2005, Promet v znanosti in

praksi, Portoroz, 14. -15. November 2005

(14] Watson, R.: Railway scheduling, Handbook of Transport

Systems and Traffic Control, 2002

How to Cite
1.
Božičnik S. New Feeder Line Rail Freight Paradigm for the European Railways. PROMET [Internet]. 1 [cited 2019Dec.16];18(6):395-00. Available from: http://traffic.fpz.hr/index.php/PROMTT/article/view/711
Section
Older issues