Multi-scale Simulation in Railway Planning and Operation

  • Yong Cui
  • Ullrich Martin


Simulation methods are widely used in railway planning and operation. However, at the moment there are no applicable solutions in the process simulation for a smooth transition among different infrastructure levels on the basis of a unified structure with consistent algorithm. In this paper, a multi-scale simulation model is designed with consideration of the level of detail of the investigated infrastructure model and the homogeneity of the processes running in the simulation model. A comprehensive and synthesized view of railway planning and operation is therefore obtained. Within the multi-scale simulation model, railway planning and operation processes can be simulated, evaluated and optimized consistently. KEY WORDS: railway planning, simulation, multi-scale, aggregation, discrete scaling, continuous scaling, homogenous process, inhomogeneous process
How to Cite
Cui Y, Martin U. Multi-scale Simulation in Railway Planning and Operation. Promet [Internet]. 2012Feb.21 [cited 2023Jun.2];23(6):511-7. Available from: