About the book
Railways are the backbone of any transportation system, and essential element for environmental sustainability and the social equity of transport. Currently, railway engineering has to face different and complex challenges due to the growing travel demand, the new technologies, and new mobility paradigms that are significantly changing the "Railway world". Today, it is more important than ever to develop and test effective and efficient approaches to address and integrate technologies and infrastructures within the different issues such as planning, design, and management. All these issues require a clear knowledge on the existing technologies and robust theoretical frameworks, and should be supported by reliable and transferable validation tests.
This book aims at presenting a cutting-edge state of play on research and practice in light rail, metro, heavy, and high-speed railway systems. The authors are welcome to share the latest achievements in scientific research, technical innovation, and case studies in railway engineering, with respect to modern transport and mobility issues of both passengers and freight. Reviews, theoretical approaches, applications, and case studies can include, but are not limited to: transportation planning, analysis of passenger and freight railway transport, transport modelling, traffic analysis, economics and (transport) policy analysis, estimation of traffic demand and capacity, design of timetables, scheduling of trains and crews, dispatching, signalling, train control, automatic train operation, optimal use of rolling stock and energy, the quality of service for railway passengers and freight customers, capacity management, as well as management and safety of railway operations.