Trapeze Rail Simulation and Planning

Enabling future railway plans – Cost reductions through realistic planning and simulation

The worldwide growth in demand for travel and increasing competition between all modes of transport places ever greater demands on railways. To meet this challenge, railway businesses must increasingly strive to make better use of their existing and planned resources. Trapeze Rail System assist in achieving these objectives. By drawing on experience, tried and trusted solutions are combined with new innovation to meet specific requirements.


Comprehensive planning tools

The planning of daily train schedules involves sharing and exchanging data between various stakeholders. To match this, Trapeze has expertise in providing electronic support for the business processes involved in e.g. line capacity and train path bidding and allocation.

Efficient Planning

The systems Trapeze delivers make company-wide planning and management tools available. These tools enable the planning and integration of the various operational functions over the entire lifecycle – from long-term strategic plans right up to their implementation in daily operation.


Systematic Solutions – Integrated, Individual and Innovative

Trapeze delivers planning and simulation modules that can be customised to suit individual needs and integrated to form a larger overall system. Our modelling and simulation tools form the basis of long term and short term operational planning. Combined with our  solution for the-day-to-day operational management Trapeze delivers a 360 degree solution for a variety of railway clients worldwide. The flexibility of the Trapeze Rail System means that customers can be confident that the system will meet their respective requirements.


Simulation of Train Operations

Trapeze’s simulation tool RailPlan enables rail experts and engineers to predict the behaviour of rolling stock, signalling systems, and power supply networks, and to combine these to show complete train movements. The full benefits of RailPlan become evident when  simulating the operation of a complete railway system – conflicts are identified, and the effect of failures and incidents predicted and presented.


Simulation of the Power Supply Network

As an integral part of the modelling of train movements in RailPlan, the PowerPlan module simulates the demands that will be made on the power supply network. Its dynamic feedback function allows the power supply behaviour to modify the power available to the trains  in the RailPlan simulation. It allows the assessment of substation locations, robustness of supply, and susceptibility of the network to degraded performance.


Conflict-free Timetables

With more than 500 installations globally, Trapeze’s timetable Planning Tool, TrainPlan, is amongst the world’s most-used timetable development tools. Thanks to its highly developed conflict detection and solution routines, TrainPlan is setting industry standards.

TrainPlan offers a fully scalable timetabling tool that meets the requirements of a wide range of users: from a single planner in an engineering consultancy, through to national rail organisations with multiple locations networked to a single national database. TrainPlan  provides an extremely robust timetable database capable of storing all the development versions of a timetable, from the strategic plan to the short-term engineering plan.

The displays include familiar tabular and graphical images like time-distance line diagrams, platform occupation diagrams, corridor graphs and timetable books.


Ensuring Timetable Stability – Predict timetable performance, and identify avoidable weak spots in any timetable

Simulation of Timetable Stability

The Timetable Robustness Analyser (TTRA) is a highspeed simulation tool that assesses the stability of timetables over very large areas. TTRA simulates possible train delays, caused for example by excessive station dwell times, traction performance problems, or  temporary speed restrictions, and models the knock–on effects for the system being investigated.

The use of TTRA at the planning stage helps identify which of the timetables are most robust, and substantially reduces the risk of train delays in operation.


Integration of Timetables and Resources

Planning the effective use of resources is a crucial part for all train operations

Not only does the process ensure resources are planned to achieve delivery of the advertised timetable, it also sets the fundamental cost base for the business as a whole. The significance of efficient resource planning should not therefore be under-estimated. Today  much greater emphasis is being placed on the process, the efficiency of the result and the importance of resource planning.


Creation of crew and vehicle schedules using timetable data generated in the planning process

For a train operating company, existing operating options are limited by two factors: mobile resources (rolling stock, staff), and track capacity. Solutions for train operating companies that cover the integrated planning of trains and resources are therefore valuable. They  ensure shorter planning periods, create the conditions for plans to be developed in parallel, and ensure that all relevant factors are considered. Optimisation procedures further speed up resource planning and enable disruptions or problems to be managed effectively, whilst taking into account operational conditions.

Key Advantages at a Glance

  • Holistic planning supports the requirements of both infrastructure operators and train operating companies
  • Timetable development with consideration of the entire life cycle of strategic long-term planning right up to real-time operation
  • Data integrity for networks, timetables, staff and rolling stock
  • Configuration of all organisational variables, numerous user types and various sites
  • High-performance analysis tools with decision-making support functions.