Pachl, J.: Railway Operation and Control. 4th edition, VTD Rail
Publishing, Mountlake Terrace (USA) 2018, 302 p.
Printed book: USD 39.95 (EUR 34,74), ISBN 978-0-9719915-9-0
E-book (EPUP and MOBI): USD 19.00 (EUR 16.52), ISBN 978-1-7327310-0-4
"... an accessible and culturally comprehensive overview of quite a complex subject." Caltrain HSR Compatibility Blog
cover of 2nd edition
This book provides, in a compact form, the very basic knowledge in the
science of railway operation in a close connection with signalling
principles and traffic control technologies. It was written both as a
tutorial for students of railway-related programs and as a reference
for people in the industry. Although written from an European point of
view, this book tries an independent look at railway operation without
concentrating on the operating philosophy of a single railway. But
where it makes sense, it is always mentioned if an operating procedure
or signalling principle could only be found in a specific country or
groups of countries.
This way, the book differs significantly from the German textbook
"Systemtechnik des Schienenverkehrs" by the same
author, that mainly describes operating and signalling principles of
For the 4th edition, the content was thoroughly revised considering current developments in railway signalling and control technologies, and in methods for capacity evaluation. In the ATP section, a paragraph on the Chinese Train Control System (CTCS) was added. With ETCS, CTCS, and PTC, all communication-based train control systems used today in mainline operations worldwide are now covered.
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- Basic Terms of Railway Operation
- Dynamics of Train Movements
- Spacing Trains
- Interlocking Principles
- Capacity Research
- Traffic Control