Rail Traffic

  • History of rail transport
  • Characteristics of rail transport in comparison with other modes of transport
  • Rail freight transport and modal split
  • Basics of rail transport infrastructure and means of rail transport
  • Economic fundamentals, competitive conditions, and essential framework conditions of rail transport
  • Basics of railroad technology
  • Rail transport liberalization
  • Integrated interval timetable
  • Interoperability

Mode of delivery

face to face



Recommended or required reading and other learning resources/tools

Kummer, S. (2010): Einführung in die Verkehrswirtschaft, facultas, 2.Auflage, Wien.
Clausen, U. / Geiger, Ch. (Hrsg.) (2013): Verkehrs- und Transportlogistik, 2. Auflage, Springer Berlin.
Becker, K. (2014): Handbuch Schienengüterverkehr, PMC Media.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lecture, self-organized reading, discussion, reflection, and discussion of case studies

Assessment methods and criteria

  • Final written exam (100%).
  • Content criteria: degree of problem identification and problem characterization, complexity of solutions
  • Formal criteria: completeness of answers, linguistic and terminological differentiation, and independence of results

Prerequisites and co-requisites



Degree programme

Logistics & Transport Management (Bachelor)



ECTS Credits


Language of instruction




Academic year



2 SS



Learning outcome

After successful completion of the course students can

  • name characteristics of rail transport and distinguish them from other modes of transport (1) as well as explain them from a transport economic point of view (2)
  • explain economic fundamentals, basic competitive conditions, and essential framework conditions of rail transport (2)
  • explain the basics of railroad technology and the history of railroad transport (1)
  • explain the basics of railroad infrastructure (2) and discuss the organization of railroad infrastructure (2)
  • name different means of rail transport (1) and distinguish them regarding their possible applications (2)
  • describe major trends and innovations in rail transport (1) and forecast possible effects (2)
  • describe how the integrated interval timetable works (1)
  • explain the effects of rail transport liberalization (2)

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