Successful kick-off meeting of the ProtectRail project “Integrated protection of rail transportation”: a Railway/Supply industry partnership for integrated security of rail transport (Paris, 5-7 October 2010)

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General and Jerzy Wisniewski, Director of the UIC Fundamental Values Department welcomed the representatives of 29 partners from 12 different countries to the ProtectRail kick-off meeting on 5-7 October 2010 at UIC headquarters in Paris.

ProtectRail is an integration project selected by the European Commission as part of the call for proposals under the 7th framework programme for research and development, addressing integrated protection of rail transportation.

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux stressed that ProtectRail represents a major undertaking for all partners as the “reinforcement of transport security is a specific requirement that is increasingly influencing railway activity. It involves both dealing with malice and everyday crime and also establishing responses to terrorist threats for which the transport sector constitutes an attractive target, insofar as all disturbances of public transport systems damage social and economic links and disrupt the functioning of society.” He added that “the impact will undoubtedly go beyond the borders of Europe as rail security is also a major issue in other regions in the world”.

Ivan Sorensen, Policy Officer for Security of Land Transport and Dangerous Goods at DG Mobility and Transport of the European Commission highlighted the fact that “ProtectRail is the first major project in ‘this new wind of change’ related to security in land transport. He congratulated the partners of the ProtectRail Consortium for their initiative in getting together for this complex research project.” He mentioned UIC’s federative role, and its capacity to promote this type of project: to gather people and competencies and to help implement the results of EU-funded research at European level.

ProtectRail undertakes to develop an integrated system to improve the security of rail transportation through better protection of railways and trains, and to reduce the disparity between European railway systems’ security. Measures will include the immunity of signal and power distribution systems against electromagnetic terrorism, the detection of abnormal objects on or under ballast, the clearance of trains before daily use, the control of access to the driver’s cabin, and the detection of unauthorised new driver methods/tools to isolate and secure luggage, as well as a dedicated study and tools to reduce the disparity between European railway systems’ security.

The project, led by Ansaldo STS Spa, will last 42 months at a total cost of
€21 million. The other partners involved in the project are railway and security solution suppliers, universities and research institutes, the Association for the European Rail Industry (UNIFE), and five railway companies that act as end-users: Lithuanian Railways (LG), Polish Railways (PKP PLK SA), French Railways (SNCF), Turkish Railways (Turkey) and Slovakian Railways (ZSSK). The involvement of main stakeholders will ensure that the technological needs of UIC member railways are fully considered.
The UIC Security Division is leading the dissemination subproject.
The objective of the project is to provide a viable, integrated set of railway security solutions by considering the extent of the assets involved, the nature of the possible threats, and the technical requirements and operational constraints.
The main scientific and technological steps for the project are as follows:

  • Develop a comprehensive, common vision of current and future risks regarding many different assets, and examine and assess aspects pertaining to disparities,
  • Implement asset-oriented integrated solutions (sub-mission level) based on mature technology,
  • Integrate these asset-oriented solutions and demonstrate a global architecture, including modularity and interoperability,
  • Derive from these results a future design for homogeneous security.

This project is particularly important as it addresses the security of people and because it is with today’s research, invention, and innovation that we will work out the solutions for tomorrow.

For more information please contact Jacques Colliard:


14th Annual UIC eBusiness Conference (Paris - UIC HQ, 28-29 October 2010)

Time is quickly approaching for the to the 14th Annual UIC eBusiness Conference, that will take place in Paris, UIC HQ, 28-29 October 2010. The theme of this year’s Conference will be “Business Value of IT – A Strategic Asset for Growth” and will address a variety of subjects having a current impact on Railway IT development.

Highlights of this year’s conference will include:

  • Connecting legacy systems securely on the open internet (using the TAF Common Components)
  • EU Policy priorities in Information Technology for enhancing the use of Rail Transportation
  • Service-Oriented Architecture – a step beyond data exchange
  • Leveraging current legacy systems to protect current investment
  • Applications supporting Train planning and operations
  • Importance of harmonized legal framework and data exchange for cross-border traffic
  • Shaping the future of passenger rail distribution
  • Content aggregation technology to power multi-modal integrated displays
  • Mobile Applications for Railways

All the accompanying documents and more detailed information are available on our website at :

Please note that this year the conference will take place during two half-day sessions. The plenary session will take place on Thursday, October 28, 14.00-18.00 followed by a welcome cocktail. This will be complimented by a half day of workshops in specialised subject areas on Friday, October 29, 9.00-12.00 followed by lunch.

Conference Language

The event’s official language is English. No translation will be provided.

For further information about the programme or to sponsor or exhibit, please contact John Lutz:

ETF “monthly corner”: stay up-to-date with UIC railway technical publications!

ETF, the UIC interface serving its members and rail manufacturers, is in charge of the publication and sale of technical documents, like UIC leaflets, DVD or CD-ROM, Publications, Technical reports, UIC drawings ...

To facilitate your access to these documents and keep you informed about new publications, UIC eNews will give you monthly updates in the New UIC Publications section.

This month, ETF will provide you with its latest list of publications:

(The link given after the leaflet or publication number enables you to order them directly online via the UIC website).

** The titles of the Leaflets, Reports and Publications hereunder correspond to the language versions recently released.

UIC Leaflet Nr 505-5:

  • Historique, justifications et commentaires sur l’élaboration et l’évolution des Fiches UIC série 505 et 506 traitant du gabarit
  • Entstehungsgeschichte, Begründungen und Kommentare zur Ausarbeiterung und Entwicklung der UIC-Merkblattreihen 505 und 506 mit dem Thema Begrenzungslinie

UIC Leaflet Nr 505-6:

  • General rules for interoperable rolling stock gauges (without unloading freight or disembarking passengers) in cross-border traffic between UIC and OSJD Rus
  • Règles générales applicables aux gabarits des véhicules interopérables en trafic transfrontalier (sans déchargement ni débarquement) entre les EF de l’UIC et de l’OSJD
  • Allgemeine Regeln für Fahrzeugbegrenzungslinien im interoperablen (umlade-/umsteigefreien) grenzüberschreitenden Verkehr zwischen den UIC- und OSShd-EVU

UIC Leaflet Nr 518:

  • Fahrtechnische Prüfung und Zulassung von Eisenbahnfahrzeugen - Fahrsicherheit, Fahrwegbeanspruchung und Fahrverhalten

UIC Leaflet Nr 541-1:

  • Brakes - Regulations concerning the design of brake components
  • Frein - Prescriptions concernant la construction des différents organes de frein
  • Bremse - Vorschriften für den Bau der verschiedenen Bremsteile

UIC Leaflet Nr 541-3:

  • Bremse - Scheibenbremse und ihre Anwendung - Allgemeine Bedingungen für die Zulassung von Bremsbelägen

UIC Leaflet Nr 542:

  • Brake parts - Interchangeability
  • Pièces de frein - Interchangeabilité
  • Bremsteile - Austauschbarkeit

UIC Leaflet Nr 545:

  • Brakes - Inscriptions, marks and signs
  • Frein - Inscriptions, marques et signes
  • Bremsen - Anschriften, Merk- und Kennzeichen

UIC Leaflet Nr 612-1:

  • Fahrzeugkonfiguration und wichstigste aktivierte Funktionen für Elektro- und Dieseltriebwagen (EMU/DMU), Lokomotiven und Steuerwagen

UIC Leaflet Nr 612-2:

  • Spezifische Teilsystemanforderungen (Traktion, Bremswesen usw.) für Elektro- bzw. Dieseltriebwagen, Lokomotiven und Steuerwagen (Anforderungen an Teilsysteme des Rollmaterials, an Wirtschaftlichkeit, an die Standardisierung der Bahnfahrzeuge)

UIC Leaflet Nr 717:

  • Recommendations for the design of bridges to satisfy track requirements and reduce noise emissions
  • Recommandations concernant la conception des ponts pour tenir compte des exigences relatives à la pose et à l’entretien de la voie et pour réduire les émissions de bruit
  • Empfehlungen für die Konstruktion von Brücken unter Berücksichtigung oberbautechnischer Anforderungen und zur Abminderung der Schallemission

Technical Report B 126/RP M3:

  • Conformity Assessment of brake components. MZT- Hepos MDV-100 derailment detector.
  • Contrôle de conformité des composants de frein. Détecteur de déraillement MZT-HEPOS MDV-100.
  • Konformitätsprüfung von Bremskomponenten. Entgleisungsdetektor MZT-HEPOS MDV-100

Technical Report B 169/DT 391:

  • Wheels - Bibliography on the influence of composite brake blocks on track circuit shuntage

Technical Report B 208/RP C10:

  • Acceptance testing of diesel engines. Approval of the MAN railway diesel engine D2066 LE 621 against UIC Leaflet 623
  • Homologation de moteurs diesel. Homologation selon la fiche UIC 623 du moteur ferroviaire diesel MAN 2066 LE 621
  • Zulassung von Dieselmotoren. Zulassung nach UIC-Merkblatt 623 des MAN-Eisenbahn- dieselmotors D 2066 LE 621

Want to keep up-to-date with UIC publications?

> A new update will be available next month in UIC eNews!

For further information on ETF products please contact the ETF Team:


Invitation to the CREAM Final Conference “Customer-driven Rail-freight services on a European mega-corridor based on advanced business and operating Models” (Brussels, 4 November 2010)

UIC, HaCon Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH and the CREAM partners have the great pleasure to invite you to the CREAM Final Conference in Brussels (Belgium) on November 4th, 2010.

You will have the opportunity of an exclusive comprehensive one day insight view into this collaborative rail freight research project, summarising the results and achievements on rail freight logistics on the corridor from Western Europe through South East Europe to Mid-East.
The latest developments and good practice on this important European rail and freight axis will be presented as well as the most promising new technologies and advanced business and operating models.

Conference Highlights

  • Successfully implemented rail freight services on the CREAM corridor
  • Quality Manuals for rail services
  • Innovative telematic solutions
  • The latest technical developments (e.g. Semi-trailers in unaccompanied intermodal transport chains, Semi-trailers for unaccompanied intermodal transport of plate glass. the Dual-power locomotive)

The conference will conclude with a reflection on the day’s outcomes and consider which developments are likely to occur in the R&D field in the coming years.
Simultaneous interpretation will be offered into German and English.

We ask you to register exclusively online by using the following link

The online registration will close on October 22nd, 2010.

Please find all information on the official CREAM website:

For further information please contact Lars Deiterding, from HaCon: or Enno Wiebe, from UIC:


InfraGuidER Final Conference: the UIC and the InfraGuidER partners announce the InfraGuidER Final Conference (Brussels, 24 November 2010)

The UIC and the InfraGuidER partners have the great pleasure to invite you to the InfraGuidER Final Conference in Brussels (Belgium) on 24th November 2010.

Do not miss the opportunity to gain a comprehensive, one-day insight into this Coordinated Action research project. Find out the results and achievements on rail infrastructure’s environmentally sustainable management of relevant material, components and services. An innovative eco-procurement model based on good practice in sustainability will be presented. You are invited to come and discuss its possible implementation with the project partners and all stakeholders.

Conference Highlights:

  • Eco-procurement Guidelines for decision makers for seamless integration in regular procurement (including key eco-indicators for material, components and service eco-performance calculating and ranking)
  • Results of analysis and evaluation of main rail infrastructure material flow accounting
  • Recommendations for further developments and research activities after InfraGuidER to continue improving the environmental performance of the rail network

Please register at

The online registration will close on 10th November 2010.

For this conference UIC and Resotel Belgium offer a special web application for facilitating your hotel booking:

Please find all information on the official InfraGuidER website

For further information please contact Marina Fracchia, from NITEL: or Paolo Contestabile, from UIC:

News from UIC members

Latvia: Latvijas dzelzceļš (LDZ) will hold international workshop on environmental protection (Riga, 14-15 October 2010)

On 14-15 October in Riga will take place an international workshop on financial and environmental risk management of soil contamination of railway properties gathering the leading railway specialists and environmental experts from the Netherlands, Germany, France, Denmark, Sweden, Latvia, and the UIC. The workshop is organized by State Joint Stock Company Latvijas dzelzceļš (LDz) in close cooperation with UIC.

The European Commission is preparing a directive on soil protection issues; therefore, in 2007 UIC established a working group in order to get ready for the fulfilment of directive requirements in railway sector. The representative from LDz was the only one from the Baltic States participating in the working group. “The implementation of processes in railway sector requires not only considerable financial resources, but also time to get adjusted to the new practice. Therefore, we are satisfied that for the time being we are ahead of time in solving environmental issues before dangers appear,” said LDz Chairman of the Board Uģis Magonis.

Māris Poikāns, Head of Environmental Management in LDz, informed that the workshop in Riga will be attended not only by railway specialists, but also by representatives from the Ministry of Environment of the Netherlands. “Environmental issues in the Netherlands are regarded very seriously. Although the Netherlands is one and a half times smaller than Latvia, the number of inhabitants there is eight times bigger than in Latvia. In the country where industry sector is so highly developed and the density of population is that high, issues of soil contamination must be considered with utmost seriousness. Therefore, we can learn much from them,” explained M.Poikāns.

In comparison with the Western European countries where the density of population is very high, Latvia has few polluted areas – around 3000 polluted and potential polluted areas in the whole territory of the country; comparatively, in the Netherlands there are 18000 polluted areas of railway property alone.

The workshop will take place on 14-15 October in hotel Tallink Hotel Riga.

14 October: Dr.Ton Honders from the Ministry of Environment of the Netherlands and Rolands Arturs Bebris from the Ministry of Environment of Latvia will present the view of the government regarding environmental protection perspectives, and railway experts from Denmark, France and Latvia will present opinions on financial issues of environmental protection, best practices and future perspectives.

15 October: A technical visit to locomotive depot of LDz Ritošā sastāva serviss Ltd. in Riga is planned for the participants of workshop and the journalists. The workshop will be concluded with a visit to Latvian Railway History Museum.

Latvijas dzelzceļš Group consists of the holding company SJSC Latvijas dzelzceļš and four daughter companies – freight operator LDz Cargo Ltd., infrastructure construction and maintenance company LDz infrastruktūra Ltd., rolling stock repair and maintenance company LDz ritošā sastāva serviss Ltd., and security company LDz Apsardze Ltd.

(Source: LDz Public Relations Division)

For further information please contact the LDz Public Relations Division:


Final list of speakers to the Seminar on High Speed and Security (Mumbai, India, 20-21 October)

  • Franz-Josef Schneiders, Chairman of the International Working Group on Land Transport Security,
  • Robert Nowak, from the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe,
  • Doyle Raines, General Manager, Mass Transit and Passenger Rail Security at U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration,
  • Yves Rougier, Vice-Director of the Department of Security-Defence, French Ministry of Energy, Ecology, Sustainable Development and Sea,
  • Yves Sorensen, from the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport of the European Community,
  • B. Mohan and S.K Jain from the Indian Railways,
  • Anoop Srivastava from the Rail Protection Force,
  • Han Kwang-Seok from Korail,
  • Atsushi Yokoyama from East Japan Railways,
  • Eduardo Romo from the Spanish Railways Foundation
  • Jean-Pierre Arduin, Consultant

will deliver a speech at sessions chaired by the Directors and Chairmen of the Indian Ministry of Railways, the Indian, Western and Central Railways and the Railway Protection Force in Mumbai on October 20-21st. The event, open to all members of UIC, will be inaugurated by Mr. E. Ahmad, Minister of State for Railways.

Please register quickly online to:

For more information please contact Vincent Vu, Coordinator for UIC Asia Region: and Béatrice Ségéral:

Next meetings scheduled

  • 18-20 October 2017 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting UIC
  • 19-22 October 2017 Next Station Conference Madrid
  • 19 October 2017 Freight Steering Committee
  • 23-28 October 2017 International Railway Safety Council (IRSC) HONG KONG
  • 24-28 October 2017 Intercity & High Speed Committee Plenary meeting Shanghai
  • 24 October 2017 RSF Plenary
  • 25 October 2017 OptiYard TMC Meeting UIC Headquarters
  • 25 October 2017 Optiyard SMC meeting UIC Headquarters
  • 26-27 October 2017 OptiYard Kick-off meeting UIC Headquarters
  • 26-27 October 2017 Expertise Development Platform Rome, Italy
  • 30-31 October 2017 16th UIC Asia-Pacific Management Committee Saint-Petersburg, Russia
  • 30-31 October 2017 Commercial and Distribution Steering Committee Conference Call
  • 30 October 2017 CDF Steering Committee Conference Call
  • 30 October 2017 Commercial and Distribution Forum Steering Committee conference call
  • 31 October 2017 - 1 November 2017 24th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly Saint-Petersburg, Russia
  • 6 November 2017 Commercial and Distribution Forum plenary meeting Paris
  • 7 November 2017 European Management committee Assistants Paris
  • 7 November 2017 European Group of Assistants Paris
  • 8-10 November 2017 10th APNRTC (Asia-Pacific Network of Railway Training Centres) Chengdu, China
  • 8-9 November 2017 APNRTC (Asia Pacific Network of Rail Training Centres) SWJTU, Chengdu, China
  • 8 November 2017 91st General Assembly Preparatory Group Paris
  • 13-18 November 2017 5th Training on High Speed Systems Level II Madrid
  • 14 November 2017 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 15 November 2017 Safety Platform Plenary meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 21-24 November 2017 Commuter and regional Training Rome

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