To kick off the events surrounding its 90th anniversary, UIC will hold an exhibition for its members and for the public at large, tracing the history of the railways and railway cooperation worldwide. Over 300 photos from the archives of railway networks and companies will be exhibited in the lobby of the UIC headquarters building until 22 December 2011.
The exhibition will be inaugurated tomorrow, Wednesday 7 December, by UIC Chairman Yoshio Ishida and UIC Director-General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux in the company of many key figures from railway networks the world over. The exhibition will be based around four themes: men and women who have contributed to the history and success of the railways (sales personnel, drivers, ticket inspectors, pointsmen, technicians), rolling stock (from steam to high speed), infrastructure (lines, engineering structures, stations), and UIC’s contributions to international railway development, in particular to ensure global harmonisation.
The exhibition was only possible thanks to the contributions of UIC members, who will be able to host it, if they wish, following its initial period at UIC. The idea is for it to tour as many countries as possible during the course of 2012. A DVD has been specially produced for this purpose and will be sent to members on request.
As well as the photographic exhibition, a “souvenir” album containing over 700 photos of railway history has been published, a copy of which will be presented to each member.
More information and photos on the event will be published in the 270th issue of eNews at the end of the week