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Call for papers for the 10th UIC World Congress on High Speed Rail jointly organised with TCDD on 8 – 11 May 2018 in Ankara

The 10th World Congress on High Speed Rail, jointly organised by UIC and Turkish State Railways TCDD together with CMS Project, will take place on 8-10 May 2018 in Ankara, Republic of Turkey.

This international event that has become a reference at global level for exchanging on all issues connected to high speed rail, is organised under the High Patronage of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey, with the support of the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications and several leading international organisations such as OTIF, the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail, the Organisation of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation BSEC and more organisations to come.

The main theme of this 10th High Speed Rail congress edition will be “Sharing knowledge for sustainable and competitive operations”.

As UIC Director General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux stresses, “the UIC High Speed Rail world congresses provide every two or three years a unique opportunity to exchange information and best practices on all aspects related to the development of competitive, sustainable and efficient high-performance passenger transportation systems. The congress gathers all actors and stakeholders of these developments, including governments, international organisations, NGOs and financial institutions, railways and their suppliers, research bodies and universities, and all partners cooperating at different degrees with the railway developers. The 10th World congress in 2018 should put a strong focus on new opportunities opened up by the digital revolution for sustainable operations and increased synergies between the rail sector and universities as well as the research world including start-ups, on intramodal connections and multimodality...

The High Speed Rail congress that is taking place for the first time in Turkey will provide a unique overview of the latest developments in the field of high speed rail and more generally rail transportation in this particularly dynamic region at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and the Middle-East”.

Launch of Call for Papers
The schedule for submitting is:

Not later than 15 October 2017: proposals with abstract (1,000 characters at a maximum), a short biography and a photo (identity format).
Not later than 08 January 2018: the Scientific Committee will inform each applicant speaker of its decision by e-mail stating whether they have been selected, not selected or put on a waiting list.
Not later than 01 April 2018: full presentations (corresponding to selected abstract) will be handed in. Non-compliance with this deadline will entitle the Scientific Committee to reject the presentation.

Some potential speakers already sent their abstracts a few months ago, before the postponement of the Congress (initially planned to be held in July 2017). Of course, their abstracts. are still valid, but potential speakers can either keep their abstracts as they are currently or make changes or updates.

Finally, UIC and TCDD will create a pre-selection jury team, in order to analyse proposed abstracts and decide on the final list of speakers.

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UIC Digital Days in Rome: Asset Digitalisation and Cybersecurity

On 18 and 19 September, UIC held the second edition of UIC Digital Days.

The event was hosted in Rome at the kind invitation of FS and sponsored by MERMEC (Platinum) and IBM (Gold).

Two major issues for digital were widely debated:

  • Asset digitalisation
  • Cybersecurity

The event was totally successful with:

  • Over 200 participants
  • 12 nationalities represented from Europe, Middle-East, Asia; Africa and among them USA FBI, CES...
  • 25 speakers delivering presentations

High-level personalities actively participated in this major event.

Major companies such as MERMEC, IBM, SPLUNK, COSMO presented their approaches and strategies regarding the related items.

The seminar ended with a ceremony to award the winners of a hackathon organised by FS.
The two winners were congratulated by Renato Mazzoncini for their most innovative results.

In his conclusions, Mr Mazzoncini, CEO FS and UIC Chairman, highlighted the key strategic digital issues. Rail has to be able to innovate and to respond to the new demands of our customers regarding mobility.
Cybersecurity has to be considered a high-level priority for rail sector regarding potential dangers that might occur.
Mr Mazzoncini mentioned his satisfaction considering the success of this event. He said that digital technology can be disruptive in all areas of the railways, interfacing with other modes, as demonstrated by the hackathon.

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux concluded these two intensive days by highlighting the current and crucial correlation between Asset digitalisation and Cybersecurity.

UIC represents one million trains per day on one million km of infrastructure: that is the size of our business, of our opportunities, as well as our risks.

We have to accompany and support the Digital revolution with the five following actions: compare, coordinate, collect, connect and control!
During these few days, we shared, connected but above all, we opened and that is the only way forward.

However powerful the machine, humans will always be stronger than any system.
To be efficient digital has to be controlled by human intelligence.
UIC, as a technical platform, is also there to convey this message.
Mr Loubinoux concluded by announcing his decision to design an internet portal dedicated to Digital to help to share all presentations and materials with UIC Members.

For further information please contact Francis Bedel, Chief Digital Officer:

bedel@uic.org

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UIC represented in its role as coordinator at the Capacity4Rail C4R Project Final Conference in Madrid

“Towards an affordable, resilient, innovative and high-capacity European Railway System for 2030/2050”

The Final Conference of Capacity4Rail, the EU co-funded project focusing on looking at the future scenarios for railways in 2030/2050, and comprising 46 partners, was held on 21 September 2017 hosted by the Spanish Railways Foundation (Fundación de los Ferrocarriles Españoles, FFE) in Madrid.

Attended by more than 100 participants from 17 countries across the European railway community and beyond, the Capacity4Rail Final Conference was the opportunity to share the results of the four-year project to offer an affordable increase of capacity, availability and performance to the railway system by developing a holistic view on the railway as a system of interacting technical components driven by customer demand. UIC has played an important role in Capacity4Rail by co-ordinating the project and supporting the work package dissemination.

The conference was opened with introductory speeches by Mr César López, General Manager of the Spanish Railways Foundation (FFE) and Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, General Director of the International Union of Railways (UIC).

Mr César López welcomed all participants to the Foundation, acknowledging the importance of this and other European Commission supported projects for the railway research field, and the continued contributions of Foundation to EU and UIC projects.

Mr Loubinoux pointed out how necessary it is to set the stage for future mobility needs, recognize what the customer wants and to identify the huge challenges that the rail transport mode has to face to be successful and to be the backbone of the mobility system: to develop a competitive railway freight transport and a genuine multi‐modal mobility system, to adapt the railway system to the technological revolution, to offer sustainable transport solutions and to optimise the environmental friendliness of railway operations. All the challenges set out need specific actions in the field of research. Railway research is now a key to ensure the innovation needed to construct a successful future for rail transport, more than ever, where all stakeholders must collectively and collaboratively cooperate and strive to be the “land transport mode of the 21st Century”.

The Capacity4Rail project is part of the global European R&D effort focused on increasing the attractiveness and competitiveness of railway system, which aimed at bringing today’s railway system to its future vision.

Featuring a good balance between sector activities, the conference was the opportunity to present the results of the technical Sub-Projects:

  • SP1: Infrastructure
  • SP2: New concepts for efficient freight systems
  • SP3: Operation for enhanced Capacity
  • SP4: Advanced monitoring
  • and of one transversal Sub-Project, namely SP5: System assessment and migration to 2030/2050.

The conference highlights, moderated by Mr Álvaro Andrés, Capacity4Rail Project Coordinator (UIC), and Mrs Christine Hassoun (UIC), can be included in the following categories:

Infrastructure

  • New reliable slab-track solutions targeted to the actual and expected railway use and much lower maintenance, developed in the 3MB and L-Track prototypes. Also, some innovative concepts for resilient S&Cs and ground-breaking components and methods for use in Very High Speed Train (VHST) operation. All were driven for the upgrading of infrastructure in order to meet new operation and market demands

Freight

  • Market development and requirements, focused in needed innovations for trains/wagons design and techniques for operation, connectivity, terminal design, capacity improvements and operations development to meet the changing needs of the logistic market leading to the future freight train, first on incremental change for 2030 and the vision needed for a system change in 2050, to achieve the degree of intermodality and modal shift of ground transportation to rail, foreseen by the Commission 2011 White Paper for Transport.

Operations

  • Step-changes for strategic, tactical and operational planning to meet the required future challenges such as increased capacity, optimised management of delays and emergencies, enhanced information sharing between infra managers and railway undertakings, interoperability on RFCs and TEN-T networks and greater levels of connection between rail and the other transportation modes.

Advanced monitoring

  • Innovative concepts of monitoring, based on innovative sensors, low-power/low-cost technologies, energy harvesting for power supply and wireless networks, for railway structural and operational monitoring developed to enhance the availability of the track, combined with automated maintenance forecasts and a prediction of the structural lifetime, also diagnosis for precise inspection/maintenance actions requested.

System Assessment and Migration to 2030/2050

  • Technical and economical assessment of technologies developed, including timeline, guidelines/actions roadmaps and migration scenarios, including case studies in the Scandinavian/Mediterranean corridor in Swedish and French sections, necessary to meet and implement in reality the innovations on the target affordable, adaptable, automated, resilient and high capacity railway system required for the 2030/2050 vision.

The conference concluded with two specific slots. In the first, Mr Giorgios Patris, Shift2Rail (S2R) Joint Undertaking Programme Manager, spoke on how this initiative prepares the way into the future for Railways in Europe, explained the partnership, platforms, objectives, key documents, funding, structure and contents of the different Innovation Projects (IPs), especially IP3 (for a Cost-Efficient and Reliable High-Capacity Infrastructure) and IP5 (Technologies for Sustainable & Attractive European Rail Freight), and how they’ll profit and advance from the results of C4R.

A second slot was a round table on the contents of the C4R project, animated by Mr Harald Sattler (UIC) and Mr David Villalmanzo (UIC), and composed of: Mrs Paola Pellegrini (IFFSTAR), Mr Pierre-Etienne Gautier (SYSTRA), Mr Armand Toubol (NEWOPERA), Mr Javier Morales (CEMOSA), Mr Carlos Hermosilla (ACCIONA), Mr Burchard Ripke (DB), representing the different areas of research in C4R and the diverse type of members in the project, as well as Mr Georgios Patris.

This round table served to reflect on the results achieved in C4R, to discuss their potential implementation and also to discuss what we the railway community can do – based on the knowledge and outcomes achieved in the project – in future collaborative research activities, for example, within the framework of Shift2Rail.

In conclusion, the Capacity4Rail Final Conference has been able to demonstrate the innovations, prototypes, results achieved and scenarios of viability, configuring in this approach not only a separated sub-system view of future prospects, but a complete frame on the whole railway system, able to be used as a reality by all possible stakeholders, including IM’s, RU’s, industry, academia… and mostly directed to optimise it and facilitate their advantages to the railway customers and users.

The conference was followed on the next day, 22 September, by a technical visit to CEDEX (Centro de Estudios y Experimentación de Obras Públicas, institution attached to the Ministry of Public Work of the Spanish Government) facilities in Madrid, focused on structure monitoring activities, the Rail Interoperability Lab (RIL), the geotechnical laboratory and in particular on activities of “Track and Infrastructure Testing and Assessment”.

Demonstration activities have played a crucial role in C4R as they have enabled the assessment of the innovations and the most promising designs developed in the project. Most of the demonstrators have taken place on operated railway infrastructures or in laboratories.

In the CEDEX track-box, where a specific real-scale track is available for testing a large range of track configurations and where, C4R has carried out one of the main demonstration activities in the project. The demonstrator was presented by Mr José Estaire (CEDEX).

All public deliverables of the project as well as presentations made during the conference will be available soon on the Capacity4Rail website:

www.capacity4rail.eu/-news-

For further information please contact:

Christine Hassoun, Dissemination Coordinator of EU co-funded R&D projects:

hassoun@uic.org

Álvaro Andrés, Capacity4Rail project coordinator:

andres@uic.org

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11th UIC Railway Noise Workshop to be held on 14 November 2017

This event will focus on the latest issues at European level for the management of railway noise and vibration. Topics will include application of the Noise TSI to existing wagons and ‘silent sections’, funding and progress for retrofitting, REFIT of the Environmental Noise Directive & forthcoming guidance on noise from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and appropriate noise metrics in addition to the new UIC State of the Art report for the Management of Railway Vibration.

As in previous years, speakers will be invited to represent the major stakeholders, including UIC, CER, European Commission (DG MOV & DG ENV), WHO working groups. External views from outside the railway noise world will also be sought. Opportunities will be provided for participants to ask questions directly to European Commission policy officers and other key stakeholders as well as to discuss the current issues.

There is no charge for participation; however places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. To reserve your place please click here:

http://events.uic.org/11th-uic-noise-workshop

Please find below the programme of this workshop:

Moderator: Jakob Oertli Chairman of the UIC Noise Expert Network & SBB

08.30 Registration & coffee
09.00 Welcome remarks: Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General UIC
09.10 Introduction: Jakob Oertli, Chairman UIC Noise Expert Network & SBB

EU rail noise policy
Rail freight noise policy - Marcin Wojcik, Policy Officer DG MOV
Environmental Noise Directive - Marco Paviotti Policy Officer DG ENV
TSI revision - Kamil Pravdík Project Officer ERA
Freight CEO task force - speaker tbc
The view from CER - Libor Lochman, Executive Director CER

Noise assessment
WHO guidelines for noise Stephen Stansfeld, Queen Mary University London & Chair WHO noise working group (invited)
Rail noise, Leq or Lmax? Paul de Vos, Satis
UIC Track Train Interaction acoustics Pierre Etienne Gautier, Systra

Research and development
Vibration State of the Art Report- Paul de Vos, Satis
How much is enough? Professor Bas Haring, Leiden University
Reflections on noise management – Nick Craven, UIC
Conclusion – Jakob Oertli, Chairman Noise Expert Network & SBB

The Shift2Rail projects Fine1 & Destinate will be presented as poster sessions during the breaks.

For further information please contact Nick Craven, Head of the Sustainable Unit:

craven@uic.org

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Asset Management Conference & Sponsor Exhibition

The Asset Management Working Group of UIC is organising its third international conference dedicated to Asset Management, in Paris at UIC Headquarters, from 4 – 6 October 2017, and kindly sponsored by Assetsman, Cosmotech, Iframi, Oxand, Systra and Znapz.

This conference is open to the whole Asset Management world and will present the latest developments in various industries (roads, waterways, energy…) and on different continents.

Our recently issued UIC Railway Application Guide “Practical implementation of Asset Management through ISO 55001” will be the backbone of this conference and will underlie its programme.

Conference purpose:

Provide Railway Infrastructure Managers with concrete examples and guidance to improve their Asset Management capabilities;
Explore the latest developments, knowledge and experience across the Asset Management World;
Offer opportunities for international and multi-sector networking.
Technical sessions on Asset Management:

Speakers confirmed :

Jean Pierre LOUBINOUX: Director General, UIC
Dr. Marc ANTONI, Director Rail System Department, UIC
Patrick JEANTET, SNCF Réseau Director
Vincent MAUMY, SNCF
Richard EDWARDS, IAM Chairman (Institute of Asset Management) - UK
Andy KIRWAN, Network Rail, UK
Jude CAREY, Irish Rail - Ireland
Gian Piero PAVIRANI Head of Asset Management, RFI (Italian Railway) - Italy
Manisto VESA, Finnish Transport Agency - Finland
Alexey ZAMYSHLYAEV, NIIAS - Russia
Serigne Amadou GAYE, TERADATA – France
Rémy JACQUIER, General Manager, OXAND - France
Dan-Marian COSTESCU, Former Ministry of Transportation – Romania
Nicolas POLLET, Altametris
Celso de AZEVEDO, Director of IFRAMI (Asset Management French Institute) - France
And Asset Managers from Australia, Sweden, Ireland…

DAY 3, Friday 6 October 2017 is optional, participants can either take part in:

Technical field visit in cooperation with SNCF: drone utilisation for network maintenance, Altametris.

Or Training on Asset Management Implementation: The whole day will combine workshops, training sessions, showcases, business games focused on Asset Management and UIC Asset Management guidelines. Facilitators, moderators and trainers: UIC, AMCL, Oxand…

  • Oxand Asset Management Game: get acquainted and levelled with co-participants to the typical asset management language
  • UIC Railway Application Guide of Practical Implementation of Asset Management through ISO 55001
  • Business case: Implementation of Asset Management within 2B NAMED RAILWAY COMPANY
  • Starting to apply the UIC AM Guidelines: Context of the Organisation & Leadership
  • Exercise: Life cycle planning & optimisation making use of a calculation and simulation model
  • Optimising your asset & project performance by organising resources, competences, awareness, communication, information and documentation
  • Operations, performance evaluation & continuous improvement
  • Conclusion, roundtable, evaluation

UIC will launch its online course in Rail Asset Management after this Training Day.

Teodor Gradinariu: gradinariu@uic.org

Detailed programme at: railway-asset-management.org

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3rd UIC Asia-Pacific Photo Contest – Deadline 1 October 2017

For the third time, UIC is organising a photo contest for the UIC Asia-Pacific members.

Prizes will be awarded to the best, most attractive or most amazing pictures on the topic of “Railway is an integral part of the national landscape”, to be voted by 5,200 e-News readers.

A calendar will be printed for the year 2018 with the 12 best photos.

The gallery will be published in UIC e-News on 3 October 2017 for the voting process.

The award ceremony for the photo contest will take place at the UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly in Saint-Petersburg, Russia on 31 October 2017.

Do not hesitate to apply and send your format-free and copyright-free material to Béatrice Ségéral by 1 October 2017.

To participate fill in the form: http://events.uic.org/3rd-uic-asia-pacific-photo-contest

For further information please contact Béatrice Ségéral:

segeral@uic.org

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Appointment: Crister Fritzson confirmed as new CER Chairman

On 25 September, the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) held their regular Management Committee and General Assembly in Gdansk, kindly hosted by the Polish State Railways PKP. Among the bodies’ main decisions was the appointment of Crister Fritzson as the association’s Chairman and the election of the Management Committee.

Following his role as Acting Chairman since February 2017, the CER General Assembly confirmed Crister Fritzson (Chairman of the Swedish Association of Train Operators, ASTOC, and CEO & President of SJ) as CER Chairman with immediate effect for a period of two years (2018-2019).

CER Chairman Crister Fritzson (Chairman of the Association of Swedish Train Operating Companies, ASTOC, and CEO & President of SJ) said: “It is a great honour for me to have been given this mandate to serve as Chairman of CER. The cohesion and future direction of Europe is facing many challenges. I believe that the railway sector has a very important role to play in this context, being a backbone of environmentally friendly mobility solutions, a promoter of social inclusion, and a large employer. I intend to work closely with all the members of CER and the dedicated team in Brussels, but also seek to strengthen the voice of European railways by means of better coordination with other railway organisations. There are many priorities, one of them being the implementation of the Fourth Railway Package, where I will contribute with the Swedish experience of market opening and related reforms in the strive to achieve a truly competitive European railway sector.”

CER Executive Director Libor Lochman said: “With Crister Fritzson, CER has gained a committed Chairman with a clear political vision. I am very happy about the General Assembly’s decision to confirm his mandate for the next two years. I am looking forward to working hand-in-hand on our policy priorities aiming to further increase the railway’s efficiency.”

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC, who sat on the Management Committee at the CER General Assembly in Gdansk, is delighted with the decision to appoint Crister Fritzson as the association’s chairman as well as with the election of the Management Committee.
The complementarity between UIC and CER in their technical and political roles respectively should be further strengethened in order to better promote the visions and projects of the railway sector as it develops at European level.

(Source: CER)

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Appointment: Dušan Garibović is new Acting Director General of Serbian Railways

Based on the decision of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, as of 21 September 2017, Mr Dušan Garibović has been appointed the new acting Director General of Serbia Cargo from his previous role as acting Director General of Infrastructure of Serbian Railways.

Mr Dušan Garibović expressed his sincere gratitude for the exceptional and fruitful cooperation to date and said he was convinced that the future would bring numerous opportunities to continue cooperating within the business activities of the Railway Company entrusted to him by the Government of the Republic of Serbia.

UIC congratulates Mr Dušan Garibović on his appointment and wishes him every success in his new role.

(Source: Serbia Cargo)

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United States: Alton Regional Multimodal Transportation Center has 10 daily Amtrak trains

On September 15, 2017 Amtrak customers today were welcomed by representatives of the railroad, City of Alton, Madison County, state and federal officials to the gleaming new Alton Regional Multimodal Transportation Center, an Amtrak station with modern amenities, Madison County Transit (MCT) connections and ample parking.

The new station was developed by the Illinois Department of Transportation (Illinois DOT) in conjunction with Alton and MCT. It includes a clock tower and large expanses of glass to allow natural light to flood the interior, free Wi-Fi access and bicycle facilities, replacing a depot opened by the Chicago and Alton Railroad in 1928. The River Bend Region’s rich railroad history is recognized with an exhibit in the new station at 1 Golf Road, Alton, Ill., 62002, part of the redevelopment of a former city golf course.

The Multimodal Transportation Center was built using $7.4 million in federal funding awarded to Illinois DOT, augmented by $13.85 million awarded to the city and MCT through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program. Nearly 60,000 Amtrak customers used the old College Avenue station in the last year, a number likely to increase due to the local, state and federal investments.

“We are confident this development will be like the major stations we opened with the Illinois DOT in Champaign in 1999 and in Normal in 2012: it will spark area redevelopment while providing a vital transportation link,” said Mike Franke, Amtrak Senior Director–State Contracts. “This project shows what happens when a great city teams up with a great state transportation department and progressive providers such as MCT and Amtrak.”

“This landmark facility will expand regional transit options and provide opportunities for transit-oriented development adjacent to the new station,” said Mayor Brant Walker. “We are extremely thankful to our project partners, the Federal Railroad Administration, Illinois DOT, MCT and Amtrak for their tireless efforts to make this project a reality.”

“This beautiful new transportation center is one more step in a statewide effort to enhance the passenger rail experience along the Chicago-St. Louis corridor,” said Illinois DOT Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “Travelers in Alton will enjoy a reliable, convenient options to get to where they want to go, while the region benefits from a new station that will help to create economic opportunity for years to come.”

“The opening of the new Alton Regional Multimodal Transportation Center is an important step forward in a statewide effort to improve the passenger rail experience along the Chicago-St. Louis corridor,” said Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin. “This beautiful new station will not only provide travelers in Alton and throughout the region with increased transportation options, it will also help spur economic development in and around the station.

“I was proud to work with my state and local partners in securing a nearly $14 million TIGER grant back in 2011 for this project and even prouder to see the result of those efforts here today.”

The Alton station is a popular place for St. Louis-area passengers to begin and end their trips, whether they are from the Illinois portion of the metro area or from the suburbs on the north side of St. Louis. At approximately 9,000 square feet—more than ten times larger than the former Amtrak station on College Avenue that was vacated on Wednesday—the transportation center includes a baggage room, waiting room, electronic information signs and vending machines.

Customers who had planned travel from the old depot were notified earlier this month of the station and schedule change that results in a two-minute difference in the timetables of the eight Amtrak Lincoln Service trains daily between St. Louis and Chicago, which are sponsored by Illinois DOT as part of the Amtrak MidwestSM network, and the daily Amtrak Texas Eagle between Chicago and San Antonio, with through service to El Paso, Tucson and Los Angeles.

For more information about Alton and its history, visit GreatAmericanStations.com, presented by Amtrak.

(Source: Amtrak)

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United Kingdom: Passengers get more say in the running of the railway

The Western route out of London Paddington, the East Coast main line out of London King’s Cross and Wales are parts of the railway where Network Rail and the train operators have now formed joint Boards and additionally introduced an independently chaired supervisory Board, with passenger representation, holding the rail industry to account and ensuring the different elements work together to drive improvements.

By spring 2018, all of Network Rail’s nine devolved routes will be operating the railway in their regions in this way or with equivalent structures in place.

Publishing Network Rail’s latest update on its transformation and change programme, Mark Carne, chief executive said: “The transformation of Network Rail into a responsive, customer focussed group of companies is gathering pace. Working as one railway, we and the train operators are working ever closer together to deliver real tangible improvements and benefits for passengers across the country.

“There is still much to do and change to implement, but change is happening and the railway improving as a result.

“But it’s not just our company that’s transforming. Over the next 18 months passengers will see a transformation as thousands of improvement projects across the country are finished and thousands of new services and new fleets of trains are introduced increasing rail capacity into many of our major cities by 20-30%.”

Network Rail’s September ‘Transformation Update’ features a timeline for the company’s continued devolution and transformation charting our progress since 2015 and looking ahead to 2024.

(Source: Network Rail)

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Czech Republic: National Railway Day

On 23 September 2017, the Czech National Railway Day was held at Bohumín railway hub in North Moravia. It is the biggest event for fans of railway transport in the Czech Republic.

There was a parade of historic steam locomotives prepared for visitors, for example, an exhibition of locomotive for local lines 423.009, tender locomotives 464.008, 464.202 or large freight locomotive 556.0506. The Austrian (310.23) and the Polish (Pt45-67) locomotives came from abroad.

The motor locomotives were represented, for example, by T 435.040 (the predecessor of V 75 DR), T 478.1002, “Bardotka” prototype T 499.0002, or motor coaches M 120.417 and M 260.001 from the 1930s and motor coaches from the 1950s and 1960s (131.101, M 262.018 and M 240.0100). Concerning the electric locomotives, there were locomotives such as E 499.004 or E 669.001. The modern railway was represented, for example, by Pendolino 680 and InterPanter units or the Vectron locomotive of the company ČD Cargo.

The programme also included special trains ride on non-public lines leading through the black coal district of Ostrava-Karvina or special freight “Photo Train” with steam locomotives and locomotive T 679.1529. The highlight of the whole programme was a night light show at the railway turntable.

Railway Day 2017 was also connected with the 170th anniversary of the Emperor Ferdinand’s Northern Railroad from Vienna to Krakow, reaching Bohumín in 1847.

The first Pendolino train with a new interior in operation

On Saturday, 23 September 2017, the first Pendolino (Unit 680.005) with a modernised interior was introduced on Railway Day and was put into regular operation on September 25. The unit received new floor coverings, luggage racks, seats, LED lights, an information system with LCD monitors and a children’s cinema for the youngest passengers. Concerning the regular operation, it has been first deployed on the line SC 240/241 Pendolino from Prague to Košice (SK) and back.

Modernisation of all 7 units of the 680 series in autumn 2017 and during 2018 includes, for example, 2 289 new seats and 196 LCD monitors in 49 carriages. Pendolino trains have been in operation for ČD for 12 years, during which more than 12 million passengers have been transported and have travelled over 26 million kilometres.

(Source: ČD)

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China: Track laying completed for China’s longest fast railway in extremely cold area

On 6 September, track laying was completed for the whole line of new Harbin-Kiamusze railway, the longest fast railway in extremely cold area of China, marking the start of tight alignment of the track.

With construction initiated in 2014, Harbin-Kiamusze railway starts from Harbin, goes by Binxi, Fangzheng, Demoli and Yilan and ends at Kiamusze, with 14 stations along the way. The line totals 343km and has a design speed of 200km/h, serving both passenger and freight traffic.

The opening of the line will reduce travel time between Harbin and Kiamusze and its surrounding cities. The travel time from Harbin to Kiamusze will be cut from the current 7h to 1h50min, making people’s travel much more convenient.

(Source: CR)

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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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