Tuesday 18 October 2016
Railway History / International Rail Corridors

The 7th International Conference on Railway History organised by IRHA with the support of UIC, TCDD and SNCF, to be held from 2 – 5 November in Istanbul

Main theme is “Rail Routes from the Baghdad Railway to the New Silk Road – 19th to 21st Centuries – Utopian Dreams, Past Achievements, Future Prospects”

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The 7th International Conference on Railway History organised by the International Railway History Association (IRHA-AIHC) with the support of Turkish State Railways (TCDD), UIC and SNCF, will be held from 2 – 5 November 2016 in the historic railway station of Istanbul-Sirkeci, the former terminus station of the Orient-Express and nowadays a railway museum on the European bank of the Bosphorus.

The conference opening will take place on Wednesday 2 November from 17:00 to 20:00 hours.

The conference will be attended by high level representatives of railways and railway organisations, historic associations, academics representing European, Asian and Turkish universities, historians, researchers…

Presentations by academics, historians and senior executives from Middle-Eastern railway companies will focus on the following topics:

Past – 19th and first half of the 20th century:

  • First suggestions and connections
  • The Balkans and the Ottoman Empire
  • Transport corridors Europe-Asia in a wider perspective

Present – Second half of the 20th century

  • The modern debate after World War II

Future – from the 21st century onwards

  • What the future might bring
  • The future of railway networks between Asia, Middle-East and Europe

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The conference is open free of charge to UIC members. Members are simply requested to register at the following email address: Paul Véron, Director of Communications, UIC Coordinator for the Middle-East, IRHA Vice Chairman:

veron@uic.org or com@uic.org

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