Message by UIC Director General following the dramatic floods in the Balkan Region

Dear colleagues, Dear friends,

We are soon going to hold our General Assembly in Portoroz, marking its creation in this part of the world.

93 years during which the worldwide railway community has grown, in spite of all sorts of difficulties throughout the years.

Today some of our Members in this Balkan Region are now going through traumatic difficulties caused by exceptional flooding and natural disasters.

Through this communication I wish to express our deepest sympathy and recall our UIC values and in particular solidarity to invite all Members to bring their assistance in whatever way in order to help restore their railway system as soon as possible.
From the bottom of our heart thank you to all of you.

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux

UIC Director General

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Summit of the International Transport Forum 2014 in Leipzig: UIC participates to represent the worldwide rail sector

The International Transport Forum’s 2014 Summit, organised by ITF, the global transport policy platform within the OECD, successfully took place in Leipzig, Germany, from 21 – 23 May 2014, bringing together 1100 participants from 69 countries, for three days of debate on how megatrends will reshape our world and how transport policy can shape responses to emerging trends. The ITF Conference also included the Summit of Transport Ministers held under the Chairmanship of the French Transport Minister.

This year the Summit dealt with “Transport for a Changing World”. Together, political decision-makers, researchers and representatives of civil society discussed about this theme and tried to anticipate the transformations taking place in our societies.
UIC, which has fostered close and fruitful links with ITF for several years now, has once again participated in the Forum this year to represent the worldwide rail sector.

UIC Director General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux was invited to take the floor and introduce the Ministerial Round Table dedicated to “Competition in Rail Sector”, to provide the Rail sector’s vision and give a global overview of the current challenges. He particularly attracted the attention of other participants – Ministers and representatives of the Rail sector, among them Mrs Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, Canada, Mr Hyung-ku Yeo, Vice-Minister for Transport, Korea, Mr Bambang Susantono, Vice Minister of Transportation, Indonesia, Mr Mohamed Najib Boulif, Deputy Minister of Transport at the Ministry of Equipment, Transport and Logistics, Morocco, Mr Gapanovith, Senior Vice President of Russian Railways (RZD) – on Globalisation of the economy and the direct links between Mobility and Transport.
He reminded participants that Railways are the backbone of a complementary modal system and not necessarily in competition but have to develop effective synergies. He added that evolution between the Transport and Logistics Chain has to take into account the evolving needs and expectations of customers.

He also participated in a Round Table dedicated to “The Workforce for a New Transport Future”. Concerning this subject, he highlighted the existence of a generation gap; in a context of growing internationalisation, the Railways need to prepare the new generations for these challenges by structuring the training offer at several levels through transmission, through adapting to new technologies and senior managerial training in a broad international multimodal context. He concluded that the diversification of jobs in the Rail sector creates the need for new skills and opens new job opportunities, in particular for women.

In parallel to ITF, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux also participated in an event dedicated to the SLOCAT (Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport) project. Several participants including UITP Secretary General and representative of Asian Development Bank, took the floor to present their respective views and projects in the context of Transport Initiatives for the UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit planned on 23 September in New-York. Among these initiatives, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux mentioned the UIC Low Carbon Sustainable Rail Transport Challenge as a follow-up of the Abu Dhabi Ascent held from 4 – 5 May held in the United Arab Emirates. He also mentioned the UIC initiatives planned for the Special Transport Day to be held in New York on 22 September and the coordinating participation in the COP 21 (United Nations Climate Change Conference) to be held in Paris in December 2015.

UIC was also present with a stand at the exhibition together with other institutional partners. It provided an opportunity to communicate on UIC’s latest activities and achievements.

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1st UIC Conference on Natural Disaster Management of Railway Systems (Taipei, 14 – 16 May 2014)

Following the previous issue of UIC eNews dealing with the 1st International Conference on Natural Disaster Management for Railway Systems jointly organised by UIC and Taiwan High Speed Rail THSRC last week in Taipei, we are very pleased to bring you back pictures of this successful event.

This conference, dedicated to the management of natural disasters, an issue with particular relevance for member railways in Asia and a concern in many other regions of the world, brought together 200 participants representing 15 countries and all parts of the world (Asia, Australia, Russia, Japan, Korea, India, China, as well as from Europe such as France and the Middle-East such as Turkey and Saudi Arabia, and an audience through the web on the UIC internet, with 100 participants connected and following the conference live).

UIC takes this opportunity to thank once again the THSRC team which made this event a great success.

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All players involved in rail freight and worldwide logistics systems to meet at 4th UIC Global Rail Freight Conference – “GRFC 2014” from 23 – 26 June in Vienna

Following the successful editions in Delhi (2007), Saint-Petersburg (2010) and Tangier, Morocco (2012), the 4th UIC Global Rail Freight Conference (“GRFC 2014”) will take place from 23 – 26 June in Vienna. This international event, dedicated to rail freight and multimodal perspectives, is jointly organised by UIC, the worldwide railway organisation, Austrian Federal Railways ÖBB and Rail Cargo Group with the support of the Dutch conference organiser Europoint b.v.

The conference will be held at the Hilton Stadtpark Vienna, a very convenient venue in the centre of the capital of Austria.

The central theme of the “GRFC 2014” global conference is “Seamless Transport Chains through Harmonisation – Success Stories and Global Perspectives for Rail Freight”.
It will offer a key opportunity to address all the strategic issues of rail freight development focusing on the management and harmonisation framework, new products and international partnerships, international corridors, multimodal cooperation, new technological trends, etc.

The 4th UIC Global Rail Freight Conference “GRFC 2014” is supported by a number of international institutions or partner associations:

  • Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF)
  • Organization for Cooperation between Railways (OSJD)
  • Coordinating Council on Trans-Siberian Transportation (CCTT)
  • International Rail Transport Committee (CIT)
  • Bureau International des Containers (BIC)

Confirmed speakers or panellists will include Vladimir Yakunin, UIC Chairman, President of JSC Russian Railways (RZD), Mag. Christian Kern, CEO of ÖBB Holding AG, Chairman of CER, the Community of European Rail and Infrastructure Companies, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC, Mrs. Eva Molnar, Director Transport Division, United nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), François Davenne, Secretary General of the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF), Stephan Cathcart, Chairman of the International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA), Semih Kalay, Vice President of TTCI/AAR, USA, Boris Lapidus, Director-General of the Russian Railway Research Institute VNIIZhT, Chairman of UIC International Railway Research Board (IRRB), Dr. Georg Kasperkovitz, Member of the Board, Rail Cargo Group, Francesco S. Parisi, President, International Federation of Freight Forwarders (FIATA), Gennady Bessonov, Russia, Secretary General, Coordinating Council on Trans-Siberian Transportation (CCTT), Ralf-Charley Schultze, Director-General of the International Union of Road-Rail Combined Transport (UIRR), Bertrand Geoffrey, Bureau International des Containers et du transport Intermodal BIC, Hossein Ashori, Vice President of Railways of the Islamic Republic of Iran, etc.

The 4th Global Rail Freight Conference also includes a trade exhibition open to all players and stakeholders of rail freight or logistics systems, as well as a programme of technical visits in Vienna.

For more information or registration please visit the conference website at the following addresses:

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UIC Freight Forum

On 14 May the Freight Forum (FF) under the chairmanship of Ferdinand Schmidt, head of ÖBB-Technische Services GmbH, held its spring meeting at UIC headquarters in Paris.
The main topic on the agenda was the review of projects for 2015. Among the proposed new projects are: Brake Tests to assess the new calculations of the holding force of the new composite brakes. A study on how Dry Ports can assist corridor developments in the interest of Railway Undertakings and a comparison between the different Dispatching Rules impacting RUs.

In two of the projects, Nicola Lelli, a new advisor in the Freight Department, proposed to certify UIC as an Assessment Body according to new EU regulations and to streamline RU staff Training Rules.

The ongoing projects and finished projects were also discussed, such as Electronic Consignment Note (ECN), Track Access Charges or Efficient Corridors (ECCO) and Lars Deiterding from HaCon presented the freight related Shift2Rail initiatives.
The Special Groups, Study Groups and organisations related to UIC such as CIT and CER presented their activities.

All presentations are available to Freight Forum members on the UIC extranet (

The next meeting dates are:

  • 23 – 26 June 2014 Global Rail Freight Conference in Vienna (
  • 27 November 2014 Freight Forum in Budapest

For further information please contact Patrick Mantell:

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Finance Committee (Paris, 20 May 2014)

The annual meeting of the Finance Committee took place on 20 May 2014. The meeting brought together 20 members representing UIC European members to address cross-sector and financial matters under the presidency of David Sitruk, SNCF, and UIC Finance Director, Thierry Bera. The committee works with seven regular working groups – RCF (Réglementation Comptable et Financière/Accounting and Financial Regulation) 1, RCF 2, RCF 3, IPAAB (International Passenger and Baggage Accounts Auditing Body), Debts, Statistics and Taxation – which report annually on the work of 2013 and present work-in-progress for 2014.

RCF 1 – establishes common Accounting and Financial Regulations of Passenger Traffic; RFC 2 – for Freight Traffic; and RCF 3 – follows leaflets related to interest rate calculation and debts. The mission of IPAAB Audit Team is to correct the application of international tariffs; UIC leaflets and CIT regulations for international passenger transport, secure the revenues; improve the accounting process and quality of distribution and accounting systems, and knowledge transfer concerning UIC standards and CIT rules. The Debt group follows the situation and the results of Office for Debt Compensations; the Statistics group provides a high-quality statistical information service to UIC members, to sectors in the community and to other users of statistics; the Taxation group addresses Taxation of energy in the railway sector; the weight of tax in the railway sector and VAT in international passenger transport.
The work of the above groups will be presented in the upcoming articles devoted to the work of the Finance Committee.

Besides regular group presentations every year the Finance Committee invites guest speakers. This year they included Simon Fletcher, UIC, who presented the Future European Rail System – Challenge 2050, Marc Guigon, UIC, presented TAP TSI Phase II, Start up of the Telematics Application for passengers Regulation, and François Maugère, UIC, explained Horizon 2020 Opportunities and Risks of the new Framework Programme on Research & Innovation (2014 – 2020). The meeting was concluded by Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC General Director, who encouraged all UIC members to attend the GA in Portoroz, Slovenia, on 27 June, which will bring together more than 240 members of UIC from 5 continents.

The next meeting of the Finance Committee is scheduled for June 2015.

For further information please contact Maria Lafont:

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Netherlands to host the 2014 Brunel Awards’ International Railway Design Competition jointly organised by ProRail, NS, UIC and the Watford Group

Deadline for entry submission: 31 May 2014!

On the occasion of 175 years of rail transport in the Netherlands and the 125th anniversary of Amsterdam Central Station, ProRail and Dutch Railways (NS) announced that the Netherlands will serve as host of the prestigious 2014 Brunel Awards’ International Railway Design Competition. The Brunel Awards is an initiative of the Watford Group of International Railway Designers, an organisation of railway professionals from 20 countries in Europe, Asia and America. The competition is jointly hosted by the International Union of Railways (UIC), NS and ProRail, the event organisers.

The Brunel Awards competition recognises and promotes the best in railway architecture, engineering, landscape and environmental design, product design, rolling stock design, graphic arts, and corporate branding amongst the world’s railways.

The competition is open to all public and private railway organisations that own or operate common carrier rail services on classic mainline or high-speed rail infrastructure, and public or private railroad infrastructure owner/managers. Projects must be completed between 1 January 2010 and December 2014. The deadline for submission is 31 May 2014. The awards will be presented at a formal ceremony in Amsterdam on 15 October 2014.

The Brunel Jury is chaired by the Dutch State Architect Frits van Dongen and composed of international design leaders.

The Brunel Awards were created in 1985 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of England’s Great Western Railway which was designed by the renowned British architect and engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The competition has been held at three-year intervals rotating among the member nations of the Watford Group and was last held in the United States in 2011.

Entry information and competition rules can be downloaded at

Invitation letter is available here:

Call for entries is available here:

Entry form is available here:

For further information please contact Rob Stringa, Watford Secretary, tel. +31 (0) 6 51474861 or mail via

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News from UIC members

United States: Freight Rail, Shipper Organizations Present Annual Awards for Hazardous Materials Handling

Groups Bestow Annual Holden-Proefrock, Grand Slam, Perfect Game, and TRANSCAER® Awards

On May 20 2014 the Association of American Railroads (AAR) announced the 2013 recipients of the Holden-Proefrock Award, Non-Accident Release (NAR) Grand Slam Award, and Perfect Game Award. In addition, TRANSCAER® (Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response), made up of representatives from the chemical manufacturing, transportation, distributor, and emergency response industries, also presented their National Achievement Awards. The awards were presented today at the 27th Annual AAR/BOE Hazmat Seminar in Addison, Texas.

BNSF Railway’s Director of Hazardous Materials Edward Chapman received the Holden-Proefrock Award, presented annually to a person associated with the railroad industry who has made significant contributions to hazmat transportation safety throughout their career. With more than 36 years in the rail community, Chapman has demonstrated an increased level of environmental excellence in BNSF’s environmental and hazardous materials programs. As a trained and certified hazmat responder, he has increased community awareness by providing hazmat training to enhance first responders’ proper response in the event of an incident.

“Ed has been an active participant on several AAR committees including the Haz Mat (BOE) Committee, the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Committee and the group which developed the routing model used to evaluate the safety and security of trains carrying TIH, explosives and radioactive materials,” said AAR Senior Vice President of Safety and Operations Robert VanderClute. “In addition, he has been active in the Transportation Research Board Hazmat Committee and is currently the Chairman of the National TRANSCAER Task Group. His efforts have truly helped improve hazmat transportation safety in North America.”

A hazardous material NAR is an unintentional release of a hazardous material while in transportation, but not involving an accident. The 2013 AAR NAR Reduction Awards winners:

The 2013 Non-Accident Release Grand Slam Award went to Chevron Products Company, Koch Fertilizer, LLC, and Targa Resources. AAR and the BOE bestow the NAR Grand Slam Award annually to companies that are exemplary shippers of hazardous materials. To be eligible to receive the award, a shipper must be honored individually by at least four Class I railroads and have zero non-accident releases involving their shipments the previous calendar year. The 2013 Perfect Game Award went to ERCO Worldwide, LANXESS Corporation, Moose Jaw Refinery Partnership, Occidental Chemical Corporation, PVS Chemicals, Inc., Solvay Chemicals, Styrolution, and Westlake Chemical Corporation. An award winner must have been recognized by at least four Class I North American railroads and have had zero NARs from rail shipments both to and from a consignee over a calendar year.

Six Class I railroads including BNSF Railway Company, CN Dangerous Goods Team, Canadian National, Canadian Pacific, CSX Transportation, Norfolk Southern Corporation and Union Pacific Railroad also recently received the 2013 TRANSCAER® National Achievement Award in recognition of their extraordinary efforts in support of the TRANSCAER® initiative. TRANSCAER® members consist of volunteer representatives from the chemical manufacturing, transportation, distributor and emergency response industries, as well as the government.

(Source: AAR)

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News from UIC members

Spain: ADIF finalises work to improve access in Pamplona railway station

Adif has finalised work to improve access in Pamplona railway station, requiring an investment of around one million euros.
The aim of these measures is to facilitate the movement of rail passengers by installing new facilities, in particular for persons with reduced mobility.

One of the main measures has been to install two new lifts connecting the underpass with the platforms.

Similarly, upgrade work has been carried out in the underpass to renovate the finishes and fittings.

Another change has been to extend the central platform by 40 m and raise the height of the two existing 250 m-long platforms by 68 cm. These measures will improve access to the various types of trains that call at the station by making it safer and more comfortable.

Work on the platforms has been completed with the new paving surface, safety markings and a tactile guidance path to indicate the edge of the platform to visually impaired passengers.

As part of Adif’s commitment to reduce energy consumption, LED lighting has been installed on the platforms to indicate the arrival of trains in the station. In addition, the station’s power supply has been improved with the installation of a 110 kVA generator.

Work has also been undertaken to upgrade, reinstall and re-arrange the relevant facilities, fittings, equipment and signage.

Pamplona railway station has 11 tracks and two platforms, the main one of which is adjacent to the station building, measures 8.8 m in width and serves track 1. The main platform is around 4 m in width and serves tracks 3 and 7. Both platforms are protected by a gable roof canopy.

(Source: Adif)

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‘Walk Safely to School’ especially near trains and tracks

The TrackSAFE Foundation is encouraging children and their parents all across Australia to take extra care when heading to school this morning for national ‘Walk Safely to School Day’ (WSTSD).

General Manager of the TrackSAFE Foundation Naomi Frauenfelder said that WSTSD was important as it raised awareness in the community about promoting safe pedestrian behaviour amongst young children and stressed that children should take care not only when crossing roads but also when near railway lines and crossings.

“More than 250,000 school students use the rail network each day, and even more at weekends, on excursions and during school holidays. It is therefore important that they and their parents are aware of the risks involved when crossing or standing near rail lines,” said Ms Frauenfelder.

“Unfortunately in Australia we see an average of 166 collisions between trains and people each year, resulting in the accidental death of 35 people and serious injury of more than 40 pedestrians each year. Out of these serious injuries 35% occur amongst young people.

To help address this serious issue, the TrackSAFE Foundation has initiated an Australian first national rail safety education learning resource called Be on the Safe Side, developed specifically for primary schools. Be on the Safe Side comprises a comprehensive set of units of work for teachers, including lesson plans, teacher notes and other relevant resources, to help them teach their students safe behaviour with a train and track safety theme.

“Be on the Safe Side acts as an important learning tool to improve students’ knowledge, skills and attitudes towards rail safety using a strengths-based approach,” said Ms Frauenfelder.

“It is funded by the rail industry, and provides consistency in rail safety education throughout Australia, empowering students to improve their own and others’ safety when they are near trains and train tracks.

“I encourage all children heading to school today to look, think and act on the safe side. Stand behind the yellow line; hop off your skateboard or bike when crossing tracks; wait when the lights are flashing and gates are closed; remove your headphones at crossings and on station platforms.

“The rail industry wants to encourage children to take the train to and from school, making each trip not only an enjoyable one, but a safe one,” Ms Frauenfelder concluded.

For further information on Be on the Safe Side visit

(Source: TrackSAFE)

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Universal Rail Ticketing (URT) meetings, 9 April 2014 in Istanbul, 14 May in Oslo

The ongoing Universal Rail Ticketing Workgroup Meetings

Representatives of different European railway companies of UIC groups, along with UIC representatives, are defining unique standards for mobile ticketing and the interoperability between multiple ticket technologies: the Universal Rail Ticketing (URT).

The advantages of this URT for railway companies consist in helping to reduce ticket printing/mailing costs, increasing revenue by enlarging accessibility of tickets and improving railway branding. Customers should now be able to book an international ticket anywhere, at any time.

As URT chairmen, David Sarfatti of the TAG group and Kurt De Vriendt of the TAP NT group gathered representatives of German, Austrian, Japanese, Austrian, Norwegian and Turkish rail companies on Thursday, 9 April in Istanbul and 14 May in Oslo. Marc Guigon and Fabrice Setta, UIC Senior Advisors for Passenger Transport, and Chris Querée, UIC Technical Group chairman, also participated.

These meetings were the sixth and seventh workshops for the development of European industry standards that provide customers with more control on the ticketing process and give them convenient ways to manage their tickets for international journeys using mobile technology.

Mobile ticketing is already widely used in the railways. With this technology, passengers connected to a smartphone application can book and validate their ticket. Paper printing is not required anymore.

In Istanbul, Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Devlet Demiryolları (TCDD) presented their brand new distribution system EYBIS. Since the deployment of EYBIS and the mobile ticketing channel in January 2014, already 20% of ticket sales are made with the TCCD mobile app on smartphones.

In Oslo, Japan Rail (JR) presented its multiple mobile ticketing solutions depending on the operator. Large stations are divided into company areas, closed with gates. NFC smart cards or phones and barcodes can open the gates.
The URT group wants to unify the specifications of the different European railway companies to minimise impacts and modifications costs on already existing mobiles solutions.

The discussion focuses on the definition of actors involved in ticketing and, with CIT’s validation, the URT group is now able to propose a clear and simple definition of all processes and roles. This definition will be proposed to other UIC group and to FSM group.

The workgroup invites representatives of other railway companies to attend their meeting which fosters, according to Sarfatti, “good emulation and discussion” and “allows participants to better apprehend the different specifications. This will help additional cooperation in the future.” Indeed, during each meeting companies introduce their own sets of specifications for mobile ticketing.

The next meeting will take place in Frankfurt on 17 June on Deutsche Bahn’s premises.

For further information please contact Marc Guigon:

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The European-funded Project, PROTECTRAIL, is holding its final conference on 27 and 28 May in Paris UIC HQ

The European-funded Project, PROTECTRAIL, is holding its final conference on 27 and 28 May in Paris at the International Union of Railways (UIC), where the UIC Security Division is leading the dissemination subproject. They are welcoming around 100 participants.

The project is led by Ansaldo STS Spa, and the other partners involved in the project are 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 (TCDD) and Slovakian Railways (ZSSK) and UIC who represents the other railway end-users. Over 46 months (42 planned before extension) 28 various partners from 11 countries (railway end users, security providers, consultants and research structures) have been working together to integrate the existing security solutions in the rail environment to meet the future security challenges in order to find and demonstrate the right solutions to improve rail security or beyond that, rail protection.
With a 21 million € budget (13 million € from the EU) the objective was to develop a global framework, taking existing solutions, making them interoperable, testing them in demonstrations with real-life scenarios.

The beneficiaries of the project will be the security staff of the operators and infrastructure managers at different levels, crisis management structures run by authorities or police officers and finally the “end users” of railways, passengers and citizens.

Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director-General of the International Union of Railways (UIC) opened the conference declaring: “This project is an important project for the railways (infrastructure manager and railway undertakings): in the case of crisis or negative event due to delinquency or terrorism, or in the case of any other event due to the rail environment (other hazards, climatic conditions, natural disasters …) the control rooms will be able to react in the best way:

PROTECTRAIL will have demonstrated that all the necessary and relevant information can reach the control rooms in an appropriate and standardised way: information on any event, scenarios developed as help for the decision, modularity of the technical devices enabling to take into account the technological evolutions. Of course the main railway companies have already built their own structure of security management and emergency management. But the solutions developed validated and tested in PROTECTRAIL can help them to improve their own organisation by addressing both: technological aspects and human/organisational factors. For other railway companies PROTECTRAIL will give a relevant framework, not to reinvent the wheel but to implement relevant solutions at the best cost efficiency ratio.

PROTECTRAIL is also an important project for UIC: its involvement in such projects can benefit all its members by sharing the costs and disseminating the relevant information. Of course it will be done at first for the UIC members of the consortium, but we’ll go beyond that and in accordance with the consortium’s rules, we’ll disseminate the main results and choices within a white paper to be produced and in a future UIC leaflet of recommendations prepared at global level, as it’s the vocation of UIC. Perhaps we also have to think of a possible continuation of PROTECTRAIL in some topics within the framework of other future projects.”

Vito Siciliano, Ansaldo, coordinator of the project, then presented the results of the PROTECTRAIL experience: “at the end of the project, comparing expectations and findings, it appears that the project structure was quite efficient in planning; it faced changes in scope of the mission but no significant deviation and was always able to refine some missions.

Indeed, the system integration is complex but feasible, and it demonstrated during the project that it is adequate for the scope of the objectives; it is interoperable, simple and able to evolve.
There still remains a gap to get sensing and mitigation technologies at a reasonable price, and usable in an open railway context. Besides, privacy and ethical legislation are still a significant obstacle. But security is still a fundamental value in our system even if, due to the current lower level of terrorism, European stakeholders concern about rail protection seems to be reduced.

But the findings are ready to be exploited and able to produce several improved tools for the different stakeholders involved in rail operation and security.

So it is necessary to follow on from PROTECTRAIL experience and continue the fruitful cooperation and relationships between stakeholders. The PROTECTRAIL project could be an “incubator” for new and further initiatives in railway security.

Integration – Interoperability of capacities and technologies in an Open System Architecture was the key factor to get results, and the commitment and integration of competences were the most relevant key success factors.
PROTECTRAIL was a great example of European Project and successful international cooperation.”

Over the two days, devices and tools are displayed in the room, and in direct connection with Italy for a third demonstration: after Zmigrod in Poland in October 2013, the Villecresnes tunnel in France in February 2014, a direct link is established with Italy for demonstrating in real time a protection of wide infrastructure in the Palermo area (ASTS and RFI demonstration on tracks protection). The PROTECTRAIL Project video launched and distributed during this conference contains the official video of the project, as well as the “behind the scenes” and the scenarios of the above demonstrations. It will be available on the PROTECTRAIL website.

In addition, eight High Probability Low Impact (HPLI) solutions that have been integrated in the interoperability framework designed by PROTECTRAIL are being presented:

  1. Door blocking (in real time - with a real door) – Bombardier Transportation
  2. On-board crowd density detection - Bombardier Transportation
  3. Privacy protection for CCTV (technology enabler - integrated in both above) - Bombardier Transportation
  4. On-board to ground protocol for emergency and situation assessment (enabling technology) – Alstom and Thales TCS
  5. Sherlock solution to relocate perpetrators and suspects post incident - TNO
  6. People flow measurement - Multitel
  7. reporting of events from the field (from the handheld) – Thales Portugal
  8. Trespassing/restricted area encroachment – Aitek

By establishing this framework with standardised events and SOA (Service-Oriented Architecture) principles in security and rail infrastructures, not only does the industry achieve better interoperability, the integration time of new capacities and the cost to develop, test and integrate new security solutions is reduced drastically, and security stakeholders understand each other for efficient decision-making during security events and crisis situations.

All in all, PROTECTRAIL, with its future-proof methods and recommendations is clearly a success for its railway members and the European Commission can be thanked accordingly for its effective financial commitment.

UIC Security Division
Jacques Colliard:
Marie-Hélène Bonneau:

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2nd General Assembly of the EC funded rail freight research project SPECTRUM 20 & 21 May 2014 – University of Newcastle – UK

Last week marked the 2nd General Assembly of the SPECTRUM project which is focussed on the currently unexploited market of low-density high value (LDHV) goods. Besides the GA, there were also meetings of WP3 and 4 as well as of the Advisory Board. The UIC (represented by Dennis Schut) is involved as leader of the WP on dissemination as well as chairing the Advisory Board.

Over the intervening period since the previous General Assembly, held in Istanbul in July 2013, the project team has principally developed three areas; conceptual design, detailed design and economic assessment.

During the first day of the meeting the progress of the work in Work Packages 3 (High performance freight trains) and 4 (Synthesis and Evaluation) were discussed in workshop form and a summary of the workshop and progress was presented to the GA on the second day, along with the planning of the work on WP5 (Freight Train Technology Demonstration)

Building on the foundations set in previous years through the market analysis and capacity management reports the project team set about developing a SPECTRUM logistics and vehicle concept that would

  • Behave like a passenger train in terms of installed power, speed, acceleration, braking and momentum: allowing full scheduling on inter-urban and suburban train networks
  • Have a standardised and universal power supply system for the delivery of power to temperature controlled containers (reefers) in a controlled fashion
  • Operate over a wide range of national domestic and international lines and routes with little constraint.
  • Be of modular design addressing inter-modal and logistics (palletised goods) markets.
  • Remain unbroken acting in fixed formation to capitalise on the performance characteristics of the vehicle

A large part of the concept generation process was conducted during a workshop held at the home of Faiveley Transport in Tours, France.

The original project description was reworked into something from which ideas were generated:

Since the SPECTRUM project focuses specifically on the currently unexploited market of low-density high value (LDHV) goods, broadly speaking the SPECTRUM concepts are governed by type of goods and loading unit to be transported. The SPECTRUM concepts are therefore designed to incorporate, swap bodies, ISO containers including reefers for refrigerated cargo, palletised cargo and semi-trailers or combination thereof.

The concepts also explored a number of transhipment techniques including I.Log’s Metrocargo, Innovatrain’s Container Mover 3000 and Kockum’s MegaSwing solution. The developed conceptual solutions were assessed using life cycle costing and SWOT methodologies.

The progress of WP3

The aim of WP3 is to develop a detailed design concept for high-performance freight train that meets the operational specifications identified in WP1 and WP2. Of the seven elements identified in WP2 four related directly to the four tasks in WP3. These are:

  1. Light-weighting of the wagon body
  2. Running gear and Vehicle dynamics
  3. Electrical systems and couplings
  4. Freight Handling

Three additional design elements which were critical to fulfilling the logistics and market requirements (WP1 and WP2) were traction, condition monitoring (of goods and vehicle) and Tracking & Tracing. These tasks will be fulfilled through purchasing of the units off the shelf based the specification in D2.5 as refined by WP3 Task Leaders.

After considering several design configurations, it was decided that the 104’ SPECTRUM Train would consist of 4 six-axle two wagon sets. The train is capable of carrying 20’, 30’, 40’ and 45’ intermodal containers and swap bodies. Although designed primarily for Container-Mover horizontal transhipment, the wagon is versatile allowing for conventional transhipment techniques as well as novel ones such as the Metrocargo horizontal transhipment.

Taking into account the load distribution, the axle load on the outer bogies is 17t, while the centre one is 22.5t. The technical feasibility of running this train at the design top speed of 160km/h indicated that it would run stable, within acceptable limits. Based on the centre beam design (see image shown below), the wagon would also incorporate fitting of power convertors - designed specifically to meet the SPECTRUM Train reefer power demand - to supply electricity to the reefers.

Finite Element Structural analysis and material selection of the preliminary concept design is currently underway. The materials being considered now are traditional steel, high-strength steel and composite materials. The immediate next step is an iterative engineering design process where the effect of changing parameters (such as loading and material properties) is assessed through structural analysis. The results are used to feedback to the original design to be altered (if necessary) before taking the wagon concept back for structural analysis.

After a number of simulations and tests, the following recommendations were given for the future steps in designing the wagon:

  • Eliminate the lateral beams.
  • Re-design the shape of the longitudinal beams in the area close to the central articulation which produces high stress concentration welding areas.
  • Considering replacing the I beam section with other more weight-¬‐efficient section profiles.
  • Power convertor fitted centrally for dynamic stability.
  • Move the beams apart to accommodate central location of power convertor.
  • Based on the weight distribution recommendation, the 500 kg power convertor should be located as close to the outer bogies as possible.
  • Ensure that the adaptor fits properly

Requirements for the bogie selection have been drawn up as well as a short list of 5 categories. Initial simulations have been carried out and show that specification can be met with trailing arm suspension. Performance assessment has been carried out against UK and EU standards. A generic trailing arm bogie model set up and currently being optimised and the UIC standard secondary suspension has now been proposed.

Further aspects were discussed on electrical systems and coupling, the architecture of the power convertor as well as freight handling. For freight handling, a conceptual design has been developed for city logistics. This applies micro swap bodies which can be transferred using horizontal transhipment techniques. A light truck with a specialised turntable transports the swap bodies to the final city destination. In the coming months leading up to the end of WP3 on 31 July 2014, work related to all WP3 tasks will be completed and four deliverables to be submitted end of July/beginning of August. There will be a final WP3 workshop in Naples in July.

The progress of WP4

The aim of Work Package 4 is to validate and evaluate ex-ante the solutions designed for their effectiveness for shifting cargo of unexploited markets to rail, as well as for their contribution to environmental sustainability and in their social aspects. The reports on the Financial Analysis and Economic Analysis have been completed.

The key messages of the financial analysis can be summarised as follows:

  • SPECTRUM service can boost the attractiveness of rail freight, increasing the modal split for rail, if the decrease in transit time is ensured, even if accompanied by a cost increase of 20-30% compared to regular rail services;
  • The modal shift expected with the introduction of SPECTRUM service is higher in geographical or service areas where the modal split for rail is higher (Service Area 2 - Scandinavia).
  • As expected, this result confirms that in some links, and for some supply chains, the “premium value” SPECTRUM service turns out to be less attractive than regular rail
  • When standard tariffs are assumed, the financial feasibility of the SPECTRUM service is not ensured in any of the selected service areas.
  • If estimated operational costs are kept, the necessary tariffs to ensure financial profitability is double than the standard;
  • When applying the premium tariff (+30%) that clients are assumed to pay for SPECTRUM service, the financial feasibility is ensured in Service area 2 when cost are reduced by more than one third (37%).
    The Advisory Board concluded among other things that costs savings would be beneficial for the future use of this service aimed at low density high value freight shipments.

The planning of WP5

The work of WP 5 – Freight train technology demonstrations – is yet to start. Ideas and planning have been discussed. Possible featured demonstrators will be:

  • Power Converter for Reefer (Faiveley)
  • Running gear (Newrail)
  • Lightweight vehicle structure (Kockums)
  • Freight Handling system (Ilog)
    A validation of the Power Converter (PC) tests is planned for a day in June 2015 in Saint-Pierre des Corps (France) as a show to the European Commission and the Spectrum Advisory Board and interested UIC members, with the following ingredients:
  • PC connected to 2x20 ft reefers
  • Running test for 3 hours with monitoring of electrical characteristics of the PC and the performances of the reefer in terms of temperature
  • Explanation about the redundancy of the functioning of the couple PC-Reefer
  • Demonstration of the tracing & tracking
  • Possible other demos
    A date and invitation for this event will soon be made available to the UIC members.

Recent SPECTRUM Features & Publications: Railway Strategies - Railway Gazette International - RRUKA – for further information on the project, see

Remarks and questions are always welcome! Please contact Dennis Schut, UIC Research manager:

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2nd ERNCIP Operators Workshop (Ispra, Italy, 19 – 20 May 2014)

UIC represented by Mr José Pires (Senior Advisor of the UIC Security Division) attended the 2nd European Reference Network for Critical Infrastructure Protection-ERNCIP on 19 and 20 May 2014 in Ispra, Italy.

ERNCIP aims at providing a framework within which experimental facilities and laboratories will share knowledge and expertise in order to harmonise test protocols throughout Europe, leading to better protection of critical infrastructures against all types of threats and hazards. Its mission is to foster the emergence of innovative, qualified, efficient and competitive security solutions, through the networking of European experimental capabilities.

ERNCIP is according to the EC Joint Research Centre (JRC) a direct response to the lack of harmonised EU-wide testing or certification for CIP products and services, which is a barrier to future development and market acceptance of security solutions.
The ERNCIP Office has been mandated by the Directorate General Home Affairs (DG HOME) of the European Commission and in the context of the European Programme for Critical Infrastructure Protection (EPCIP), and with the agreement of Member States, set up the ERNCIP project in 2009. The preparatory phase was successfully completed in November 2010 and the project started its implementation phase in 2011.
The ERNCIP Office operates within the organisa¬tional framework of the Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) of the Europe¬an Commission’s Joint Research Centre.

The 2nd ERNCIP Operators Workshop was about “Technological Security Solutions - Assessment, Selection and Development”. Using a three-session structure during the two days’ work, the experts representing many sectors of the CI operators answered specific questions. The represented sectors were Water, Transportation, ICT/Communications and Energy. And the challenging questions were:

Sector group work: Session 1

Driving question 1: What are the challenges today for operators regarding assessment, selection and deployment of technological security solutions?

Sector group work: Session 2

Driving question 2: What tools are available for operators and how can these be best utilised in order to address the above challenges regarding the assessment, selection and deployment of technological security solutions?

Sector group work: Session 3
Driving question 3: How can the ERNCIP network help to address these challenges at EU level?

The overall conclusions are that the needs of the main challenges and actions are:

  • to perform an efficient and effective cross sector assessment with regard to CIP;
  • exchange information using a common structure and methodology between CI operators that can be understood within the same based on reason;
  • the need for a CI comprehensive protection approach;
  • the need to understand the interdependencies between safety and security systems (the SAFEURITY concept; ©UIC-JP2014).
  • for CI operators to help improve and better support the ERNCIP thematic areas

The ERNCIP work programme addresses several thematic areas (TA), as identified by the sponsors. The work is undertaken by specific thematic work-ing groups, each led by a TA coordinator. The current ERNCIP TA are:

  • Aviation Security Detection Equipment - JRC, Geel
  • Explosives Detection Equipment(non-Aviation) - CEA (FR)
  • Industry Control Systems and Smart grids - CPNI (NL)
  • Structural Resistance against Seismic Risks - JRC, Ispra
  • Resistance of Structures against Explosion effects – Fraunhofer EMI (DE)
  • Chemical & Biological Risks in the Water Sector - Austrian Environmental Agency
  • Video Analytics and Surveillance - CAST (UK)
  • Applied Biometrics for CIP - CAST (UK)
  • Radiological Threats to Critical Infrastructure - STUK (Finland)

The main OBJECTIVES for each TA:

  • Harmonisation of test protocols;
  • Harmonisation of measurements and metrology;
  • Recommendations for certification and labelling;
  • Recommendations for research and investment.

UIC recognises the need to improve the overall protection of critical infrastructures in the EU and is pleased to note the efforts undertaken so far by the JRC and all the actors involved in the different thematic areas etc.

Also UIC has closely followed the progress made until now (1st ERNCIP operators workshop, September 2013), as the ERCIP project has already reached its third operational year. We have also been supportive to the ERNCIP Strategic goals as well as the long-term planning which goes beyond 2014 and are currently reflecting on how the CIP operators would envisage a continuation of ERNCIP and its activities in the coming years.

The final results of the workshop will follow and for more information on the JRC and ERNCIP please access to the webpage

For further information please contact: José Pires, Senior Advisor UIC Security Division:

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Next meetings scheduled

  • 25 April 2019 European work programme 2020 Paris
  • 25 April 2019 European Management committee Assistants Paris
  • 8 May 2019 Freight Forum RCA Vienna
  • 14-16 May 2019 UIC Global FRMCS Conference Paris, UIC HQ
  • 14-16 May 2019 UIC Global FRMCS Conference Paris, UIC HQ
  • 15-17 May 2019 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting Poznan, PL (PKP)
  • 16-18 May 2019 TopRail Forum Naples
  • 20-21 May 2019 Seminar on UIC Asia-Pacific Projects 2018-2020 Manila, PHILIPPINES
  • 21-23 May 2019 UIC-ADB Asia-Pacific Railway Innovations Forum Manila, PHILIPPINES
  • 21 May 2019 Preparatory Group 94th General Assembly Paris
  • 22 May 2019 European Management committee Assistants Paris
  • 22 May 2019 European Group of Assistants Paris
  • 23 May 2019 27th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly Manila, PHILIPPINES
  • 3-5 June 2019 1st Digital Conference Brussels
  • 15-16 June 2019 UIC Middle-East Regional Assembly Amman, Jordan
  • 18-20 June 2019 UIC Security Week Paris, UIC HQ
  • 24 June 2019 28th European Regional Assembly Budapest
  • 25 June 2019 Executive Board Budapest
  • 25 June 2019 94 General Assembly Budapest
  • 26 June 2019 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting DB AG BERLIN
  • 16 September 2019 APNRTC (Asia Pacific Network of Rail Training Centres) Moscow
  • 17-20 September 2019 Best HR and training practices for Railways Moscow
  • 24-25 September 2019 Rail System Forum Steering Board Paris, UIC HQ
  • 9-11 October 2019 5th UIC World Congress on Rail Training Rabat, Morocco
  • 16-19 October 2019 UIMC Scientific Congress and General Assembly Pietrarsa Napoli - Italy
  • 28-29 October 2019 28th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly Tokyo, JAPAN
  • 5 November 2019 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 5 November 2019 Freight Forum RCA Vienna
  • 6 November 2019 Safety Platform Plenary meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 11-14 November 2019 7th NEXTSTATION Tehran
  • 20-22 November 2019 15th UIC Global Security Congress Praha, Czech Republic
  • 26 November 2019 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting UIC, Paris
  • 27 November 2019 Statistics Plenary Meeting UIC, Paris
  • 28 November 2019 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting UIC, Paris

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