22nd CINERAIL, International Railway Corporate Film Competition, will be held from 27 – 29 November 2017 in Lisbon

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The 22nd edition of the CINERAIL International Railway Corporate Film Competition will be held from 27 – 29 November 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal, at the São Jorge Cinema.

This railway film festival, which constitutes a reference for discovering new railway films at global level, is jointly organised by UIC, the worldwide railway organisation, and the portuguese rail sector in close cooperation with the CINERAIL association, UIC Members, and a number of external partners, in particular UITP, the worldwide association of public transport, EGEAC – cultural action of the Municipality of Lisbon – Turismo de Lisboa,..

The International Railway Corporate Film Competition

The CINERAIL Corporate Film Competition provides a unique opportunity to present professionals (from the railways and public transport sphere and from the film production and communication sectors) as well as the public at large, with a selection of best films and audio-visual content commissioned by railway companies, industries, the public transport sector and institutions involved in transport matters.
It provides an overview of the quality and excellence of film productions dealing with rail transport issues in different parts of the world.
An international jury will have the task of evaluating the quality and effectiveness of the films and audiovisual content presented and deciding on the CINERAIL awards.

CINERAIL can definitively be considered as a showcase for the value and quality of the communications policy of UIC Member railways and all actors involved in the rail sector in all parts of the world.

Film registration is open! Do not miss the deadline of 31 August 2017!

UIC Member railways as well as public transport companies, railway manufacturers, organisations and institutions involved in the transport sector, are cordially invited to register their latest films and audiovisual productions (production in the period 2015-2017) in using the attached Registration Form.

Film productions with the following objectives are particularly welcome:

  • Corporate communications, promotion of railway and public transport in general
  • Rail as sustainable transport, lobbying campaigns on sustainability, climate change
  • Security and safety (including risks at level crossings, education of population, children, on risks)
  • Publicity, advertising (TV, internet…)
  • Innovative services for Passengers and Freight
  • Internal communication (training of staff in all disciplines)
  • Historic heritage of railways

Technical specification for transmission of the film and audiovisual material (details on commissioning company, producer, film director, format, sound system and language, existence of English-subtitled version, authorisation for screening in a public cinema,..) are specified in the Registration Form.

The language of the CINERAIL International Railway Corporate Film Competition in Lisbon will be English. International films will be presented with English subtitles.

Registration of films is free of charge.

For further information please contact UIC at the following address:

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UIC FRMCS kicks off the work for the FRMCS Functional Requirements Specification

FRMCS (Future Railways Mobile Communication System) is the acronym for the GSM-R successor, expected to be made available in 2022. UIC has launched the FRMCS Project phase two scheduled to take place between 2017 and 2019. For this important system, one of the ERTMS recognised game changers, UIC will deliver the Functional and System Requirements Specifications, liaise with frequency authorities and ETSI TC RT and 3GPP , document the Business Case, define with ETSI TC RT the applications interworking conditions, discuss migration aspects, determine the conditions for ensuring a smooth transition from GSM-R to FRMCS including future interworking and roaming conditions, investigate the gaps with the present 3GPP R15 features for FRMCS, document the preconditions for the system Proof of Concept and validation Trials, including ETCS trials.

On 13 July 2017, the UIC FRMCS Project representatives met at the UIC HQ and discussed the initial planning of the FRMCS Functional Specification. ERA representatives participated in the meeting.

The remit of the specification, that will be based on the UIC User Requirement Specification, the work frame and an initial roadmap for the FRMCS FRS - which will be a UIC IRS - were agreed.

A detailed plan for the FRMCS FRS, the strategy on the alignment with the TSI, will be discussed with the UIC FG & OG plenary and the FRMCS stakeholders and will be agreed within the Q4 of 2017.

For further details please contact Dan Mandoc, UIC FRMCS Project Manager:

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Coordination Council on Trans-Siberian Transportation (CCTT) conference held end of June in Norway

At the end of June some 20 participants met in Narvik, Norway to attend the Coordination Council on Trans-Siberian Transportation (CCTT) conference.

Narvik’s location in relation to the railways, sea and airport make the port a natural logistics intersection. It belongs to the EU’s TEN-T core network.

Ice free, the largest deep sea port in the Barent region connects with the international railway network through Sweden for transport south and to the European continent as well as through Finland for markets in Russia and China.

The port of Narvik operates as a hub for goods by rail (Ofotbanen) to this region. There are 19 trains in each direction (north/south) moving weekly between Oslo and Narvik through Sweden. In addition, the same single track between Kiruna (Sweden) and Narvik transports 20Mt of iron ore per year.

The Ofotbannen railway line represents 1% of the Norwegian rail network but carries more than 60% of the total cargo (in metric tons).

On the first day of the conference, the speakers presented opportunities to develop rail traffic. A future train service was presented between Beijing and Scandinavia with Narvik as the last stop before the cargo moves in with ships on the Atlantic to the USA.

Mr Gennady Bessonov, CCTT Secretary General gave a detailed comparison between the North-South and East-West corridors, taking into account the growing geo-economic potential.

Bernard Schmitt, UIC Freight Advisor, presented UIC’s activities in the area of Eurasian corridors and heavy haul issues.

For further information please contact Bernard Schmitt, UIC Freight Advisor:

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“HYPERLOOP, the future of Intercity Transportation”

By: Dan Katz, Transportation Policy Counsel, Hyperloop One

Technological breakthroughs in transportation are advancing new possibilities for safety, efficiency and speed. In a system beset with congestion and aging infrastructure, innovation will be key to tackling the challenges we face. These innovations are additional tools for our toolbox – they don’t necessarily replace existing tools. We are going to need all options – innovative and traditional – on the table to meet the demands of the coming decades. Hyperloop is one of those options.

That’s why Hyperloop One has joined APTA – to work together with our colleagues to advance American transportation. Hyperloop will soon be a new mode of transportation. Following Elon Musk’s release of the “Hyperloop Alpha” whitepaper, our company started with four people in a Los Angeles garage in the summer of 2014. The team is now more than 280 employees in three locations in the U.S., and offices in Dubai and London. We operate a 3.5-acre innovation campus in LA, a 100,000 square foot machine shop in Las Vegas and a 50-acre test site in the Nevada desert.

The fundamentals of Hyperloop are straightforward: high-speed travel in a low-pressure tube to reduce resistance and drag, and the use of pods rather than trainsets, for on-demand, point to point travel. The result is an extremely high-speed, energy-efficient and versatile system. At Hyperloop One, we are working to perfect the design and bring it to market.

One year ago at that Nevada test site, we demonstrated our propulsion and power controls system. We have now completed the first 500 meters of DevLoop, our full-scale and full-system track. For several weeks we’ve been performing tests at DevLoop on the all the major systems – propulsion, vacuum, levitation, braking and controls. We’ve built a custom pod vehicle that operates autonomously with a linear electric motor and magnetic levitation.

Hyperloop One is getting ready for our first full-system public test later this year. This time, Kitty Hawk will be in the Nevada desert rather than on the beaches of North Carolina.

When I was at USDOT working under Secretary Anthony Foxx during the Obama administration, we were determined to do all we could to modernize our practices so that we wouldn’t always be playing catch up with innovation. I know the new administration is just as determined to be at the forefront of innovation.

At Hyperloop One we are moving beyond incremental changes to existing technologies, but we are eager to make multimodal connections to passenger rail, transit and aviation. In fact, integration with other modes is central to our business plans for both freight and passenger service. We can serve as a high-speed passenger link from urban transit systems. We are planning to integrate operations with autonomous vehicles for last mile passenger trips. And we are looking at systems to connect ports with inland rail terminals. One of our company’s leading investors is DP World, which realizes the impact that Hyperloop can have upon freight transportation and movement of goods from ports. We’ve been working together to invent new cargo handling technology for its Port of Jebel Ali.

We see demand around the world. In May 2016, we launched the Hyperloop One Global Challenge to find the best routes on the planet and put real teams and stakeholders behind them.

We recently narrowed it down from a couple of thousand applications to 35 semifinalists from 17 countries. Twenty of those semifinalist proposals come with real government support.

We are entering an age of “press-button transportation,” with ride share and eventually drone services available to us at the tap of a phone. Hyperloop One plans to be part of that autonomous, push-button system. We’re focused on building hardware, but also a new way of controlling freight and passenger traffic in a “packetized” system. Our control systems are designed to ensure that everything on the main line of the Hyperloop is moving at an optimal speed and calibrate pod entry to the Hyperloop to prevent congestion and maximize efficiency.

As we see with autonomous cars, there is a recognition that we can make huge improvements in safety and reduce congestion by eliminating human error. Whether it’s a shipping container or a passenger pod, in the Hyperloop One system, the human role will be limited to choosing the destination. That is where transportation needs to go if we are realistically going to leap forward and solve the congestion problems we face.

Advocates of traditional modes of transportation do not need to fear the entry of innovative technologies to the transportation system. We should all root for more diverse options for the traveling public and our nation’s freight network.

(Source: SPEEDLINE, July 2017)

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Italy/Iran: FS Italiane signs agreements for development of Iran’s rail network

Scientific cooperation and staff training: these are the highlights of the agreements signed on 11 July 2017 in Teheran by FS Italiane and the Islamic Republic of Iran Railways (RAI).

“These agreements – said Renato Mazzoncini – are a step forward for FS in the Iranian high-speed project, precisely the Qom-Arak line. A trilateral agreement has also been signed for the training of Iranian Railways experts in cooperation with the University of Science and Industry of Teheran.”

The agreement signed on 11 July by Renato Mazzoncini – CEO of FS Italiane, follows the framework cooperation agreement signed in 2016 for the development of Iranian high-speed network for the lines Qom-Arak and Teheran-Hamedan.

Iran’s railway infrastructure extends for about 10,000 kilometers, and there are plans for an extension of the network of up to 25,000 km by 2025, of which 7,500 kilometres are already under construction.

The Iranian rail traffic development plan envisages, for the period 2005-2025, an increase from 25 to 65 million passenger a year.

(Source: FS Italiane)

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China’s new high-speed train debuts on Beijing-Shanghai route

China’s next generation bullet train “Fuxing” debuted on the Beijing-Shanghai line on 26 June 2017.

A CR400AF model departed Beijing South Railway Station at 11:05 a.m. for Shanghai. At the same time, the CR400BF model left Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station for Beijing.

The new bullet trains, also known as electric multiple units (EMU), boast top speeds of 400 kilometres an hour and a consistent speed of 350 kilometres an hour.

The train was designed and manufactured by China.

The train includes a sophisticated monitoring system that constantly checks its performance and automatically slows the train in case of emergencies or abnormal conditions.
Thanks to a remote data-transmission system, a control centre will be able to monitor the train in real time.

Lu Dongfu, general manager of China Railway Corp., operator of the new train, said “Fuxing” (rejuvenation), underpins the unique role that high-speed railway has played in China’s economic and social development.
Previous bullet trains featured the characters “Hexiehao” (harmony), on the exterior of each train.

China has the world’s longest high-speed railway network, 22,000 kilometres by the end of 2016, about 60% of the world’s total.

Beijing-Shanghai railway line is China’s busiest route, used by 50,5000 passengers daily.

(Source: Xinhua news agency)

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France: Modernising the network for everyday mobility: public information campaign in every region of France

On Wednesday 5 July, SNCF Réseau launched a public-information campaign in every administrative region of France, with the aim of drawing attention to the efforts of SNCF Réseau and regional administrations across France to modernise the rail network for everyday mobility.

Nationwide communications campaign

In each region, the local press and social media will carry briefings focusing on one or two major projects from 5 - 7 July and from 20 - 22 September 2017. A 30-second film spotlighting nationwide efforts to modernise the rail network will also be broadcast online.

This campaign shows SNCF Réseau and the regions’ commitment to daily mobility and improving quality of service for all customers.

1,600 engineering works across the rail network in 2017

With the support of our partners in local & national government, SNCF Réseau will run 1 600 engineering upgrades across the French network in 2017. The work will renew 1,000 kilometres of track, 500 switches and 4,000 kilometres of catenary.

To ensure engineering works run as smoothly as possible and minimise the impact on operations, SNCF Réseau applies a range of innovative industrial technologies.
For example, our factory train can lay up to 1,000 m of new track in a single night, whilst the catenary renewal train simultaneously removes the old contact wire and installs the new one. For its part, our tilting wagon can transport a whole switch to a site without disrupting regular traffic, where the rail crane lays it in place with inch-perfect precision.

Alongside this, we are recruiting an extra 2,800 staff to help modernise our infrastructure. SNCF Réseau is one of France’s biggest employers and a major driver of economic growth.

Modernising the network in every region

The works in question are vital and cover everything from track renewal to replacing several kilometres of catenary contact wire. SNCF Réseau’s strong and effective relationships with the administrative regions ensure the successful completion of each of the many and various projects taking place across France.

“I would like to sincerely thank the Presidents each of France’s regions for their collaboration on this wide-ranging project to modernise the core network.”
Patrick JEANTET, Chairman and CEO, SNCF Réseau

(Source: SNCF)

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China: Capacity of Wuhan Railway Transport Circle upgraded again

A new train diagram will come into effect nationwide on 1 July. According to adjustments to the diagram, Wuhan Railway Administration will put another 22 passenger trains into operation; the running sections of 18 passenger trains and the routes of 10 passenger trains will be adjusted; 14 passenger trains out of operation temporarily in previous slack season will return to service; the operation class of two trains will be upgraded; the capacity of 10 high-speed trains will be doubled; and 10 passenger train numbers will be changed.

After the Baoji-Lanzhou Section of Xuzhou-Lanzhou High-speed Railway was opened, six high-speed trains were put into service for the first time between Wuhan and Lanzhou. It takes only seven hours to travel from Wuhan to Lanzhou by the fastest train. The capacity of the Wuhan Rapid Railway Circle was upgraded again. By that time, passengers will be able to travel to 25 provincial-level administrative regions by HS trains operated by Wuhan Railway Administration.

(Source: CR)

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United Kingdom: Three transformational railway upgrades this August

They’re all part of the Railway Upgrade Plan to relieve crowding and congestion on the railway by providing more reliable infrastructure and better facilities for passengers – for faster, more comfortable journeys.
Here are three of the major projects we’re working on in August that will bring benefits to the millions of passengers who travel by train every year.

1. Waterloo and South West Upgrade

Britain’s busiest station is having a major makeover to create a more spacious, modern and accessible station and improve passenger journeys. More than 230 million passenger journeys pass through London Waterloo every year – the number of passengers using the rail network nationally has doubled in the last 20 years, and this growth is set to continue.
The Waterloo and South West Upgrade will provide the biggest package of improvements to London Waterloo since the 1930s and is expected to be completed by December 2018. It will increase peak-time capacity into Waterloo by 30 per cent – that’s room for an extra 45,000 people each morning and afternoon – equivalent to more than the capacity of the O2 arena and Oval Cricket ground combined.
Platforms 1 to 10 will close from Saturday 5 to Monday 28 August, (platforms 1 to 14 over the August bank holiday weekend) as we lengthen platforms 1 to 4 so that 10-car services can run on suburban routes. During the work, platforms 20-24 in the former Waterloo International Terminal will open temporarily.
This August, travel early to avoid morning and evening rush hours, work from home if possible, or take a holiday, as fewer trains will be running in and out of Waterloo.

2. Thameslink Programme London Bridge improvements

Spacious new trains through central London every two to three minutes during peak time: this is the future envisioned by the Thameslink Programme, which completes in 2018.
This August, we’re installing new track for more modern trains that will help to meet the huge rise in demand for rail travel and provide more reliable journeys, as well as untangling the track on the station approaches – reducing the time that trains wait for platforms to clear, and cutting delays.
We’ve also been transforming London Bridge station to create a more modern and accessible concourse, bigger than the pitch at Wembley, providing the 56 million passengers who use the station each year with more space, easier connections to other rail services and the Tube, as well as substantially better shops and facilities. Two-thirds of the new concourse opened in August 2016.

3. Manchester to Preston route improvements

Upgrading the railway between Manchester and Preston via Bolton is part of our £1bn+ Great North Rail Project for faster, greener, quieter and more reliable journeys across the North by 2022. Hundreds more trains will be able to run each day, meaning more seats and more comfortable travel for passengers.
Train customers, local communities, businesses and the economy as a whole all stand to benefit from improved connections and shortened journey times between key towns and cities.
Work to upgrade Bolton station ready for electric trains will continue between Saturday 12 August and Sunday 27 August 2017. Most train services won’t run in or out of Bolton until the first service on Monday 28 August 2017, but trains will still run from Bolton to Blackburn and Clitheroe during weekdays.

(Source: Network Rail)

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Germany: Deutsche Bahn continues to be partner of the German Olympic and Paralympic Teams

Deutsche Bahn AG, Schenker Deutschland AG, Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund (German Olympic Sports Confederation, DOSB) and Deutscher Behindertensportverband (National Paralympic Committee Germany, DBS) are joining forces for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang in 2018 and Tokyo in 2020. DB AG is the official partner for mobility and DB-subsidiary DB Schenker is the official partner for logistics.

The partnership was announced at the ICE depot in Frankfurt-Griesheim. Lisa Zimmermann, who competed in the Sochi Olympics in Freestyle Skiing, and Markus Rehm, track and field athlete and three-time gold medal winner at the Paralympic Games in London and Rio, were there for the announcement.

DB AG has supported DBS since 2002 and DB Schenker has been a co-partner of DOSB, which replaced the German National Olympic Committee (NOK), since the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. Both these partnerships are now being brought together and expanded within the Deutsche Bahn Group.

“The expansion of our partnership in German top class sports to support the German Olympic and Paralympic Teams highlights how seriously we take our corporate social responsibility,” says Dr. Bastian Grunberg, head of Brand Management and Content Steering at DB. “We are looking forward to supporting top German athletes as the official partner in mobility.”

“We are pleased that we will continue to supply complete logistics services to the delegations from DOSB and DBS along with the German houses at the next two Olympic Games in Asia,” says Dr. Niklas Wilmking, Head of Air Freight at Schenker Deutschland AG. “Our experienced team will support our athletes and associations with tailored logistics solutions on their way to the games.”

“DB Schenker is an experienced team that has already supported us in nine previous Olympic Games,” says Michael Vesper, CEO of DOSB. “We are very pleased that we can once again trust in DB Schenker’s experience and flexibility, which is absolutely necessary for major sporting events abroad. Over the next few months, we will work together closely to offer our German athletes the best conditions to be successful in Pyeongchang.”

“Disabled sports are a symbol of vitality and mobility,” says Friedhelm Julius Beucher, President of DBS. “With DB AG, we have a long-term partner on our side that not only supports top class sports, but also works to improve conditions for people with disabilities in Germany.”

The German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) is the umbrella organization for leading associations and state athletic associations, which has 27.5 million members in over 90,000 sports clubs. In addition, as the German National Olympic Committee (NOK), it is responsible vis-a-vis the IOC for sending the German team to the Olympic Games.

The National Paralympic Committee Germany (DBS) is the association within DOSB responsible for sports for people with disabilities. DBS is a member of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

(Source: DB)

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Germany: DB Arriva wins 1.6 billion-euro contract to run rail services in the Netherlands

Fresh success on European mainland
15-year contract awarded for “Northern Lines”
Includes cross-border services to Lower Saxony

(Berlin, 12 July 2017) DB Arriva will continue to operate regional rail services in the northern Netherlands for a further 15 years. Arriva (DB’s subsidiary for passenger services abroad) has won an open tender for Groningen and Friesland. The contract is worth 1.6 billion euros and includes cross-border services to Lower Saxony in Germany. DB Arriva has operated the “Northern Lines” since 2005, carrying approximately 11.7 million passengers yearly. The new contract runs from 2020 to 2035.

(Source: DB)

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Belarus: Transit potential of the Belarusian railway will be shown in China

Belintertrans-Transport and Logistics Centre of the Belarusian Railways (BTLC) and Belintertrans-Germany will be taking part in the 17th China International Transportation and Logistics Expo CITLE from 28 – 30 June. The exhibition will be held as part of the 13th China International Logistics Week in Chengdu.

The main task of participating in the expo for BTLC and Belintertrans-Germany is to attract additional cargoes. The specialists plan to discuss cargo traffic development with Chinese partners. The particular attention will be on advertising containerised cargo transportation.

Prospects about the Belarussian Railway services, technical and technological potential of the transportation capacities will also be presented at the exhibition.

The Belintertrans-Transport and Logistics Centre provides a full range of freight forwarding services. A representative office of Belintertrans-Germany was opened in Beijing. The main activity of the company is to extend cooperation with cargo owners, provide a full range of services from the development of optimal and efficient schemes to transportation accompanying.

(Source: BC)

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