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Renato Mazzoncini, UIC Chairman, highlights the 2018 priorities for UIC and its Members

In January 2017, UIC chose to implement the Quali’OP frame of reference designed for associations.

Today, UIC is certified “Quality of Service” by AFNOR, the French standardisation body and partner of ISO. This certification establishes 11 commitments, all summarized in the four strategic axes of UIC: represent the sector, promote its know-how, serve the Members, be efficient and transparent towards them.

These commitments now have to be fulfilled. This quality system must be acquired both by the UIC staff and by us, the Members. Certification audits will be renewed every year in the upcoming years in order to confirm this appropriation.

The next two years are essential for the success of this approach. The association and members must work together to retain the certification.

One of the new main pillars of UIC’s activities deals with Digitalisation and its challenges. Digital technology can be disruptive in all areas of the railways, interfacing with other modes. In 2017 we had the opportunity to exchange views on cloud usage and artificial intelligence for asset management as well as deal with Asset Digitalisation and Cybersecurity, a high-level priority for us, in order to take into account opportunities and threats linked to this revolution. The core work of the Digital Platform is to “share, open & connect” the rail sector to the digital eco-system, which must be further pursued in 2018.

Some of the issues where we have to progress next year and where is needed a further effort include:

  • The active development of relations with UITP as both associations share the same values in promoting public transport.
  • Relations with Transport Ministries all over the world.
  • Promotion of sustainable projects, hopefully making UIC a platform of PPPs for railway projects, developing green rail certificates.
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Reshaping railway standardisation

Standards are found in practically every area of our daily lives, but why are they so important to the railway sector?

The general benefits of standardisation are well known; they are very helpful in maintaining and indeed increasing levels of safety, rationalising system operations, guaranteeing a level of service quality, driving out risk, driving up efficiency and driving down cost.

A well-constructed business-led standardisation framework ensures that products, services and processes are appropriate for their intended use and user. It ensures that products and systems are compatible and interoperable. For the shared network, where various operators use the same infrastructure, standards are a key prerequisite for a safe and reliable operation.

All this is of course designed to facilitate the service to the customer in this intermodal world.

Taking into account all the points above and that rail is first and foremost a system, UIC has undertaken an internal review of the role that it performs in the design, construction and publication of cost effective standards for the railway sector.

This has led to the 200 members of UIC agreeing at the General Assembly held recently in Paris to the creation of a Standardisation Unit that will act as a ‘one stop shop’ for the development and publication of the IRSs that are now replacing the former leaflets. For more information, please watch this dedicated video produced by UIC to provide a fuller explanation about International Railway Solutions:

https://youtu.be/4StoVWvdtP4

Under the direction of Simon Fletcher and supported by Head of Standards Programming, Célia Levy, the team will comprise of a number of Programme Coordinators who will cross-functionally support the system technical work undertaken by the UIC’s Forums and Platforms across all the technical (engineering) and business (operational) disciplines.

This year the team will be focussing on accelerating the IRS production process, supporting the implementation of innovation deliverables and developing a number of joint initiatives with a range of partners within and outside the traditional railway sector.

For further information please contact Simon Fletcher, Coordinator Europe:
fletcher@uic.org

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The UIC European Region prepares for 2018

At its recent 25th meeting, the Regional Assembly Europe took stock of the developments of 2017 and considered the broad selection of topics that the railway operating community in Europe should be tackling in 2018 and beyond.

Leadership
Having sound leadership is important to drive forward an ambitious programme and part of the action taken at the meeting was to endorse the construction of the European Management Committee (EMC) for 2018 and 2019.

The EMC is the College of CEO and senior-level European members tasked with steering the work of the region for a two-year term. The College has members from all of Europe’s areas including, for the first time, LDz from Lithuania. With colleagues from north, south, east and west of the region, the EMC is able to dynamically enable a range of European activities under a geographically-comprehensive structure.

This meeting was also the last for Mr Bernard Guillelmon – Chairman BLS and Chair Europe – who successfully wrapped up his successful two-year term with a final speech that highlighted the ever-deeper cooperation between the members in the UIC framework and a call for continued optimisation of the work in a multimodal arena. He passed the baton to Mr Francisco Cardoso dos Reis – Director, International Affairs and Senior Advisor to the Board of Infraestruturas de Portugal (IP).

Following endorsement of his appointment at the subsequent General Assembly, Mr Cardoso dos Reis’s first action as regional chair was to present the region’s achievements in 2017 through some facts and figures around a clear and structured strategy and vision that are continuously evolving.

Innovating for the future
The UIC is the lead organisation for research activities amongst the railway operating community (ROC) and 2017 was an important year. The ROC had developed and published a set of priorities to help shape its vision for the railway system of tomorrow. Known as the “Capabilities” the 12 areas identified are designed to influence not only the current railway innovation programme but also to help populate the content of a second Shift2Rail JU that is anticipated within the EU’s Framework Programme 9 from 2021.

The ‘capabilities’ have been instrumental in the joint creation, with other rail stakeholders within the European Rail Research Advisory Council (ERRAC), of the ‘Rail 2050 Vision’. The document sets out the future capabilities needed from the railway sector and in particular the railway companies to meet the future mobility needs of Europe.

It provides a route to utilising the new technologies to achieve these capabilities and also advocates for greater public support for railway research and innovation in order to deliver a future railway system that is attractive to the customer.

A quality approach
During 2017, the region acted as the testing platform for the introduction of UIC’s Quality Management System. This was very successful and led to UIC receiving certification against ISO quality standards from the AFNOR certification body.

Standardisation a core focus
Standardisation is an important element in the development of rail transportation and one of the key missions of UIC. Following a recent review, an optimisation of the current structure has been put in place which will lead to much improved processes and an acceleration of the production of IRSs for the greater benefit of not only all UIC members in Europe and around the world but equally for the wider railway community.

Working with our partners
The continued smooth work with other stakeholder organisations in the region (amongst whom CER, EIM and UNIFE) continues to develop. This focusses principally on technical issues which are important for the sector vis-à-vis the agenda of the political institutions, highlighting the necessity of these synergies to deliver a supportive regulatory environment for the railway community.

Looking forward
A number of key areas need to be developed in 2018, not least amongst which, ensuring that the sector is properly resourced in order to deliver the significant innovation agenda. Opportunities exist with the Shift2Rail programme that is driving a major research and innovation programme and with whom the projects portfolio at UIC can work in synergy.

There is a need more than ever to harness all our efforts and to build the common basis needed to maximise developmental opportunities. The core topics of research, innovation and standardisation in a digital world are the ones that the European region is planning to focus on.

For further information please contact Axel Gougelet, Regional Development Assistant for Europe:

gougelet@uic.org

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Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking Funded IP3 Projects IN2SMART, IN2TRACK and S-CODE will hold their mid-term conference in Paris on 24 January 2018

This workshop will be the opportunity to promote the projects’ objectives, take stock of the achievements to date and look to future activities and discuss the expected potential improvements from the project results.

IP3 Innovations and ambitions Work in IP3 is organised around the following Technical Demonstrators (TDs) covering all R&I areas indicated in the Shift2Rail Master Plan: Enhanced Switch & Crossing System, Next-Generation Switch & Crossing System, Optimised Track System, Next Generation Track System, Proactive Bridge and Tunnel Assessment, Repair and Upgrade, Dynamic Railway Information Management System, Railway Integrated Measuring and Monitoring System, Intelligent Asset Management Strategies, Smart Power Supply, Smart Metering for Railway Distributed Energy Resource Management System and Future Stations. The 11 TDs are strongly interrelated and they are clustered together into Integrated Technology Demonstrators (ITDs).

The work in IN2SMART is part of TD3.6, TD3.7, TD3.8, IN2TRACK is linked to TD3.1, TD3.3, TD3.5 and S-CODE is covering TD3.2.

Main objectives of the three projects:

  • IN2SMART aims to contribute to the overall concept for Intelligent Asset Management. More information on the project at: https://shift2rail.org/projects/in2smart/
  • IN2TRACK aims to set the foundations for a resilient, consistent, cost-efficient, high capacity European network by delivering important building blocks that unlock the innovation potential. More information on the project at: https://shift2rail.org/projects/in2track/
  • S-CODE project aims to investigate, develop, validate and initially integrate radically new concepts for switches and crossings that have the potential to lead to increases in capacity, reliability and safety while reducing investment and operating costs. More information on the project at: http://www.s-code.info/

Ample time will be reserved for discussion and exchange with the project partners.
Online registration and useful information on the venue at: bit.ly/2muH3aS

Registration is mandatory and free of charge but only a limited number of participants can be welcomed on a first-come-first-served basis.

For further information about the conference please contact Christine Hassoun, Dissemination Coordinator of EU co-funded R&D projects:

hassoun@uic.org

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Save the date: UIC Global Rail Freight Conference to be held from 27 – 29 June 2018 in Genoa, Italy

After a series of successful editions in Delhi (2007), Saint-Petersburg (2010), Tangier (2012), Vienna (2014) and Rotterdam (2016), UIC, in cooperation with Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane S.p.A. (FS), will organise its 6th Edition of the Global Rail Freight Conference, from 27 – 29 June 2018 in Genoa, Italy.

GRFC is one of the leading and most prestigious events dedicated to rail freight and logistics at world level. The main theme of this year’s edition is “Modal Integration at the service of Global Distribution”.

Why Genoa? Because Genoa has historically been one of the most important ports on the Mediterranean Sea: it is currently the busiest in Italy and twelfth-busiest in the European Union. It is also one of the extremities of Rail Freight Corridor (RFC) 1 - Corridor Rhine-Alpine (Rotterdam – Genoa). Traditionally, Genoa also has an important role in the global maritime transport flows.

A host of prominent speakers representing the political and economic sectors, international institutions, and all actors of the logistics chain, among them railways, ports and shipping lines, multi-modal operators, business and trade, will hold round table discussions and sessions on key themes such as mega trends, mental shift to foster modal shift, transcontinental corridors – including Euro-Asian corridors and the New Silk Roads – or innovation to boost productivity.

A series of events will also provide a unique opportunity for networking and promotional activities as a professional exhibition will run in parallel.

More information will soon be available on the dedicated website www.uicgrfc.org

For further information concerning organisational aspects of the conference please contact Mrs Gaëlle Quentin, Project Manager GRFC 2018:

grfc@uic.org

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Invitation to the UIC Workshop on Crisis Communication and Social Media, to be held from 13 – 14 February 2017 in Paris

Crisis Management (CM) is one of the core issues of the security organisation. Following the daily news, we unfortunately regularly see the importance of an efficient and workable CM-Structure. In April 2017, the UIC Security Division published the first recommendation guide for crisis management (https://uic.org/IMG/pdf/crisis_management_report.pdf). “Crisis Management & Resilience” is the overarching topic for 2018, as was announced during the 13th UIC World Security Congress in Potsdam.

We are delighted to invite you to the Workshop “Crisis Communication and Social Media”, which will take place from 13 – 14 February at UIC HQ in Paris. The main focus will be the use of different communication channels and best practices for the internal and external communication during crisis situations. Another focus will be the use of social media and the related problems (e.g. false information).

Agenda:
The event will be organised around four technical sessions:

  • Communication concepts from railway companies
  • Communication concepts from third parties (other CI operators / sectors, first responders, authorities, etc.)
  • Crisis communication – research results and perspectives
  • Communication guidelines workshop (held by the University of Sheffield)

Target group:
This workshop is aimed at colleagues who are dealing with crisis management, first responders and blue light organizations, critical infrastructure operators as well as researchers, journalists and communication experts.

Registration:
More information about the event as well as the registration form are available at the following link: https://events.uic.org/workshop-on-crisis-communication-and-social-media.
The participation is free of charge, but the number of places is limited. Registration is therefore on a “first come first served” basis.

For more information about this event or any further questions, please contact Grigore Havarneanu:

havarneanu@uic.org

Or Kathrin Faber:

faber@uic.org

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Energy Efficiency Time Tabling Workshop to be held on 20 February 2018 in Brussels

The UIC Energy Efficiency and CO2 Emissions Expert Network is happy to invite you to take part in the workshop “Energy efficient time table planning” that will be held in Brussels on 20 February 2017 at Infrabel, near Brussels-Midi station.

Background

Eco-driving, eco-stabling and measuring energy consumption and savings have been at the core of our discussions and workshops over the past years.
At the earliest stage of the train production is the potential for energy savings: the timetabling step.

An efficient timetable is indeed regarded as a timetable without conflicts and with some spare time, which in real operation can be used to return to a punctual running of trains.

By avoiding conflicts and stops, the robustness of the timetable also has a significant impact on the energy consumption of the global system, as spare time can be used by Driving Advisory Systems or Automatic Train Operation to reduce energy consumption and energy costs.

The goal of this workshop is thus a first attempt to break new ground with a view to achieve greater energy efficiency by means of optimised timetabling.
If the participants confirm their interest in digging deeper into the topic, other meetings can then be organised in the future.

Workshop highlights

  • Experience from other transport modes, e.g. aviation (Ralph Luijt, NS);
  • Presentation of specific software and IT systems
  • TTG Timetabling solution (speaker tbc)
  • Applications to verify the robustness of time tables: the case of Infrabel, Frédéric Weymann, Viacom)
  • Round table confronting the experiences from Railway Undertakings and Infrastructure Managers; (Alwin Meijerink, ProRail; Gerben Scheepmaker NS; Eric Vercauteren, Infrabel; RZD, speaker tbc);
  • Beyond the state-of-the art
  • Open discussion

To register for the workshop and get practical information, please click here:

https://events.uic.org/energy-efficient-time-tabling-workshop-20-february-2018-brussels

For further information please contact Isabelle De Keyzer, Senior Advisor - Environment and Sustainable Development:

dekeyzer@uic.org

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UIC promotes the rail sector’s contribution for the first time at Las Vegas CES (Consumer Electronics Show)

The theme this year was “The Future – How we Govern and Live”

More than 250,000 participants from around the world visited CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas over the course of three days. Transport has been part of CES for several editions. However for the very first time, the rail sector, represented by UIC, was present at the kind invitation of the Presidents of CES and CES Government, respectively Mr Gary Shapiro, President and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,200 consumer technology companies and which owns and produces CES® – The Global Stage for Innovation, as well as Mr Donald Upson, Co-founder of CES Government.

UIC’s contributions

Through the multiple panels, discussions, presentations and keynote speeches UIC was able to reinforce the role of Rail as a backbone of this new approach to modal integration, in particular, the outcome of our “Next Station” conference in Madrid highlighting the intelligent management of the interfaces in smart stations.

The objective of building a sustainable, integrated, connected chain of mobility is highly welcome and the role of rail, both for Passenger and Freight, is understood to be a priority for future investments.

This requires an acceleration in innovation and a better partnership with the Digital ecosystem to boost new innovative projects.

A strong focus was placed on new algorithms such as the technology of blockchain that aims not only at creating crypto currency or ICOs but also bringing an added value in traceability and transparency in integrated mobility chains.

At the UIC Global Rail Freight Conference of Genoa at the end of June, UIC will invite startups to demonstrate the added-value of blockchains in large international freight corridors

UIC’s participation and messages at CES 2018, CES Government and EUROTECH WEEK have clearly demonstrated that Rail is a strategic sector in this complementary process.

UIC has taken this opportunity to invite the US Secretary of State for Transportation to our forthcoming North American Regional Assembly that will take place in Washington in early June and the President of CES Government, Don UPSON, to our Highspeed World Conference in Ankara in early May.
The latter has already accepted our invitation.

These major messages supported by EUROTECH, CES + CESG have been most warmly welcome and Don UPSON, CES G Chairman, has accepted UIC’s invitation to participate as Honour Guest in the Highspeed Conference in Ankara. It will be another opportunity to support and reinforce this integrated vision.

  • You can watch a video on UIC digital activities, and “Share-open-connect”, the motto of the UIC Digital Platform: https://youtu.be/2Dsj7Ek5DFo
  • Further information about UIC Digital Activities is available here: https://uic.org/digital
  • An Updated version of our UIC Digital Progress Paper will be available soon. The latest version is available here:

https://uic.org/IMG/pdf/uic_digital_progress_paper_v4.pdf

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

bedel@uic.org

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Ceremony to launch commercial operations of the new Djibouti-Addis Ababa railway line held on 11 January 2018 in Nagad, Djibouti

Jointly presided by Mr Mohamed Abdoulkader Moussa, Djibouti’s Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, and his Ethiopian counterpart Mr Ahmed Shide, Minister of Transport, the ceremony to launch commercial railway operations on the Djibouti-Addis Ababa corridor was held in Djibouti, at the new railway station of Nagad.

An important milestone has been achieved: passing from the project stage to the operational stage of the new railway line – an event eagerly awaited and looked forward to by the people at both ends. After a decade, trains can once again travel on the line. A major step has just been completed with the introduction of a modern electric train on the Djibouti-Addis Ababa corridor, with considerable advantages in the area of long-distance freight travel, both on a large scale and at a lesser cost, with greatly reduced journey times compared to road transport.

The work, which began four years back, was completed three months ago on the stretch between Djibouti and Addis Ababa. The railway once again plays an important economic role by adopting an appropriate strategy and a management policy focused on effective goals. Moreover, the Djibouti line remains the main supply route for Ethiopia. An estimated 13 million tonnes of supplies is imported into Ethiopia. According to available studies, this figure is set to double in the next 20 years. Despite the limitations of this line (capacity, accidents, saturation, congestion and pollution), efforts have been made in this commercial arrangement to ensure that there is complementarity between road and rail.

The operational phase which has just been inaugurated in Djibouti was preceded by a series of train tests which were performed between 2 October and 31 December 2017. During this trial period, the infrastructure, superstructure and rolling stock were tested in real operating conditions. The electric trains were operated at various line speeds and in different test situations (static and dynamic). The certification for the evaluation of rail security was presented (railway operating certificate) by a third party firm commissioned by the governments. In terms of capacity, the new line is estimated to carry four million tonnes of freight and two million passengers per year.
It is important to reiterate that temporary tariffs for passengers and freight adopted by the two governments are very competitive compared to road transport (an import rate of 0.051 USD per tonne kilometre and an export rate of 0.030 USD per tonne kilometre).

In addition, the two governments have entrusted the operation of the line to a Chinese group for a period of six years. A joint-venture company known as Ethio-Djibouti Railway (EDR) has been created, with shareholdings divided between Ethiopia (75%) and Djibouti (25%). The main role of this company is to monitor and manage the company, which will be in charge of the operations and be replaced in the longer term. The senior management is headquartered in Addis Ababa, with the main branch located in Djibouti.

(Source: Djibouti Railways SDCF)

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Germany: DB Schenker reduces greenhouse gas intensity by at least 40 percent by 2030 with CO2-neutral growth

Moving away from fossil fuels will be the greatest challenge

DB Schenker will reduce its specific greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% relative to its 2006 figures. Thanks to this pledge, the logistics company will play a key role in the DB Group’s mission to reach its new climate targets, which entail the specific reduction of greenhouse gases by at least 50% in the same time period. At present, DB Schenker is the source of almost two-thirds of the Group’s total emission figures. By delivering reductions in its sector, the logistics service provider will make a commensurate contribution to the Group’s overall goals.

“Moving away from fossil fuels will be the greatest challenge. Following the example of rail services and their ever-growing sourcing of green energy, road haulage now has to make the energy transition – and is successfully at that. Air and ocean freight need to explore new technologies. We monitor their development and will support their introduction with our possibilities”, says Andrea Dorothea Schön, who heads up DB Schenker’s climate protection program. “What we need here is full coordination between all the actors in the supply chain and the world of politics.”

At the start of 2017, DB Schenker pledged that its growth in the coming decade would be CO2 neutral. As a result, it increased its specific annual goals for overland and air freight by up to 3% per annum from 2020 onwards. Additional reductions are planned for ocean freight as well, despite the fact that a specific reduction of 62% has been achieved already since 2006. “Given the massive continued expansion expected for international container shipping, we are also committed to CO2-neutral growth in this sector,” says Andrea Schön.

Some 95% of CO2 emissions at DB Schenker are due to service providers, which comprise approximately 40,000 companies around the world. DB’s logistics subsidiary uses its national branches to help contract partners by researching new technology, pilot projects, and providing help with accessing support programs.

DB Schenker inaugurated 2018 by its switching distribution activities in Paris to electrically powered vehicles. “Our scheme in Paris makes us one of the first companies to make a clear commitment to CO2-free transportation,” says Tariel Chamerois, sustainability manager at DB Schenker in France and Vice President of European logistics association CLECAT. Similarly, DB Schenker already runs some 800 vehicles in Sweden on sustainably produced biofuels – this way, the company has replaced close to one-third of its diesel consumption with a renewable energy source.

(Source: DB Schenker)

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United States: U.S. Department of Transportation announces intent to repeal Electronically Controlled Pneumatic Brake Mandate

In accordance with the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act (Public Law 114-94), the U.S. Department of Transportation today announced the final updated Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA) in regard to Electronically Controlled Pneumatic (ECP) brakes on certain trains. After careful review in accordance with the Congressional mandate contained in the FAST Act, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) will rescind the ECP mandate.

This determination was made with congressionally-mandated input from the National Academy of Sciences’ Transportation Research Board, U.S. General Accountability Office (GAO) and studies by the FRA, which found that the cost-benefit analyses are not sufficient justification for mandating ECP brakes.

The National Academy of Sciences determined it was unable to make a conclusive statement regarding the emergency performance of ECP brakes relative to other braking systems. In addition, the updated RIA incorporated recommendations from audits conducted by the U.S. General Accountability Office and updated costs and benefits of the ECP brake provision based on current economic conditions. This review demonstrated that the costs of this mandate would exceed three-fold the benefits it would produce.

(Source: US DoT)

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Sweden: Climate-smart deliveries of Italian wine with Green Cargo

Every year, via its Italy Direct route, Green Cargo transports around 200 large wagons of wine from Italy and 300 smaller wagons of wine from Malmö to Stockholm in collaboration with Scanlog, Scandinavian Logistics Partners AB.

“Over the last few years, we have seen increased interest in more sustainable freight solutions. It’s very pleasing that, thanks to the collaboration with Green Cargo, we now have further opportunities to offer Swedish importers an environmentally and economically very attractive, door-to-door alternative from Europe, where we use a smart combination of trucks and trains,” said Martin Ytander, Director of Rail and Road Freight Solutions at Scanlog.

The agreement covering the smaller wagons started in September. These are wines that come in bulk from Europe and other parts of the world, and are tapped in Denmark. Green Cargo is responsible for transportation between Malmö and Stockholm. Preliminary transportation, terminal services, and customs management are handled by Scanlog.

“We have had a long and close collaboration with Scanlog, and once again we are together creating environmentally friendly and efficient freight transportation by filling up round-trip trains between Sweden and Europe. We see important, major advantages in collaborating with logistics companies that have good knowledge of the food and beverage industries’ logistics needs,” says Björn Thunqvist, Strategic Sales Executive at Green Cargo.

The agreement regarding the 200 large wagons on Green Cargo’s Italy Direct route began in November. Green Cargo delivers not only climate smart, but also competitive transportation solutions direct to Scanlog’s warehouses outside Stockholm.

“As regards beverages, rail solutions are tremendously good in several respects, in addition to the environmental ones. We provide our customers safe transportation with good loading capacity and frequency, both on our Italy Direct route and in our domestic network, which consists of nearly 300 destinations. Everything has been working in a very satisfactory manner,” said Björn Thunqvist.

Scanlog (Scandinavian Logistics Partners AB) is a fully independent Swedish logistics company focused on international and global transport solutions using all transport modes: air, sea, road, and rail. In partnership with its customers, suppliers, and employees, Scanlog delivers logistics solutions characterised by greater commitment, responsibility and reliability. Scanlog has some 40 employees in four offices in Sweden; its annual sales are approximately SEK 350 million, and it recently received the 2017 Gazelle Company award from the Swedish newspaper Dagens Industri.

(Source: Green Cargo)

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Czech Railways has opened a new hall for repair and maintenance of rolling stock in Rakovník

The two-track hall for repairs and maintenance of motor units, diesel locomotives and other passenger rail vehicles opened on 15 January in Rakovník, as part of Czech Railways. The construction of the Swietelsky Building was built for 57 million crowns, including a warehouse and staffing facility. The construction lasted from February to December 2017. A three-month trial runs in the hall.

"The original repair rooms originally built for the maintenance of steam traction have already failed to meet the current maintenance requirements of new motor traction vehicles. Whether it is a length that did not allow the repair of a complete unit or in some cases even equipment. With its complexity, the new facility has greatly improved the conditions for repairs and provides our employees with a modern work environment. Thanks to this, we expect acceleration of repairs, increasing their quality and reliability, which will positively influence the timetable or deployment of the planned kits,” said Miroslav Kupec, a member of the Czech Railways Board of Directors, responsible for the engineering, service and property segment. "Today in Rakovnik there are 49 units of Regionova, almost a quarter of all these two sets, which we are dealing mainly in Central Bohemia and the Ústí nad Labem region. Improvement of service will be recorded by a large number of passengers from Prague to Chomutov and Most,” added Miroslav Kupec.

"The hall is one complex fully equipped workplace for the repair of motor units and separate vehicles. It measures 70 metres, allowing for simultaneous maintenance of the four engine units of Region. This will greatly reduce the time and financial demands for unpacking, maintenance, shifting and transporting units to other locations,” said Miroslav Mrázek, the construction manager of the Swietelsky Building West Building.

For example, a two-wheeled hall, equipped with, for example, a sliding bridge, a bridge crane with a load capacity of five tonnes, a pillar channel or a lifting gear, is also a workshop for repairing vehicle components, sanitary facilities, staffing facilities and spare parts warehouse. The usable area of the building is 1,016 m2 and workshops and facilities are 207 m2. The hall was built in the eastern part of the operational unit of Rakovník (locomotive depot) Depa of railway vehicles in Plzeň.

The site where the fuel storage was located was used for the construction. After its relocation, a new building with a total built-up area of 1 286 m2 was built. The hall is connected to the hall via the existing track of the locomotive depot to the railway station in Rakovník railway station.

(Source: Czech Railways)

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Kazakhstan: About 200 “Tulpar-Talgo” passenger cars of the new modification are operated on the Kazakhstan railway

Sixteen trains of high-speed passenger cars produced by the Tulpar-Talgo plant are used on the network of railways of JSC NC KTZ.

The enterprise, built according to the state programme of industrial and innovative development, ensures the renewal of the park of passenger cars of JSC NC KTZ.
In 2016, Kazakhstani manufacturers began to develop the production of new passenger cars. These cars have a body width of 3.2 meters, which increases the interior space of the coupe and transitions, the cabin in the dining car and the cafeteria car. In 2017, the “Tulpar-Talgo” cars were certified for compliance with the EEU technical regulations.

"We closed one contract, which issued 436 wagons - from 2012 to 2015. Since 2016, we have a new contract, according to which we plan to produce 603 wagons with a wide body up to 2023. To date, 178 of them have already been produced, "said Vladimir Kiselev, Production Director of Tulpar-Talgo LLP.
“The use of modern technologies in the production of cars of the Talgo class allows line speeds of up to 200 km/h, which reduces the time for the train to almost double. This contributes to the successful implementation of the program for the development of high-speed passenger traffic in Kazakhstan,” said Vladimir Kiselev.
Currently, all major cities of Kazakhstan are connected by a network of high-speed passenger routes.

The enterprise “Tulpar-Talgo” is one of the leaders of railway engineering in Kazakhstan. It employs more than 200 employees, and with full production capacity it is planned to increase the number of jobs to 360. Specialists are trained at the plants of the Spanish company Patentes Talgo S.L.

According to the agreements between JSC NC KTZ and Patentes Talgo S.L. there is a phased transfer of technologies.

(Source: KTZ)

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Next meetings scheduled

  • 3-6 September 2018 UIC Transformation Digital Tour China
  • 7 September 2018 Digital workshop on AI Shanghai, China
  • 12 September 2018 European Management committee Assistants Paris
  • 18 September 2018 CYRail Final Conference Paris, UIC HQ
  • 20 September 2018 Fourth Networking & Collaborative TALENT event Berlin, Germany
  • 25-27 September 2018 UIC PoSE Meeting Lisbon (PT)
  • 26-29 September 2018 UIMC scientific congress 2018 LUXEMBOURG
  • 2 October 2018 RSF Steering Board Paris, UIC HQ
  • 9 October 2018 20 Plenary ELCF - ILCAD 2018 debriefing meeting FFE Madrid
  • 10-11 October 2018 SAFER-LC Mid term conference Madrid
  • 16-19 October 2018 14th UIC World Security Congress: Crisis management and resilience BLED, SLOVENIA
  • 18-19 October 2018 RSF Plenary Paris, UIC HQ
  • 24-25 October 2018 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting Prague, CZ (SZDC)
  • 29-30 October 2018 Talent and Expertise Development Platform Riga, Latvia
  • 6 November 2018 Passenger Services Group UIC HQ Paris
  • 6 November 2018 Standardisation event Paris UIC HQ
  • 7 November 2018 European Management committee Assistants Paris
  • 7 November 2018 European Group of Assistants Paris
  • 8 November 2018 Freight Forum UIC HQ Paris
  • 8 November 2018 Preparatory Group 93rd General Assembly Paris
  • 14 November 2018 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 15 November 2018 Safety Platform Plenary meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 15-16 November 2018 Global Debate on Mobility Challenges for the Future Society Warsaw, Poland
  • 22-23 November 2018 RSF Steering Board Paris, UIC HQ
  • 22 November 2018 Statistics Plenary Meeting UIC-Paris

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