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UIC participates in high-level events linked to the Latin-American region

During the week commencing 22 January, two high-level events linked to the UIC Latin American region enabled UIC to foster numerous contacts and to promote rail transport in this region.

Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, spoke at a reception attended by representatives (ambassadors and economic advisors) of Latin American countries in France.

More specifically, Mr Loubinoux, in his capacity as Director General of UIC, as well as President of the business club France-Argentina, had the privilege of co-chairing a conference in honour of President of Argentina Mr Mauricio Macri’s visit to Paris.
On this occasion, where a number of business sectors were represented – including transport – President Macri outlined the main reforms currently taking place in Argentina in different areas.

More specifically, he mentioned the Belgrano Plan, which calls for significant development in infrastructure across the country – all modes included. Regarding the railways, there are plans for intra-city projects for the city of Buenos Aires and inter-city projects for new corridors linking the country’s key ports.

This occasion was also the opportunity to discuss plans for an event to be held in Argentina in the third week of the month of September.

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UIC participates in V4+ Rail CEO Summit on 31 January and 1 February in Budapest

Within the framework of the Hungarian Presidency of the Visegrad Group, a special event was held on 31 January and 1 February by Hungrail, entitled V4+ Rail CEO Summit.

This event aims to build successful rail cooperation and exchange of experience among many of the participating CEOs of railway carriers, infrastructure companies and members of the different governments who are responsible for transport in these V4 countries and in Central and Eastern Europe.

On this occasion, UIC, represented by its Director General Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, was invited to deliver a keynote speech on the major trends of mobility in this new 21st century context, and the digital impact on the railway business with a specific focus on rail freight development.

Mr Loubinoux’s opening remarks highlighted the change in philosophy from transport to accessibility, the concern regarding saturation and congestion of increasingly larger cities requiring a new approach in the form of “smart cities”, and the main course of direction promoted by UIC towards a sustainable, integrated, international and connected chain of mobility with railway as the backbone of a new strategy of sustainable development.

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RailTopoModel takes a new turn in 2018

From 24 – 26 January, European stakeholders of three major projects for railway digitalisation met in Beijing to seal a joint plan for a consistent and complementary offer to the business.

Recognising the structuring benefits of RailTopoModel, UIC Member Companies have decided and funded several follow-up projects, in order to use RTM as a foundation for Building Information Modelling (BIM) in Railway infrastructure.

For that purpose, UIC and its members have joined forces with buildingSMART international (bSI). In such way, the infrastructure “building blocks” provided by bSI’s Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) and the high-level model provided by RailTopoModel will be linked and will enrich each other. Moreover, given the paramount importance of railway signalling with respect to railway system safety and economic efficiency, this cooperation fully involves the EULYNX project. This three-part collaboration will aim, at first, to build one common Rail Data Dictionary relating to all domains of railway infrastructure (track, signalling, energy, and telecom). This is to define a consistent representation of the railway system, to be used by each project for its own use cases.

On that base, RTM members will contribute to the construction and enrichment of the Rail Data Dictionary, in view of supporting their own objectives in asset management or operation and simulation.

Join the conference!

The 9th RailTopoModel conference will take place in Paris, on 29 March 2018 at UIC. Participation is free.

Register here: https://events.uic.org/9th-railtopomodel-conference
RTM conference complements two other events about digitalisation in the domain of infrastructure and railway, also taking place the same week in Paris:

This 9th conference will be the opportunity to present the recent deliveries, ongoing works, next steps for BIM, GIS and Simulation, the extension to the complete railway system including rolling stock, and the joint roadmap with bSI and Eulynx.

Speakers from railways, software developers, and universities will share their experience in developing or using RTM as one ingredient towards the creation of a “digital twin” to the railway system, with applications ranging from asset management to safety verification, or support to operations.

Proposals for presentation of such developments based on RTM are welcome
A registration web page will provide the detailed agenda from mid-February. In the meantime, feel free to consult http://rtm.uic.org for updates on this event.

What is RailTopoModel?

RailTopoModel (abbr.: RTM) is a logical object model to standardise the digital representation of railway infrastructure-related data. It is the result of three years of cooperation between European Infrastructure Managers, and was first released by UIC in 2016 as a free, open industry standard (IRS30100).

Quick reference

Conference registration
https://events.uic.org/9th-railtopomodel-conference
RailTopoModel latest release
https://uic.org/railtopomodel
RTM documentation
http://rtm.uic.org (updated)
http://www.railtopomodel.org/en/ (not updated)
http://wiki.railtopomodel.org/
Building Smart International
https://www.buildingsmart.org/
IFC Rail https://www.buildingsmart.org/standards/standards-tools-services/
EULYNX project
https://eulynx.eu/

For further information please contact Airy Magnien, UIC Project Manager:

magnien@uic.org

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Digital panel session to be organised during the World Highspeed Conference in Ankara, Turkey

The UIC Digital Platform is designing all its activities according the three well-known founding principles:

SHARE – OPEN – CONNECT

For the very first time, a digital panel session will be held during the World Highspeed Conference, organised with UIC and Turkish Railways (TCDD) from 8 – 11 May in Ankara.

It will be a great opportunity to share, open and connect.

We have to invent the railways of the future in order to better respond to the demand of the mobility.

Mobility is the combination of different transport modes that, at the end of the day, propose a door-to-door solution to customers.

Rail, and obviously Highspeed are part of the mobility chain.

The Digital Panel of the 10th Worldwide Highspeed Conference will be an opportunity to open up to the digital ecosystem, to connect with those who will develop the railways of the future, start-upers and students.

We will help to connect to them in order to reach a better understanding and an enhanced cooperation with start-ups and universities.

A dedicated Highspeed Digital Awards will be organised for this occasion.

It will a unique opportunity to welcome major actors of the worldwide digital sphere.
Don UPSON, CES Government Co-Founder and Co-Chair will join us to deliver a keynote speech during the conference. He will share his vision on how digital can help rail to face the mobility challenge.

The UIC Digital Platform aims at supporting its Members with digital developments and innovations.

The very first development referred to a technical device to detect shunting defaults: “shunting booster” Proof Of Concept. This POC was designed by Digital Platform and Rail System Department. This most successful initiative has gone past the POC level since it is being tested in a production environment by some of our Members.
DIGIM project (DIGital Impacts on Business processes) is also dedicated to the design and implementation of concrete Proofs Of Concept (POC).

One of the major ones is the design of a digital project to assist blind travellers in rail stations. Two versions of this POC will be implemented in two different locations: one in Canada (Ottawa VIARAIL station) and the second one in Russia (the station is to be selected by RZD).

This initiative focuses on increasing autonomy and safety for blind people. This initiative is just one example among many others being managed by the UIC Digital Platform for the benefit of our Members.

Since then, many other developments are being managed to better respond to the digital demands and needs of UIC Members.

Please visit the dedicated congress website: http://www.uic-highspeed2018.com/

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

bedel@uic.org

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UIC hosts the Shift2Rail JU Funded IP3 Projects IN2SMART, IN2TRACK and S-CODE Joint Mid-Term Conference in Paris

“Cost-efficient and reliable high-capacity infrastructure”

The joint Mid-Term Conference of IN2SMART, IN2TRACK and S-CODE, three Shift2Rail JU co-funded projects working within Innovation Programme 3 of the Multi Annual Action Plan, was held on 24 January 2018 at UIC in Paris.

Attended by more than 110 participants from 22 countries across the European railway community and beyond, the IN2SMART, IN2TRACK and S-CODE Joint Mid-Term Conference was the opportunity to share the initial results and plans of the three projects to ensure continued continuity and collaboration within the work of IP3, and to communicate Shift2Rail’s ambition for the IP3 Technical Demonstrators. IN2SMART is coordinated by Ansaldo STS, IN2TRACK is coordinated by Trafikverket and the coordinator of S-CODE is the University of Birmingham.

The conference was opened with introductory speeches by Professor Clive Roberts, Director of the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education at the University of Birmingham and Mr Giorgio Travaini, Head of Research & Innovation a.i. at the Shift2Rail JU.

Mr Travaini introduced the Shift2Rail Multi Annual Action Plan (MAAP), which is a collaborative long-term investment planning document, which provides the Shift2Rail vision and capabilities.

Mr Travaini explained how IN2SMART, IN2TRACK and S-CODE each contribute to the achievement of the Shift2Rail Master Plan and the MAAP objectives. He also stressed the importance of cooperation between the projects and ongoing collaboration to ensure that there is no duplication of work in current and future research and innovation projects. Events such as the Mid-Term conference held at UIC enable sharing of information between projects and with the wider railway community and enhance collaborative working, ensuring complementarity and coherence between the projects.

Featuring a broad range of activities within the IP3 Technical Demonstrators, the joint conference presented an excellent opportunity to present the results of the technical projects:

  • IN2SMART: Intelligent Innovative Smart Maintenance of Assets by Integrated Technologies
  • IN2TRACK: Cost-Efficient and Reliable High-Capacity Infrastructure
  • S-CODE: Switch and Crossing Optimal Design and Evaluation

The conference highlights, can be summarised as follows:

IN2SMART

IN2SMART represents the first proposal of the Shift2Rail members referred, according to MAAP, to the following Technology Demonstrators (TDs): TD3.7 Railway Information Measuring and Monitoring System (RIMMS), TD3.6 Dynamic Railway Information Management System (DRIMS) and TD3.8 Intelligent Asset Management Strategies (IAMS). These TDs will deploy an overall concept for Intelligent Asset Management based on the following three main interlinked layers:
Measuring and Monitoring systems to collect data from the field related to the railway assets status: IN2SMART will develop unmanned systems for “remote” monitoring; track geometry, switches & crossings and signalling monitoring systems; innovative measurement of train parameters and wheel defects combined with rolling stock identifications systems.

Data management, data mining and data analytics procedures to process data from the field and from other sources: IN2SMART will develop standard open interfaces to access heterogeneous maintenance-related data; analytic tools to automatic detect anomalies, discover and describe maintenance workflow processes and predict railway assets decay towards prescriptive maintenance.

Degradation models and decision-making tools to support maintenance strategies and execution: IN2SMART will lay the foundation of a generic framework for asset management and decision support process. This framework will specify the scope, objectives, workflow and outcomes of the decision-making process for maintenance interventions planning, and will be the enabler for the development of future decision support tools and systems. IN2SMART will also develop an optimised tamping tool and a robot platform for maintenance works.

IN2TRACK

This project is working to develop new methods and techniques to optimise the track systems, improve the operational performance of existing switches and crossings and extend the life of bridges and tunnels, researching new methods for maintaining and upgrading these structures. This project focuses on developing new, more accurate methods for inspection and assessment of structures. IN2TRACK is developing new techniques for repair and upgrade to reduce traffic disruption, and the project is working on methods to reduce noise and vibration. The project focuses on developing safer methods of assessment for tunnels and bridges that include the use of embedded sensors for self-diagnostics and condition monitoring.

  • Early results were presented. These included the ability to create test specimens with a microstructure very similar to the severely deformed surface layer of an operational rail, an investigation of grinding induced rail damage, evaluation of requirements for bituminous layers in the track substructure, evaluation of operational damage on bainitic rails, and a first investigation of an innovative method to demolish slab for repairs.

S-CODE

  • The overall aim of the S-CODE project is 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.
  • S-CODE is working to identify radically different technology concepts that can be integrated together to achieve significantly improved performance for S&C based around new operating concepts, such as super-fast switching and a self-healing switch.
  • The work programme for S-CODE is divided into three phases:
    Phase 1: Requirements and initial design
    Phase 2: Technical development
    Phase 3: Demonstration and evaluation
  • Phase 1 of the project comprised best practice assessment, requirements elicitation, horizon scanning, architecture development and high level design. This work produced high level concepts that are now being further developed into technology designs in Phase 2. In Phase 3 of the project, which begins in August 2018, the most promising design concepts from Phase 2 will be taken forward for validation. The validation process will enable evaluation and assessment to be undertaken, either by modelling or in a laboratory, and final solutions to be integrated.
  • Phase 2 of the project, which is the current phase, is focused on the detailed technical design of the three main subsystems (control, design, kinematic actuation). The overall aim of this current phase of work is to develop fault tolerant, low-LCC, low-carbon, low-maintenance turnout components and subsystems, through the use of novel materials, processes, electronics, signal processing and mechatronic design concepts as identified in Phase 1. A number of different design concepts are being developed for each subsystem, with the most promising designs being taken forward for detailed development in the second phase of work in TD3.2.

The conference was concluded with a round table discussion, led by Professor Clive Roberts (University of Birmingham), and which was composed of: Mr Federico Papa (Ansaldo STS), Mr Carlo Crovetto (Ansaldo STS), Mr Sam Berggren (Trafikverket) and Mr Andy Doherty (Network Rail) representing the projects, as well as Mr Giorgio Travaini, representing the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking and Mr Simon Fletcher, representing UIC.

The round table served to reflect on the results achieved to date in the projects, to debate potential areas of research focus in the second phase of the projects and also to discuss how the projects will move forward in future collaborative research activities, within the framework of Shift2Rail.

In conclusion, the Shift2Rail JU Funded IP3 Projects IN2SMART, IN2TRACK and S-CODE Joint Mid-Term Conference was an opportunity to share details of the research focus in the projects, to ensure a collaborative approach is adopted and to focus on the potential to use the results achieved in future research work.

All of the presentations made during the conference are now available on the UIC website: http://bit.ly/2rGfXm7

For further information please contact Christine Hassoun: hassoun@uic.org

IN2SMART: Carlo Crovetto, Ansaldo, carlo.crovetto@ansaldo-sts.com

IN2TRACK: Sam Berggren, Trafikverket, sam.berggren@trafikverket.se

S-CODE: Katherine Slater, University of Birmingham, k.slater@bham.ac.uk

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ERA & OSJD & UIC experts attended the ERA/OSJD Contact Group meeting held on 30 January – 1 February 2018 in Warsaw

On behalf of Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director general, UIC delegation expressed assurance that the strategic visions of the organisations would be shared and coordinated within the domains of standardisation and certification.

The meeting adopted the following agenda:

  • Analysis of the parameters of the subsystem “Telematic applications for passenger service (TAP)”
  • Analysis of the parameters of the subsystem “Noise”
  • Exchange of practical experience for the purpose of coordinating measures to preserve and improve existing technical and operational compatibility at the CIS-EU border

During the meeting, the participants reviewed the new draft of the document consolidated by ERA “Analysis of the basic parameters for maintaining the technical and operational compatibility of the 1520 mm and 1435 mm gauge rail systems at the [Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) – European Union (EU)] border. Subsystem: Telematics Applications for Passenger Service (TAP)" and agreed on a number of additions to the 9th version of the document. The meeting invited Russian experts to provide 1520 TAP technical information and to add it to the analysis of the subsystem.

Experts agreed with ERA’s proposal to extend the scope of the analysis to the list of open points to be closed within the next version of TAP TSI and to include these issues in the new Memorandum of Understanding between ERA and OSJD for a further five-year period.

The meeting decided to address the joint leaflet OSJD O 915 / UIC Code 915 as an input to be analysed during further discussions on the TAP subsystem.

When discussing the topic "Analysis of the parameters of the Noise subsystem”, the meeting agreed on a number of additions to the second version of the document presented by ERA. Experts drew attention to the existing OSJD leaflets linked to the noise parameters:

  • P 004 “Recommendations for the assessment of the impact of railway noise on the environment” dated 2001;
  • O + Р 652/3 “Recommendations on methods of noise measurement of railway rolling stock” dated 2008;
  • O + Р 652/4 “Recommendations on noise exposure limit for railway rolling stock” dated 2013

During the discussion, Russian experts provided the link http://nd.gostinfo.ru as the main source regarding the status of 1520 standardisation documents to be available for public access.

Technical Regulation & Standardisation

In accordance with the meeting agenda, experts exchanged on practical experience with a view to coordination measures aimed to preserve and improve existing technical and operational compatibility at the CIS-EU border.
Mr Vytautas Kinderis, UIC Coordinator for Standardisation and East-West Relations, presented the UIC IRS concept and invited the meeting’s participants to the discussion on "Implementation of 1520 standards into the tools of international certification”.

The ERA representative informed the meeting about the agreement between leaderships of the European Commission and the UIC which led to the decision of the UIC General Assembly on 6 July 2016 to henceforth use the term “International Railway Solutions” instead of “International Railway Standards” ("International Railway Standardised Technical Solutions"). According to the ERA representative, the EU legislation does not consider UIC, at this stage, as the recognised standardisation body in spite of generally accepted principles for international and regional standardisation activities to be followed: coherence, transparency, openness, consensus, voluntary application, independence from special interests, efficiency.

Mr Kinderis confirmed that the term is applied within EU territory. To avoid ambiguity and misunderstanding, the term “International Railway Solutions” is interpreted in Russian as “International Railway Standardised Technical Solutions”, because the English word “solution” means “decision” in Russian.

The topic of “Culture of railway safety” was introduced by the ERA representative as an entirely new approach to be developed in the years to come.

For further information please contact Vytautas Kinderis, UIC Coordinator for Standardisation and East-West Relations:

kinderis@uic.org

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Register for the 5th UIC Asia-Pacific Control-Command, Signalling & Telecommunications Workshop from 3 – 4 May 2018 in Sydney, Australia

Save the Date!

UIC is pleased to invite you to the 5th UIC Asia-Pacific Workshop on Control Command Signalling and Telecoms (CCS&Tlc) which will take place in Sydney (Australia), hosted by Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW), from 3 – 4 May 2018.

Since 2007, the UIC Asia Regional Assembly has focused on CCS and Telecommunications Development Technologies, integrated into the broader UIC strategy to achieve a harmonised Traffic Management and Control-Command and Signalling system.

The workshop aims to provide both an understanding of leading technologies and a base for core system requirements for railways worldwide.

The event will be organised around the six following technical sessions:

  • Signalling Session 1: Optimal modelling and safety assessment of Signalling Systems, via standardised methods and languages
  • Signalling Session 2: Cybersecurity
  • Signalling Session 3: Train Control and future trends
  • Telecom Session 1: The regulatory contexts and migration strategies toward future technologies
  • Telecom Session 2: The Future Railway Mobile Communication System and other main radio development projects
  • Telecom Session 3: The suppliers’ view on products and applications for safety and security

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Sydney!

Registration: More information about the event, the programme as well as the registration form are available at the following link:

https://events.uic.org/5th-uic-asia-pacific-control-command-signalling-and-telecommunications-workshop

For any further information, please contact Mrs Béatrice Ségéral:

segeral@uic.org

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Instagram account of the week

Today we are putting the spotlight on RZD, 2017-2018 Chair of the UIC Asia-Pacific Region

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Russia: RZD Logistics and Ratraco dispatch first direct Russia-Vietnam rail shipment

JSC RZD Logistics dispatched a test railway shipment from Russia to Vietnam in partnership with the Vietnamese operator Ratraco, a logistics company 35% owned by Vietnam Railways. This shipment is part of an agreement between Russian Railways and Vietnam Railways on bilateral cooperation and marks the launch of the Vietnam-Russia-Vietnam International Transport Corridor.

A container with cosmetics made by the Russian company “Red Line” departed from Freight Village Vorsino in the Kaluga region as a part of container train and arrived in Hanoi on 23 January. The shipment took 20 days to arrive, twice as fast as a standard shipment by sea. The cargo included shampoo for both adults and children, soap, shower gels, various scrubs, creams and masks for face and hair.
RZD Logistics was responsible for the general organisation of this multimodal transportation, providing at relatively short notice auto and container belonging to PJSC TransContainer which was loaded with products at the warehouse of the consignor.

RZD Logistics also organised the transportation of the goods to a railway station and freight forwarding across Russia. The RZD Logistics’ subsidiary Far East Land Bridge received the freight at the Manchuria-Zabaikalsk border point and supervised the transportation through China. Ratraco controlled the final stage of the shipment in Vietnam.

The timely and high-quality implementation of all stages of the project, from developing the route to searching for a client and partners, was facilitated by RZD Logistics’ competencies, which make it the only operator with the experience to launch such an international level service and in particular a new International Transport Corridor. The transport solution offered by RZD Logistics has several advantages for consignors, including short delivery times, a “one window service” and the guaranteed security of the cargo.

“We have covered the complete process from the initial idea to its implementation in a short time thanks to the efforts of our high-class specialists, who invested much of their time and effort into this project, even during New Year holidays. We are delighted to make our contribution to the development of trade relations between Russia and Vietnam, especially in such an important sphere as the export of Russian goods with high added value,” said the CEO of JSC RZD Logistics Viacheslav Valentik.

“We have been exporting our products for 15 years now and have been actively working on Asian markets recently. “Red Line” cosmetics are popular in the CIS and Baltic regions, as well as in European, Arab and Asian countries. This shipment was organised in order to coincide with the opening of our shop in Hanoi. The South-East Asia market has huge potential and is growing year by year, presenting us with a wide range of opportunities for future cooperation. Asia is a very diverse continent with regard to the wealth of its citizens and infrastructure development. It is also heavily-populated, which opens up great export opportunities for various goods, including our company’s products,” said Svetlana Marakhovskay, Managing Director of “Red Line” LLC.

JSC RZD Logistics was established on 19 November 2010 as part of the development of the logistics business within the Russian Railways (RZD) Holding. The Company provides a range of reliable services such as freight storage and forwarding all over the world, optimisation of supply chains, complex logistics services for production facilities and the container transportation of shot lots. Today RZD Logistics has 33 branches and branch offices in Russia and 5 subsidiaries and joint ventures abroad and employs 1,000 people.

(Source: RZD)

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United States: Time-saver schedules now in effect

Rail infrastructure improvements along the Chicago – Detroit/Pontiac Amtrak line will allow for safe, dependable, and faster travel along this vital passenger and freight corridor in Michigan. Passengers on the Amtrak Wolverine Service and Chicago – Port Huron Blue Water will get to their destinations in less time and with fewer delays. These new timetables are now in effect, with a new Amtrak schedule available online.

“Between Porter, Ind., and Dearborn, this rail corridor is now dispatched by Amtrak staff, which ensures the efficient movement of passenger trains,” said Tim Hoeffner, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Office of Rail director. “We hope this encourages people to consider the train for their next trip, especially with upcoming construction and high traffic volumes along the I-94 corridor.”

Maximum speeds on the line is 110 mph on the Amtrak-owned section between Porter and Kalamazoo, Mich. On the MDOT-owned portion, the maximum speeds are 79 mph, but they are expected to increase to 110 mph this year in certain sections once the testing of the Positive Train Control system is completed and when new locomotives are put into service.

MDOT purchased 135 miles of the rail corridor between Kalamazoo and Dearborn from Norfolk Southern Railway (NS) in 2012. Thanks to $347 million in federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Program funding, MDOT was able to acquire and make the following improvements to the line:

  • Replaced worn railroad track and smoothed curves for higher speeds.
  • Upgraded railroad crossings and signals for train and motorist safety.
  • Upgraded the train signaling and communication system for efficient operations.

Outside of MDOT ownership, other improvements have been made that will benefit the efficient movement of both passenger and freight trains. A new bridge connection was installed in west Detroit allowing for a faster connection for trains bound for Detroit, Royal Oak, Troy, and Pontiac. Amtrak has made continual maintenance improvements to its infrastructure as well.

“At MDOT’s direction, Amtrak work crews have corrected years of deferred maintenance and have taken over dispatching,” said Joe McHugh, Amtrak vice president, State-Supported Services. “We have created the longest railroad segment outside the northeast that is being made ready for even more reliable and faster Amtrak service.”

Projects outside of Michigan also have benefits to Amtrak trains. In October 2014, the Englewood Flyover in south Chicago was placed in service, eliminating the at-grade crossing between the Metra Rock Island Line and NS’s Chicago Line, which is the primary Amtrak entrance into Chicago from the east. The Indiana Gateway (a partnership with the Federal Railroad Administration, Indiana Department of Transportation, NS, and Amtrak) has improved a major congestion point of trains between Porter and the Illinois border.

All together, these improvements demonstrate a long-term commitment to safe and faster movement of trains along this growing passenger rail corridor.

(Source: Amtrak)

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Germany: Optimising customer service – DB using WhatsApp to help keep stations clean

Deutsche Bahn customers can now send information on station cleanliness through WhatsApp so that on-site cleaning staff can clean up messes as quickly as possible.

The new clean-up concept was piloted successfully in 2017 in central train stations in Berlin, Hanover and Hamburg. The project is running both in stations and onboard trains on the Berlin S-Bahn light rail system.

DB plans to extend the new service to around 140 stations – as well as the entire Berlin S-Bahn system – by the end of March. The aim is to achieve lasting improvements in cleanliness.

Here’s how it works:

Passengers and station visitors simply send a WhatsApp message with details of the exact location and nature of the problem to the corresponding service number. Phone numbers are displayed on posters and stickers in the relevant stations.

The feedback is sent to personnel, who then start cleaning up as quickly as possible. The customer can opt to receive a notification to let them know that the issue has been rectified, and they can even assign a grade to rate the station’s cleanliness.

DB spends tens of millions of euro each year to keep around 5,700 stations clean.

The WhatsApp cleaning initiative is part of Deutsche Bahn’s “Railway of the Future” quality assurance program. Launched in 2016, “Railway of the Future” aims to bring about sustained improvements in quality, punctuality and customer focus. By offering cleanliness and comfort in train stations along with more punctual trains, more reliable customer information and greater comfort on-board, DB is hoping to enhance its reputation among customers as a likeable service provider. A strategic goal of the multiannual program is to increase DB’s profits by improving the quality of its customer offering.

(Source: DB Netz)

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Latvia: LDz presents Latvian transport corridor in India

As part of its work on developing the North-South Transport Corridor, VAS ‘Latvijas dzelzceļš’ (LDz) visited India in the week commencing 22 January where it took part in an annual transportation-related conference and trade fair in Mumbai to present the Latvian transport corridor with Latvia’s three largest seaports and met potential business partners.

At the conference, particular attention was paid to the business development of shipping container transport, as this segment currently has a high growth potential in India. This is why one of the goals of the conference is to promote attempts at finding the best solutions for public institutions and private businesses cooperating in organising freight traffic.

Both the state secretary to Latvia’s Ministry of Transport Kaspars Ozoliņš and LDz Board Chairman Edvīns Bērziņš participated in the conference. When opening the conference, K. Ozoliņš highlighted the role of globalisation in developing freight traffic solutions across Eurasia, with India’s growing economy being an opportunity for the transportation and logistics segment in Latvia.

“The transportation industry has seen significant change in recent years, change that has been felt not only by us, but also by larger countries like India that realise that they must adapt to the new conditions. India’s economy grows, seeking opportunities for partnerships in trading its goods with other Asian countries and with Europe. The cooperation that has now been established can open up enormous opportunities for us in the future, when transport corridors with Europe start working in a stable manner - which is why we must be ready for this now,” LDz Board Chairman Edvīns Bērziņš emphasised finding new contacts and representing Latvia at such international forums.

The Managing Director of Indian Port Rail Corporation Limited, Anoop Agrawal, with whom E. Bērziņš discussed the possible freight consolidation in the direction of Latvia, praised the cooperation memoranda that LDz signed with logistics enterprises in Iran and India, and considered the possible freight operators in Iran, the sharing of freight costs and the organisation of customs procedures.

During the meetings with Indian colleagues, it was emphasised that LDz is the core of Latvia’s transit segment, as freight logistics work effectively, only if railways ensure direct connections to sea transportation, and vice versa. As E. Bērziņš noted that it is particularly important to establish connections with Scandinavia.
Meanwhile, Latvia’s transportation companies - LDz, Freeport of Ventspils and Freeport of Riga - participated with a joint stand at the Trasport Logistics India fair that took place this week. As part of it, Indian business partners were provided with comprehensive information about the advantages of the Latvian transport corridor, and the possible freight logistics solutions.

VAS ‘Latvijas dzelzceļš’ manages the public railway infrastructure in Latvia, and is the leading company of the ‘Latvijas dzelzceļš’ group. The group includes six other subsidiaries: AS LatRailNet, which determines the rates for the use of infrastructure and allocates the railway infrastructure capacities; SIA LDZ CARGO, which carries out railway freight transport and international passenger transport; the infrastructure building and maintenance company SIA ‘LDZ infrastruktūra’; the rolling stock repairs and maintenance company SIA ‘LDZ ritošā sastāva serviss’, the security company SIA ‘LDZ apsardze’, and the logistics company SIA ‘LDZ Loģistika’.

(Source: LDZ)

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Next meetings scheduled

  • 16-19 October 2018 14th UIC World Security Congress: Crisis management and resilience BLED, SLOVENIA
  • 18-19 October 2018 RSF Plenary Paris, UIC HQ
  • 18-20 October 2018 Masonry Arch Bridges Workshop Bristol, UK
  • 24-25 October 2018 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting Prague, CZ (SZDC)
  • 24 October 2018 UIC Asia-Pacific Web Conference UIC HQ, Paris
  • 29-30 October 2018 Talent and Expertise Development Platform Riga, Latvia
  • 5 November 2018 UIC Stakeholder Workshop: IRS 90940 - Project SFERA: Communication with DAS UIC Headquarters, Paris
  • 6 November 2018 Passenger Services Group Rome
  • 6 November 2018 UIC Stakeholder Workshop: IRS 90930 - Traction Energy Settlment and Data Exchange UIC Headquarters, Paris
  • 6 November 2018 Standardisation event Paris UIC HQ
  • 7 November 2018 European Management committee Assistants Paris
  • 7 November 2018 TopRail Meeting - Preparation of the forum Rome
  • 7 November 2018 European Group of Assistants Paris
  • 8 November 2018 Preparatory Group 93rd General Assembly Paris
  • 8 November 2018 Freight Forum Rail Cargo Group HQ, Vienna (AT)
  • 14 November 2018 UIC Asia-Pacific Freight Corridors Workshop on Interoperability & Standards Bangkok, Thailand
  • 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
  • 15 November 2018 UIC Asia-Pacific Freight Corridors Workshop on Interoperability & Standards Bangkok, Thailand
  • 16 November 2018 UIC Asia-Pacific Future Projects Seminar Bangkok, Thailand
  • 16 November 2018 16th Asia-Pacific Management Committee Bangkok, Thailand
  • 16 November 2018 26th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly Bangkok, Thailand
  • 22-23 November 2018 RSF Steering Board Paris, UIC HQ
  • 22 November 2018 Statistics Plenary Meeting UIC-Paris
  • 6 December 2018 4th UIC Digital Conference UIC HQ, Paris
  • 6 December 2018 European Management committee Paris
  • 6 December 2018 27th European Regional Assembly Paris
  • 7 December 2018 Executive Board Paris
  • 7 December 2018 93rd General Assembly Paris
  • 17-19 April 2019 Asset Management Global Conference UIC HQ, Paris
  • 16-18 May 2019 TopRail Forum Naples
  • 9-11 October 2019 5th World Congress on Rail Training Rabat, Morocco

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