UIC Train Track Interaction (TTI) sector has published the “White Paper on Acoustics”

Although rail is widely acknowledged to be the transport mode with the lowest environmental impact, noise and vibration caused by the interaction between the train and the track remains an important issue for the railway sector as a whole.

Furthermore, there is now greater insight into the effects of noise and vibration emissions on local residents and growing pressure on railway undertakings and infrastructure managers to keep reducing emission levels wherever feasible.

The Train Track Interaction (TTI) Sector within the UIC Rail System Department (RSD) has set out to address these concerns and provide roadmaps on this topic with a view to offering new solutions.

This White Paper on Acoustics reflects the current situation and main issues and provides information on proposals for technical projects to conduct research and devise solutions for infrastructure managers (IM) and railway undertakings (RU).

The White Paper has been drafted and finalised by the TTI Subgroup (SG) for Aerodynamics and Acoustics, composed of highly qualified experts. The participants worked together to share their knowledge and information on relevant ongoing projects.

The various topics were organised into the following three main categories:

  • Noise source generation
  • Acoustic comfort, subjective perception and psychoacoustic indicators
  • Ground-borne vibration

It became evident during this process that the field of acoustics presents significant challenges to global railway development.

Efforts need to be made to support the proposals put forward in this White Paper in order to prepare operational and technical subsystems (comprising both infrastructure and rolling stock) for the new acoustics requirements in line with the European Commission’s existing vision for the future of the railways.

These efforts shall complement the actions that have already been implemented, as well as those currently underway within the context of international frameworks for research and development, such as Shift2Rail (S2R) and the Innovation Projects (IP), lighthouse activities, and other research and framework programmes.

You can find the document on the UIC ETF-Shop:

For further information please contact David Mirayo, Senior Advisor Infrastructure & TTI:

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TopRail: Tourism Potential of Railways remote meeting held on 24 March 2020 via webconference

TopRail, the UIC working group focused on Tourism Potential of Railways, held its second meeting of the year last week. Due to the current situation the meeting was held remotely by webconference. The meeting was attended by railway representatives from Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Italy, Greece, Spain, Slovakia as well as from Japan.

During the meeting the latest news from the members were presented with a special focus on the Covid19 situation and how this is affecting all tourism services.
After an introduction given by Carles Casas, Chairman of TopRail and director of strategy and prospective of FGC, Vanessa Perez, UIC Senior Advisor, gave a presentation about how the association has react to this outbreak by creating the UIC Covid19 Task Force joined by more than 50 countries to share information, good practice and measures at international level.

Tim Fairhurst, Secretary General of the European Tourism Association (ETOA) sent an optimistic message to the members highlighting that this is a unique moment to rethink the future of tourism and how it should be more sustainable. This critical situation worldwide provides an opportunity to do contribute in a positive way towards climate change and railways could be key in this new tourism to be developed after the pandemic.

In relation to this idea, the work done over the last two years on how to attract tourism to the railways with the tourism Expert, Ana Garcia Pando, was approved. Both TopRail Guidelines, the Guidelines on Sustainable Tourism by Rail (UIC 2017) and the Guidelines on how to increase attractiveness for rail tourism (UIC 2020) are now available on the UIC TopRail website

The session was followed by a discussion about the new activities to be done during the next year with a special focus on the opportunities of digitalisation and new technologies that will arise to foster rail tourism with the Benchmark that is being developed with the Technical University of Madrid (UPM) and the cooperation as partners of the European project RailtoLand.

Regarding the organisation of the III TopRail Forum that was supposed to be held in Lucerne on Friday 29 May 2020 kindly hosted by SBB, it was decided to postpone the event to a better moment. This decision has been understood and completely endorsed by the TopRail working group.

If you are interested in discovering the potential of tourism in the railway business and in meeting the key stakeholders in the sector, the TopRail members encourage you to join us.

For further information please contact Vanessa Pérez, Passenger Advisor:

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Passenger Experts Subgroup (PES) met remotely on 25 and 26 March 2020

On Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 March, the PES held an unprecedented meeting remotely. Due to the global COVID-19 crisis in fact, more than 25 participants attended “virtually” each day from their respective homes.

Chaired by Luca Mariorenzi (PES Chairman), the meeting confirmed itself as a successful opportunity for dissemination and exchange of views between participants. In addition, in this case it was also a great opportunity to test-run emerging collaborative technologies, demonstrating business continuity even amidst the global Covid-19 crisis.

Both days were characterised by presentations and by interactive sessions that served as an important moment of Q&A and thought gathering process.
Karl Winkler, from OEBB, presented the outcome of the last SPG meeting held in February 2020, concerning Night Trains, NRT and IRT. Karl Winkler also presented the report from the East-West Tariff working group, by talking about the goals achieved in 2019 and the next steps for 2020.

Luca Mariorenzi updated the participants on the status of the nTM-FSM initiative, aimed at providing a common roadmap of the two complementary distribution solutions: new Tariff Model and Full Service Model, the planned future scenario and the planned next steps for 2020.

Clemens Gantert, Chair of the Passenger Services Solution working group, described the status of the IRS 90918-10, the open source space created on GitHub for the nTM activity and the documents for the TAP-TSI revision published by ERA.

David Sarfatti (UIC) and Clemens Gantert jointly presented the ongoing work on the replacement of PRIFIS. David Sarfatti then continued by presenting the status of the Ticket Layout Group. A new version of 90918-8 which contains the Bicycle/dog ticket and the new A4RT layout is to be proposed in June 2020 for publication in 2021.

Kurt De Vriendt, Chair of the Ticket Security Group, concluded the first day by presenting the report from the working group, with focus on the work done on dynamic barcodes and the difference between the current header and the new header that TSG is working on.

Day two was kicked off by Enrique Ruiz, from HIT Rail, and his report on the Electronic Ticketing Centralised Database, how it works and the planned ecosystem to be implemented in 2020.

Stefano Scarci, from EY, followed by giving a presentation on the Passenger Service workshops on Innovation held in 2019 and those planned for 2020 on the topics of MaaS, Design Thinking and IoT/5G. The last part of the presentation was dedicated to an interactive demo on a virtual brainstorming session.

Stefano Scarci also reported on the status of the intermodal initiatives, Air+Rail and D2D. Both projects are currently in their second year and plan to publish an interim report by mid-year and technical interoperability guidelines by the end of the year. Following the signature of the UIC-IATA MoU in January, IATA Intermodal Group and UIC Air+Rail project held their first joint meeting in March. Railway experts are welcome to join both projects.

Vanessa Perez, from UIC, gave a very insightful presentation on the COVID-19 task force created by UIC in the wake of the global health crisis. The task force, composed of RUs and international organisations, will create a network of rail correspondents to exchange practice on the topic quickly and on a regular basis. Marc Guigon, Director of the UIC Passenger Department, provided additional insights.

Jan Vavra, from CIT, informed participants on the COVID-19 legal implications regarding passenger transportation, the revision of the rail PRR, the update of certain CIT products and the CIT working programme for 2020.

Petra Jabroer from Eurail, offered a presentation on the mobile pass Eurail plans to roll out this year. An in-depth explanation of the solution and its main features was presented.

Fabrice Setta, from UIC, provided an update on MERITS, the status of the update process, the functionalities to be implemented this year as part of the evolution of the tool, the MERITS workshop held in January and an overview of MERITS station data.

Daniel Östersjö, from SilverRail, outlined the status of the work done by the RCF1 working group since the last PES meeting and the work planned for 2020.
Clemens Gantert and the newly appointed PATRIC team lead Karl Winkler jointly presented the status of work of the PATRIC audit working group.

David Sarfatti closed the second day by offering the status of work done by the PASSAGE working group and the plan for 2020, which is to improve the PRM ABT web application to better support Passengers with Reduced Mobility travelling in Europe.

The next meeting Passenger Expert Subgroup meeting will take place on 28 and 29 October.

For more information please contact or

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ILCAD 2020 launch conference in York postponed to June 2021

Due to the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak, UIC and Network Rail have decided to postpone the ILCAD 2020 launch conference in York to June 2021 at the same time and the same place. Exact date to be confirmed later.

What is ILCAD?
ILCAD, led by UIC, brings together railway industry representatives, road authorities, academics and more from around the world.

ILCAD aims to raise awareness about the dangers associated with the road/rail interfaces (level crossings).

ILCAD is a joint commitment that began in 2009 with ELCAD (EU countries + Israel). Since then, UIC has been coordinating this worldwide event to raise public awareness about the dangers at level crossings.

For further information please contact Isabelle Fonverne, Senior Advisor, Safety and Interoperability:

Or visit

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UIC actions on Covid-19 referenced in articles and communication

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UIC makes available audiovisual material on Covid-19 via its mediacenter

UIC has received a number of films and other audiovisual material on Covid-19 from its members and partners that are now available in the UIC Mediacenter.

The collection will be updated on a regular basis. Follow this section every week in eNews to learn more about the new additions.

Feel free to consult them here

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News from UIC members

France: Medical TGVs run between Grand Est and Pays de la Loire

Following an initial trip on 26 March (SNCF transported some thirty intensive care patients on behalf of the French Ministry for Solidarity and Health), two further medical TGVs transported 36 patients affected by Covid-19 from Nancy and Mulhouse to Nouvelle Aquitaine on Sunday 29 March. See details of the first trip below.

Preparations and travel
Healthcare personnel boarded the train and medical equipment was loaded onboard at Paris Est station on the afternoon of Wednesday 25 March.
The patients were transported to the TGV from 6 am on Thursday 26 March for departure at around 11 am. A first group of patients were taken to Angers, where the train was expected to arrive at around 3.30 pm. The other patients travelled in the direction of Nantes, with an expected arrival time of around 6.30 pm.

Team effort at SNCF
The entire SNCF team mobilised efforts after receiving a formal request from the authorities on Monday 23 March.
SNCF Réseau worked to define the specific train paths the train needed to run on the Est and Atlantique railway axes.
At the Gare de l’Est in Paris, the trains were loaded with provisions by station agents, while security personnel supervised set-up procedures for healthcare staff and loading of medical equipment. The supervision team also ensured that the train was secure overnight and that patients and healthcare personnel were transferred in the station, with signposting put in place with the help of Gares & Connexions staff. The train had to reverse direction in Angers, with a shunter in charge of stabling it.

The train had a driver, relayed at Massy, a traction manager and two train managers on board. They were supported by two drivers from the TGV driver support centre. The patients were given respirators, and an electrical service engineer from SNCF’s “Technicentre Est Européen (TEE)” maintenance workshop was on board to manage the train’s electrical power supply. These personnel travelled as a unit in the non-medical carriage of the TGV in order to keep contact with healthcare workers and patients to a minimum. The agents had all of the protective equipment (masks, suits, goggles, etc) required in the event of an emergency. The train was fully decontaminated upon its return from Nantes.

Christophe Fanichet, Chairman and CEO of SNCF Voyageurs:
“As a large public service company, SNCF rallies to give the best of itself and answer the call when it is needed, both in good and in difficult times. SNCF teams are once again demonstrating their sense of duty and their ability to work together to enable this train to run. My deepest thanks to them”.

In addition, 12 coronavirus patients were transferred by French military helicopters from hospitals in eastern France to healthcare facilities in Auvergne Rhône-Alpes and Germany during the weekend of 28 to 30 March.

(Source: SNCF)

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News from UIC members

Spain: Online exhibition “Madrid-Delicias: 140 years of a station”

Visit the exhibition on the website of the Madrid Railway Museum

Madrid’s Delicias station, inaugurated on 30 March 1880, has been the Museum’s headquarters since 1984

It is been 140 years since the opening of Madrid’s Delicias station, the first monumental station of the Spanish capital. On the afternoon of 30 March 1880, King Alfonso XII and Queen María Cristina officially opened it.

In order to commemorate this event, the Spanish Railways Foundation, through its Madrid Railway Museum and in collaboration with the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, Renfe, Adif and Madrid City Council, has organised the temporary exhibition “Madrid-Delicias. 140 years of a station,” which pays tribute to the building that has housed the Museum since 1984.

The exhibition can be visited at The oldest of the three monumental stations in Madrid (with Atocha and Príncipe Pío), thanks to Delicias station the capital began to follow the path of other European cities in terms of large railway buildings.

Using documents from the Historical Railway Archive and the Railway Library, as well as graphic sources from other archives and collections from numerous public and private institutions that have collaborated, the Museum team has prepared a virtual tour through fifteen sections, in which visitors to the online exhibition can learn about the most interesting aspects of the passenger building, one of the best examples of 19th-century iron architecture in Madrid, its architectural characteristics and its important historical and artistic value, which forms an indisputable part of railways and cultural heritage.

First of all, the construction project of the station designed by the French engineer Émile Cachelièvre, who devised an innovative building made of an iron structure, with prefabricated pieces made in series and assembled with rivets, generating an extensive, diaphanous space covered without intermediate supports, crosspieces, braces or bulwarks. The building materials consisted of iron for the structure and ornamentation, brick for the walls (solid brick façades for the outer walls and ordinary whitewashed ones inside), granite for the plinths, wood for the windows and doors, and glass for the glazed screens.

Railway traffic and trains arriving and departing from Delicias play an important role in the exhibition, as do passengers who walked on its platforms. Some of these arrivals were a real event, such as that of the future King Juan Carlos I on 18 January 1955, to begin his studies at the General Military Academy in Zaragoza, or the transit of emigrants who were leaving for America from the port of Lisbon, or of those who arrived from Extremadura to settle in Madrid or continue towards the north of Spain in search of a better future.

A very active railway complex developed around the passenger building, which acted as an undeniable factor of urban, industrial and cultural dynamism. The station led to the urbanization of Madrid’s Delicias district and the appearance of workshops, as well as sports and leisure activities for railway employees. In the “Las Delicias” sports ground that was opened next to the station played “La Ferro”, a football team which lived its golden years in the 1940s.

After the end of railway traffic in Madrid-Delicias, the station was in danger of disappearing. It was saved thanks to the proposal to turn it into a railway museum, which opened its doors in Delicias on 19 December 1984. Shortly thereafter, in February 1985, the Spanish Railways Foundation was established and took over its management. Both institutions have just completed thirty-five years of history, maintaining their mission to spread knowledge about the railway and preserve its historical and cultural heritage.

There is also space in the exhibition for the artistic activities inspired by the Delicias station, the film shootings that have chosen it and currently choose it as a stage for films and TV series, or the various literary works in which Delicias is mentioned.

With this virtual exhibition the Spanish Railways Foundation and the Madrid Railway Museum join the actions being carried out by a large number of cultural institutions to offer online contents and resources to disseminate knowledge and entertain in this situation of confinement. When circumstances allow the Museum to be reopened, the exhibition can be visited on site in the magnificent setting of Madrid-Delicias station.

Link to online exhibition:

(Source: FFE)

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News from UIC members

South Korea: KORAIL’s fast response to Covid-19

UIC has shared the novel coronavirus countermeasures and best practice of international railways with its members around the world on the website by consolidating its COVID-19 task force which was launched on 5 March.

Accordingly, Korea Railroad (KORAIL) has played its prime role as the official member of UIC by spreading the proactive and effective measures with UIC to combat the virus.

Since the February outbreak, KORAIL has been fully operating its trains, making a loss due to a 30% drop in number of passengers compared to a normal year. It has been taking various measures to ensure the safety of passenger.

KORAIL frequently disinfects highly-affected areas and trains more than twice a day, allocates window seats first as an effort to distancing between passengers, and doubles unreserved seats (increased from 194 to 374). It also makes hand sanitisers available at major stations and make regular announcement on trains and in the stations for passengers’ safe and comfortable journey. It also offers free rides on all types of trains including high speed trains (KTX) to health care professionals such as doctors and nurses who voluntarily helps patients in the Korea’s hardest-hit regions, Daegu and Gyeongbuk.

These customer-centred pre-emptive systems have contributed to stop the coronavirus epidemic, setting an excellent example as a transparent and stable response. These efforts will be helpful to other countries to curb the spread of the infection.

Marc Guigon, director of the UIC’s task force, said, “Thank you for sharing the best practices and ideas of Korea Railroad, and we hope to be able to cope wisely with the coronavirus crisis in the railway industry by making joint efforts with railway operators around the world.”

(Source: KORAIL)

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Belgium: Coronavirus – Lineas operations continue as normal – Extra measures taken

As the outbreak of the coronavirus (Covid-19) is spreading rapidly throughout Europe and is forcing most countries to impose social distancing or confinement, we would like to give you an update on Lineas’ operations and measures being taken.

The core markets we operate in have imposed various measures to decrease the spread of Covid-19, ranging from closing their borders (Slovakia, Czech Republic), carrying out medical checks at the borders (Germany, Austria), confining its citizens (Belgium, Netherlands) to going in lockdown (France, Spain, Italy). The situation changes on a daily basis. We keep monitoring and adapting our actions accordingly.

However, all countries agree that transport is one of the crucial sectors to keep society going. As such, they have not put limitations on the transport of goods within and through their territories and we have been able to continue our operations. Over the past days, we were able to drive nearly all of our planned trains thanks to our teams going the extra mile.

As Lineas we see it as our mission and responsibility to help keep the European supply chain going - our teams are ready to help find solutions in this difficult period.

Extra measures taken
Safety and health are key for our people and operations at all times and can never be compromised. Apart from our usual safety procedures, we have put in place additional measures to safeguard the continuity of our services in a safe and healthy environment:

  • We have installed a taskforce within Lineas that closely follows the evolution of the Covid-19 virus and the measures we have to take as a company
  • All colleagues who can work remotely have been asked to work from home for the period of 16th March 2020 – 3rd April 2020
  • Colleagues whose jobs require them to be physically present in our offices, stations or other sites are asked to avoid physical closeness
  • We are stressing the importance of basic hygiene rules:
    • Hand-washing with water and soap
    • Avoiding hand-shaking and kissing
    • Covering nose and mouth with the elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing
    • Avoiding contact with anyone who has a fever or a cough
  • We are doing our best to ensure that employees have sufficient and continuous access to disinfectants, gloves and disposable tissues
  • We have asked all employees to avoid travelling and attending external meetings, events, trainings and conferences
  • We have asked all employees to avoid inviting or hosting external visitors in the office but instead use Skype for meetings whenever possible

(Source: Lineas)

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China: Railway sector operates 300 migrant-worker dedicated trains to support work and production resumption

On 15 March, the K6564/1 migrant-worker dedicated train carrying more than 200 migrant workers departed Huaihua Station on time and arrived at Shenzhen East Station at 7:58 on 16 March. This is the 300th migrant-worker dedicated train operated in the railway sector.

An official of China Railway’s passenger transport department said that to implement the decisions and deployment of the Party’s Central Committee and the State Council on strengthening the scientific epidemic prevention and control and promoting the orderly resumption of work and production in enterprises, the railway sector has actively joined forces with local governments and enterprises to operate the dedicated migrant-worker trains, providing reliable “point-to-point” transport services. Since the operation of the national railway’s first dedicated migrant-worker train on 16 February, the railway sector has operated 300 dedicated migrant-worker trains (with 1,250 dedicated carriages), carrying more than 332,000 passengers by 15 March. In the near future, it is planned to arrange another 13 dedicated trains (with 35 dedicated carriages) for migrant workers.

The railway sector has taken effective measures to scientifically and orderly arrange the return-trip for migrant workers. It has learned the production resumption arrangements of the enterprises and the travel needs of the migrant workers all over the country so as to “operate trains according to demand”, and has provided the “point-to-point” transport where the boarding-alighting for other passengers will not be provided during the trip. It has provided the migrant workers with green channels in security check, check-in/out, ticket checking, waiting, etc. to keep them at a certain distance and avoid them from gathering.

The railways have carefully disinfected, ventilated and cleaned the trains in advance, arranged the migrant workers for temperature taking in check in/out and random temperature taking during the trip, guided them to sit separately in the carriage, and provided them with meal ordering services via QR codes instead of arranging centralised dining in dining cars. It has used station and train broadcasts and videos to spread epidemic prevention and control knowledge, and set up isolation seats for fever passenger on board.

(Source: CR)

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Finland: Operability of transportation routes to be secured

The operability of the transportation network will be secured even under challenging conditions. The Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency follows the central government’s common policies, and the ability of the agency’s partners to limit the spread of the coronavirus in critical activities will be ensured as extensively as possible.

The Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency’s personnel have been urged to work from home as much as possible so that we can ensure our operating capacity even in these extraordinary circumstances.

The Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency has rearranged meetings with stakeholders so that these are no longer face-to-face meetings but virtual meetings. Seminars and the sector’s other events have been postponed or cancelled.

As no public events are being organised for the time being, public consultation in connection with projects will be arranged, for example, with virtual technologies.
Transport customer service will operate normally at or via telephone, contact details Problems related to road traffic that are acute or require immediate repair should be reported as usual to the Phone line for road users at +358 200 2100 (24/7). The Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency and its projects’ channels (websites, social media channels) will continue to serve transport users normally.

(Source: Vayla)

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