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UIC Safety Platform Steering Group held from 20 – 21 July 2016 in Moscow

The UIC Safety Platform Steering Group meeting took place at the kind invitation of Russian Railways (RZD) on 20 – 21 July 2016 in Moscow under the leadership of the Chairman Peter Kleinschuster (ÖBB). He expressed many thanks to RZD for the organisation of this meeting and the interesting technical visit on the first day.
About 25 participants from 10 railway companies attended the meeting.

Alexander Koshkin, Chief Engineer of the Safety Department of RZD welcomed the participants and gave a presentation about safety priorities at Russian Railways (RZD).

Further RZD representatives informed participants about the following items:

  • Prevention of non-workplace injuries at RZD infrastructure facilities
  • Medical aspects of ensuring transportation process safety
  • Situation centre for Monitoring and Emergency Situation Management
  • Risk management on the railway system

During this first part of the meeting the participants exchanged safety relevant information from its companies.
Manfred Kunz (ÖBB) gave a presentation about the Austrian activity “Operation in fall-back mode”.

Peter Gerhardt reported on the publication of the Technical Pillar of the
4th Railway Package on 26 May in the Official Journal of the European Union.
The name of the “European Railway Agency” (ERA) has changed to
“European Union Agency for Railways” (Agency).

The UIC System Safety Management Group (SSMG)/CER Safety Support Group is especially dealing with Agency related safety issues. Participants were informed about the following issues:

  • Agency workshop on “One Stop Shop” (OSS) for “Single Safety Certificate (SSC) and Vehicle Authorisation (VA)
  • Agency workshop on “Common Occurrence Reporting” (COR)
  • Revision of the CSM on Risk Assessment (RA)
  • Joint Network Secretariat (JNS)
  • European activities on Safety Culture

Andreas Hahnl, ÖBB/former Chairman of the UIC Safety Performance Group (SPG), reported on the activities of this working group, especially the preparation of the UIC Safety Database Report 2016.
Bart Hoogcarspel (ProRail) took over the position of SPG Chairman.

Participants discussed the subject of “Dangerous Goods Transport” and agreed on the importance of this topic. The activities on DGT (Dangerous Goods Transport) are to be continued in the existing organisation and working bodies, such as OTIF, RID, Agency workshops.

Roan Willmore (Network Rail/UK), chairperson of the Task Force on Contractor Health & Safety, and Maria Hedquist (Trafikverket/Sweden) gave a presentation about the results of this Task Force; a UIC workshop for the dissemination of the results was confirmed and will take place on 8 November 2016.

Isabelle Fonverne highlighted the activities on Level Crossing Safety:

  • 8th edition of the “International Level Crossing Awareness Day” (ILCAD) on 10/11 June 2016 in Riga/Tallinn, coordinated by UIC: www.ilcad.org
  • A press conference and round table with experts from road and rail was hosted by LDZ (Latvian Railways) in Riga
  • 14th Global Level Crossing & Trespass Prevention Symposium 2016 (GLXS) hosted by TRAFI (Finnish Transport Safety Agency, 12 – 16 June 2016 in Helsinki/Finland: http://www.trafi.fi/en/GLXS2016
  • The joint UIC/IRU/OLE Estonia flyer “Safety tips for professional drivers at level crossings
  • UN-ECE road/rail Group of Experts on improving safety at level crossings

Participants were informed of ILCAD 2017 to take place on 2 June.

Peter Gerhardt reminded the meeting of the “International Railway Safety Council” (IRSC) to be held from 2 – 7 October 2016 in Paris, organised by SNCF and EPSF, the French National Safety Authority, and supported by UIC.
The main conference theme this year:
“Railway safety: meeting the challenges of tomorrow’s society”.
Registration is open: for detailed information participants were asked to visit www.irsc2016.org

The next UIC Safety Platform Steering Group meeting is scheduled to take place on 14 September 2016 in Graz, Austria (kindly hosted by ÖBB). The plenary meeting will be held on 9 November at Paris UIC Headquarters.

For further information please contact Peter Gerhardt, Manager of the UIC Safety Unit: gerhardt@uic.org

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TopRail: Steering Committee held on 28 July 2016 at Paris UIC Headquarters

After the good result of the TopRail workshop held on 8 June at Paris UIC Headquarters, it was agreed to organise a steering committee to address the challenges of the project.

Despite the difficulty of coordinating schedules, it was set as an objective to hold the meeting with those members interested in participating before the summer holiday season in order not to momentum.

The meeting focused on what can be done in the short term and what actions will be prioritised depending on the different interests of members belonging to the group (visibility, business performance, exchange of experiences and best practices...)

The committee agreed on an update of the logo regarding typography and colour and on the use of the slogan “World Rail Tourism” to be used with the logo.

Regarding the group tasks it was agreed to establish an annual theme that should result in a publication useful for TopRail members. The objective is the creation of a complete library on the issue “World Rail Tourism” at an international level with different approaches and studies. A library with different studies will encourage the creation of new studies fostering the improvement of the knowledge regarding Tourism and Railway issues. A better knowledge of the market will give the opportunity of improving the services and identifying potential business.

The meeting strategy was agreed upon, in which TopRail short-term meetings and events will coincide with other events to facilitate attendance. The aim would be to hold the first TopRail independent congress in 2018.

For 2016-2017 the topic will be “sustainable tourism” to take advantage of two events: 13th UIC Conference on sustainability to be held in Vienna on 12, 13 and 14 October and the fact that 2017 has been declared as the year of sustainable tourism.

To this end a two-hour workshop on sustainable tourism will be held during the 13th UIC Sustainability Conference. This workshop will set the basis for a guideline publication on Sustainable Tourism for Railway Companies to be finished in a year’s period.

The Vienna Conference will also be the perfect moment to present the TopRail’s website before becoming public and will be enough time to collect the information from the interested companies.

Next TopRail meetings: 13 October 2016 in Vienna, March 2017.

For further information please contact Vanessa Pérez, UIC Passenger Department: perez@uic.org

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CRITIS 2016 – Call for participation: Early bird registration extended until 10 September 2016

The 11th International Conference on Critical Information Infrastructures Security will take place from 10 – 12 October 2016 at the UIC Headquarters, uniting government experts, regulators, scientists, academics, service providers, and other stakeholders in one conference to secure infrastructures.

Registration discounts
Registration at reduced rates is still open. To register, please go to the dedicated website page (http://critis2016.org/registration), which will guide you through the process. There is a discounted fee for confirmed speakers, attending students, as well as for members of external associated events (IMPROVER and CIPRNet projects). In addition, there is an early bird rate before 10 September 2016. Registration will close five working days before the event.

Keynote speakers
As in previous years, invited keynote speakers and special events will complement a programme of original research and stakeholder contributions. Four invited speakers have already confirmed their attendance with presentations on hot topics of the moment (http://critis2016.org/keynote-speakers).

Dr Artūras PETKUS (NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence, Lithuania) will give a CIPRNet Lecture entitled: “CEIP and Energy Security from the Perspective of NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence”.
Commander Cyril STYLIANIDIS (Ministry of Interior, General Directorate for Civil Protection and Crisis Management, France) will provide an overview of “The Crisis Interministerial Cell (CIC), the French tool for interministerial level crisis management”, illustrated with recent examples from France.
Mr Kris CHRISTMANN (University of Huddersfield, Applied Criminology Centre, UK) will give an overview of the “Findings from the PRE-EMPT Project: Establishing Best Practice for Reducing Serious Crime and Terrorism at Multi-Modal Passenger Terminals (MMPT)”.
Dr Paul THERON (Thales Communications & Security, France) will present “A way towards a fully bridged European certification of IACS cybersecurity”, related to the work of DG JRC’s ERNCIP Thematic Group on IACS cybersecurity certification.

Associated events
In addition, several C(I)IP-related events will be organised at UIC during the days following CRITIS. These associated events (http://critis2016.org/associated-events) will be organised in parallel and will be open to registered CRITIS participants, but the number of places is limited. Registration is therefore made on a “first come first served” basis. For example, the IMPROVER Workshop: “Meeting public expectations in response to crises” – aims to discuss how infrastructure operators meet these requirements today and how this can be improved. The programme will begin with a short introduction to the project and then detail the findings from the project with regard to public tolerance to service disruption. Then some scenarios will be presented before discussion with the operators about public expectations and crisis management.

Call for Sponsors and Exhibitions
Given its wide scope and interesting topics, but also due to its scientific quality and impact in the worldwide Critical (Information) Infrastructure Security (C(I)IP) community, CRITIS 2016 can also be the perfect opportunity for sponsors and exhibitors. A limited number of opportunities are available for organisations and companies that wish to exhibit at this conference: http://critis2016.org/sponsors-and-exhibition

Programme and additional information
The programme is based on the 30 accepted papers which cover one of the following topics: (1) Technologies: Innovative responses for the protection of cyber-physical systems; (2) Procedures and organisational aspects in C(I)IP: Policies, best practices and lessons learned; (3) Advances in Human Factors, decision support, and cross-sector C(I)IP approaches; (4) Special private stakeholder session; (5) Young CRITIS and CIPRNet Young CRITIS Award (CYCA). All accepted papers will be included in full length in the conference pre-proceedings. The selected post-proceedings will be included in a special volume published by Springer-Verlag. The full CRITIS 2016 programme is available on the conference website: http://critis2016.org/programme.

We look forward to welcoming you in Paris in October 2016.

For further information please visit: www.critis2016.org or contact the programme chair Grigore Havârneanu: havarneanu@uic.org.

If you are interested in sponsoring CRITIS 2016 or reserving an Exhibition Package, please contact Ms. Barbara Mouchel: mouchel@uic.org

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International Railway Safety Council (IRSC) to be held from 2 – 7 October 2016 in Paris

On behalf of the 26th International Railway Safety Council (IRSC) Organising Committee, consisting of the French Public Railway Group (SNCF) and the French Railway Safety Authority (EPSF), UIC is very pleased to invite you to attend the next IRSC, which will be held from 2 – 7 October 2016 in Paris.

The overarching theme of the IRSC 2016 is:

"Railway safety: facing the challenges of tomorrow’s society"

This congress is dedicated to decision-makers from any type of railway activity such as:

  • Train operating companies
  • Infrastructure managers
  • Manufacturers
  • National Safety Authorities
  • Research and standardisation organisations
  • Academics

The International Railway Safety Council (IRSC) 2016 is the major platform for the exchange of knowledge and experience in the field of railway safety.
More than 250 attendees coming from all over the world will present and share their practices, successes and perspectives concerning risk assessment and management of railway operational safety.

For more information and online registration please go to www.irsc2016.org

The UIC supports and will participate in the IRSC in Paris. As a major sponsoring partner UIC offers simultaneous English-French interpreting during the three days of the conference and the Farewell Party on Wednesday, 5 October 2016.

The IRSC presentations and discussions will run from Sunday, 2 October, to Wednesday, 5 October 2016, at the Pullman Hotel Paris Centre-Bercy. On Thursday, 6 October, and Friday, 7 October 2016, a programme of technical visits will be proposed.

The hosts and sponsors will be very happy to welcome you in October in Paris!

Contact: info@irsc2016.org

For further information at UIC please contact Peter Gerhardt, Manager of the UIC Safety Unit: gerhardt@uic.org

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UIC-JSC NC KTZ Day held on 18 August 2016 in Astana, Kazakhstan

UIC Day was held at the headquarters of Kazakhstan Railways (JSC NC KTZ) to promote the UIC and UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly (APRA) Vision 2050, headed by Vincent Vu, Director of Institutional Relations and Coordinator of the Asia-Pacific Region.

Up to 30 staff from JSC NC KTZ were expected to participate, led by its chief engineer, directors, specialists and representatives of the different activities.
The role of JSC NC KTZ in UIC Asia-Pacific and the implementation of the core competencies of UIC towards its members and towards the external regional partners were discussed during the meeting.

The UIC team presented the UIC Asia-Pacific needs at the regional and sub-regional levels, the UIC Asia-Pacific position and actions with international organisations and intergovernmental agencies, with national authorities and governments and with the railway manufacturing industry. UIC also identified the Action Plan, which is supposed to select, promote and guide specific projects.

Mr Bauyrzhan Urynbasarov, Chief Engineer of JSC NC KTZ, presented the latest developments of JSC NC KTZ, and stressed the importance of the diversified duties of its company under its ambitious motto: “Quality, Reliability and Stability”. Today JSC NC KTZ, a newly integrated company besides its railway activity, provides airport management, port and highways, with four ships, targeting 20 vessels in 2020. The company will create an airline cargo in 2017 and will become a multimodal freight operator that sees its freight traffic growing rapidly, particularly with regard to containers. JSC NC KTZ has also initiated strong actions regarding railway rolling stock: 350 locomotives, 36,000 wagons, 430 passenger coaches. The company builds and exports locomotives and wagons to other countries. He finally underlined that JSC NC KTZ has implemented 25 projects with UIC.

The ideal position of Kazakhstan, between Asia and Europe, gives the country a key role on the New Silk Road, with 1,700 km of track and 460 km of planned track to achieve this target.

The important programme of discussions between specialists was organised in plenary and parallel sessions:

Presentations of UIC APRA Vision 2050 and APRA projects for 2017-2018.

Presentation of JSC NC KTZ projects for APRA given by Mr Arystanbek Omarbekov, Director of the Scientific-Research Centre, especially on optimisation of wheel-rail profile design, rolling-stock coupling systems and cooperation in the domain of research and standardisation.

Presentation of KTZ subsidiary “Aktobe Rail”, rail track manufacturer, given by Mr Alimkhan Zhanbatorov.

Fundamental Values: Jacques Colliard, besides updating the Security issues he is in charge of, focused on the additional 2016 UIC Security Programme agreed upon by the General Assembly in December 2015. With regard to security work on “Border crossing – International Rail Corridors”, a discussion was held on whether to develop standards for electronic seals to protect freight transport between Asia and Europe. The corresponding project was submitted to the UIc Europe and Asia-Pacific Assemblies. This project was requested by JSC NC KTZ who is involved in all the work.

Nicholas Craven, dealing with Sustainable Development, responded to the Kazakh needs for the calculation of railway projects costs taking into account the CO² and GHG emission impacts as well as the current activities supporting the United Nations global initiatives and the UIC leaflets in that domain.

Passengers issues, by Messrs. Iñaki Barrón, Director, and Marc Guigon, Senior Advisor, included stations (security, sustainability, information, Next Station conference and working groups), regional train services, relations with transport authorities, distribution (the international database MERITS for train schedules on the different distribution systems in Europe), the tools for disabled passengers and the development for touristic trains. JSC NC KTZ is part of the Stations Management Global Group and has been invited to participate in the talks during the next Security Congress in Helsinki from 23 – 25 November.

All speakers proposed joint actions which will be included in the UIC-JSC NC KTZ Action Plan.

For further information please contact Vincent Vu, Director of Institutional Relations and Coordinator of the Asia-Pacific Region: vu@uic.org

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USA: Industry veteran Wick Moorman, succeeds Joe Boardman as President and Chief Executive Officer of Amtrak

Amtrak announced that it has named Charles W. “Wick” Moorman as its next president and chief executive officer. Moorman, retired chairman, CEO, and president of Norfolk Southern Corp. (NS), will lead the company, effective September 1, 2016, in the next fiscal year.

Anthony Coscia, chairman of the Board of Directors of Amtrak said, “We are very pleased that someone with Wick’s experience and vision will lead Amtrak during this critical period as the company charts a course for future growth and improvement. Under CEO Joe Boardman, and with the support of the Administration and Congress, Amtrak has achieved record levels of performance and investment. The Board believes Wick can across all aspects of our business which helped develop a stronger safety and service culture throughout the company. I look forward to advancing those same goals at Amtrak and helping to build a plan for future growth.”

Moorman, a native of Hattiesburg, Miss., comes to Amtrak after more than 40 years at NS where he rose from management trainee to CEO and chairman of the Board of Directors. Having worked with NS from the ground up, Moorman gained an appreciation for the many facets of railroad operations and used this knowledge to modernize the way NS conducted business, served customers and worked with communities. A graduate of Georgia Tech and Harvard Business School, Moorman serves on the boards of Duke Energy Corporation, Chevron Corporation, the Virginia chapter of the Nature Conservancy, and the Georgia Tech Foundation.

“Wick’s deep operational background and track record of building teams and driving innovation is exactly what we need to provide unparalleled service to the more than 500 communities we serve,” said Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors Jeffrey Moreland. “We are confident that, working together with the Board, Wick can formulate a strong plan to take Amtrak to the next level and assemble the management team and expertise to carry it forward.”

Moorman succeeds current CEO Joe Boardman, who announced his intention to retire last fall. “I have been humbled to lead this extraordinary organization over the past eight years,” said Boardman. “I look forward to spending time with my family and wish Wick all the best as he brings his excellent experience to Amtrak.”

“The Board and I thank Joe for his dedicated service to Amtrak and its customers and for his long career in public service. Under his leadership, Amtrak delivered record ridership, introduced a series of safety initiatives and modernized its fleet. For this, he should be proud,” Coscia said.

Moorman currently holds securities of a rail carrier. Amtrak will ensure that any conflict will be avoided as is required by federal law.

UIC congratulates Joe Boardman for all his work and conveys good wishes of success to his successor.

(Source: Amtrak)

  

3rd edition of the UIC Global Rail Research & Innovation Awards

Deadline for your submission extended until 15 September 2016

Upload your submission here: http://uic-innovation-awards.org/

Rail transport faces huge present and future challenges for which innovation and step changes are necessary. As the UIC’s overall mission is to promote an increased use of rail transport at world level and to help members to make rail transport more attractive, effective, sustainable and economically viable, the General Assemblies have brought their strong support to the ambitious programme of the UIC’s International Railway Research Board (IRRB), as well as its initiative to set up the UIC Rail Research & Innovation Awards. The first 2 editions of the Awards took place in 2012 and 2014.

Late November 2016 will be the occasion of the 3rd edition of the Award ceremony for the UIC Global Research & Innovation Awards.

Through these Awards, the UIC aims to support and promote:

  • The development of theoretical, experimental and applied research in railway transport
  • The development process of international cooperation in this field
  • The promotion and attraction of leading experts from different countries, research institutes, universities, railway operators, infrastructure managers, railway suppliers, passenger transport organizations, governmental bodies in charge of transport and individual researchers to address the most important problems and challenges of modern railways
  • The global recognition of the role of single researchers and research groups in order to establish rail as the sustainable backbone of the transportation system, which is cost-efficient, reliable, safe and secure and therefore will become the mode of choice for passengers and freight forwarders.

As well as to:

  • Support and encourage gifted young researchers, stimulate their research work in the sphere of railway transport, prepare a new generation of researchers, lay the foundations for future innovative development of railway transport and attract young researchers in the sphere of railway transport, as well as to support the creation of favourable conditions for scientific discoveries and innovative achievements involving young researchers.

And to honour those persons who have spent their lifetime trying to innovate and improve the railway system and its services – the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The first official award ceremony was held in Paris on the occasion of the UIC General Assembly on 11 December 2012, during which we were also celebrating the 90th anniversary of the founding of UIC and international cooperation between members within our association.

In the autumn of 2015, the UIC started the communication on the 3rd Call for applications for the Award. Submissions can be uploaded to the special UIC hosted website until 15 September 2016: http://uic-innovation-awards.org/

Applications for the UIC Innovation Awards are being invited from researchers from the rail transport operators, infrastructure managers, rail research institutes and academia specialized in rail research, rail supply industry, passenger transport (user-)organizations, public transport authorities, as well as individual researchers. Any organisations or individuals that feel they have contributed to the innovation of the railway system through their research activities are welcome to apply. There is one condition: the results of the research project need to have been tested, demonstrated and proven beneficial in actual service.

Submissions for the UIC Innovation Awards for rail research leading to innovations with proven implementation can be made in 6 categories. These are:

  • Safety & Security (incl. signalling issues)
  • Sustainable Development (incl. energy, noise, vibration, emission issues)
  • Rail System Technology (rolling stock, infrastructure and interaction)
  • Rail Freight Services
  • Customer services (incl. new business models)
  • Cost reduction (increasing competitiveness)

As mentioned above, there are two further – honorary – categories:

  • Young Researchers Award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award

Applicants are requested to submit their application using the on-line standard form which can be found on the special UIC website http://uic-innovation-awards.org/. Additional information can be forwarded via e-mail to the address of the IRRB secretariat, schut@uic.org but no later than 15 September 2016!

When selecting the laureates for the Awards, the Jury will base its decisions on the following criteria:

  • Innovation should be of industry-wide nature (should be able to be applied globally)
  • Innovation should lead to the increase in efficiency or cost reductions for the railway companies
  • The innovation should have a clear practical and demonstrated value.

The jury will consist of members of the International Railway Research Board (IRRB) (grouping high level representatives of the leading railway research institutes around the world) advised by technical experts from their organisation.

The winners in each of the 6 categories will be invited to the UIC Rail Research & Innovation Award ceremony in St. Petersburg on 1 December 2016 and will be offered the official Award and certificate as well as a monetary prize. Also, the winners of the two honorary categories will be invited to the ceremony to receive their Award and certificate of honour.

For more information see website http://uic-innovation-awards.org or contact Dennis Schut at schut@uic.org.

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13th UIC Sustainability Conference – Vienna 12-13-14 October 2016

Plans are now well progressed for the 13th UIC Sustainability Conference, jointly organised by the International Union of Railways (UIC) and Austrian Federal Railways ÖBB. The conference will take place in the glorious Imperial city of Vienna at the famous Hofburg International Congress and Event Centre on 12, 13 & 14 October 2016.

This programme will examine both the contribution that rail can make towards delivering the 2030 sustainable development agenda and also how sustainability can give rail a competitive advantage. The latest programme is enclosed, please consult http://uic-environment.org/ for updates.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Andreas Matthä OBB CEO
  • Franz Seiser, OBB INFRA CEO
  • Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC CEO
  • Canadian Railways, Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, Via Rail Canada
  • Michail Stahlhut, CEO SBB Cargo International AG
  • Kamel Ben Naceur, Director of Sustainable Energy Policy and Technology, International Energy Agency
  • Rajesh Sethi UNFCCC
  • Gireesh Shrimali, Climate Policy Initiative
  • Johann Pluy, OBB Infra

Workshops

The conference will include a number of dedicated workshops dressing key sustainability issues, including:

  • Carbon footprint in railways: integrated scope and innovative tools
  • Weather resilience and climate change adaptation
  • Emissions and air quality: which framework?
  • Digital communication and energy efficiency in railways: driving, metering, and billing
  • Energy efficiency projects: potential improvements for mid and long term
  • GRI G4 reporting: challenges for rail sector
  • Railway noise in the common noise assessment method CNOSSOS
  • Sustainable procurement in the rail sector: taking larger strides and leapfrogging along the sustainability path
  • Door to door business solutions
  • Sustainable and smart stations and infrastructures
  • Sustainable tourism (Toprail)
  • Biodiversity: preventing decline & benefits of effective stakeholders management
  • Environmental management for maintenance activities
  • Recyclability of rolling stocks

For more details please refer to the website http://uic-environment.org/workshops

14th of October: technical and cultural visits

The technical visit will take place in the new Rail Freight Centre South Vienna.

Participants are also welcome to join a visit of the cultural highlights of Vienna.

Only registered participants can attend and should send an email to philippe@uic.org to confirm their presence on the 14th.

Sustainability Champion

The first day of the UIC Sustainability Conference will allow UIC members to highlight recent achievements in the field railway sustainability. This session will take the form of a world tour of railways, with each given 3 minutes and one slide to describe the impact on environmental, social and economic sustainability. This is a unique opportunity to illustrate the engagement of your company in Sustainability issues and share best practice with a global audience. Apply on line http://uic-environment.org/uic-sustainability-champion-award

Sponsorship

There are a number of interesting Sponsorship opportunities, for more details please contact Marie Luz Philippe at philippe@uic.org

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UIC Asia-Pacific / Next Events

The 9th APNRTC (Asia-Pacific Network of Railway Training Centres)
will be held, at the kind invitation of KORAIL, at the Belle-Essence Hotel, in Seoul, Korea, from 29th September to 1st October 2016.
The APNRTC is a network of rail professionals for the Asia Pacific region. It meets once a year to discuss common areas of interest for the region.
All the information and online registration are available on the UIC website:
http://events.uic.org/9th-apnrtc-seminar

For further information, please contact Mrs. Nathalie Amirault: amirault@uic.org

The next UIC IRaTCA, International Railway Training Centre for UIC Asia

opens the UIC Asia-Pacific Training Session 2016 entitled “High Speed Rail Systems”, from 10 to 14 October 2016 in Seoul, Korea.

The most important objectives of this training are to:

  • Provide an accurate and comprehensive overview of high speed rail systems
  • Provide managers with all the information needed to facilitate decision-making on the subject of high speed rail
  • Foster exchanges of experience and information about the latest developments in the field
  • Give a global vision of high speed rail to experts on some particular elements of the system
  • Benchmark and network on experiences from all around the world.

All the information and online registration are available on the UIC website: http://events.uic.org/uic-iratca-training-session-high-speed-rail-system

For further information, please contact Mrs. Béatrice Ségéral: segeral@uic.org

The 4th UIC Asia-Pacific Workshop on Control Command and Signalling (CCS)
will take place, at the kind invitation of Indian Railways, at the Taj Mahal Hotel in New Delhi, from 9 to 10 November 2016.

The project baseline of the CCS Development Technologies was initiated, established and approved at the UIC Asia Regional Assembly in December 2007. It is an integrated part of the UIC action line to achieve a Global Traffic Management and CCS development strategy. The workshop will provide the basis for core system requirements common to world railways and pave the way to using leading technologies.

Based on the successful three preceding editions, the workshop in New Delhi, in November, will be dedicated to Optimal Signalling Systems for Medium/High speed (160-200 Km/h).

All the information and online registration are available on the UIC website: http://events.uic.org/4th-uic-asia-pacific-control-command-and-signalling-workshop

For further information, please contact Mrs. Béatrice Ségéral: segeral@uic.org

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Prize for Best Railway Picture – Deadline 13 September 2016

For the second time, UIC is organising a photo contest for the Asia-Pacific members.
Prizes will be awarded to the best, most attractive or most amazing pictures of stations, rolling-stock, infrastructure, passengers or staff, to be voted by 5,200 e-News readers.

A calendar will be printed for the year 2017 with the twelve best photos.

The gallery will be published in the UIC e-News on 30 September 2016 for the voting process.

The award ceremony for the photo contest will take place at the Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly in New Delhi, India on 8 November 2016.

Do not hesitate to apply and send your format-free and copyright-free material to Béatrice Ségéral by 13 September 2016.

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Amtrak invests $2.4 billion for next generation high speed trainsets and infrastructure upgrades

Amtrak is contracting with Alstom to produce 28 next-generation high-speed trainsets that will replace the equipment used to provide Amtrak’s premium Acela Express service. The contract is part of $2.45 billion that will be invested on the heavily traveled Northeast Corridor (NEC) as part of a multifaceted modernization program to renew and expand the Acela Express service.

Amtrak is taking the necessary actions to keep our customers, the Northeast region and the American economy moving forward,

said Amtrak President & CEO Joe Boardman.

These trainsets and the modernization and improvement of infrastructure will provide our customers with the mobility and experience of the future.

The new trainsets will have one-third more passenger seats, while preserving the spacious, high-end comfort of current Acela Express service. Each trainset will have modern amenities that can be upgraded as customer preferences evolve such as improved Wi-Fi access, personal outlets, USB ports and adjustable reading lights at every seat, enhanced food service and a smoother, more reliable ride.

This procurement comes as demand for Acela Express service is as popular as ever, with many trains selling out during peak travel periods. The new trainsets will allow for increased service including half-hourly Acela Express service between Washington D.C. and New York City during peak hours, and hourly service between New York City and Boston.

As more people rely on Amtrak, we need modernized equipment and infrastructure to keep the region moving,

said Chairman of the Amtrak Board of Directors Anthony Coscia.

These trainsets will build on the popularity and demand of the current Acela Express and move this company into the future as a leader in providing world-class transportation.

The new trainsets will operate along the Washington – New York – Boston Northeast Corridor initially at speeds up to 160 mph and will be capable of speeds up to 186 mph and thus will be able to take advantage of future NEC infrastructure improvements.

Additionally, the trainsets use the base design of one of the safest high-speed trainsets. Concentrated power cars, located at each end of the trainset, provide an extra buffer of protection. The trainsets will also meet the latest Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) guidelines including a Crash Energy Management system.

The next generation of Acela service will mean safer, faster and modern trains for customers throughout the Northeast,

said U.S. Senator Charles Schumer.

This investment will pay immediate dividends for businesses and travelers from Washington D.C. to Boston, and the fact that these new trains will be built in Upstate New York makes this project a win-win. These New York-made Acela trains will soon be zipping along the Northeast Corridor and – as a regular customer – I can’t wait for my first ride.

The Northeast Corridor is a national economic engine that carries a workforce contributing $50 billion annually to the national GDP,

said U.S. Senator Cory Booker.

Amtrak’s continued investment in modernizing its fleet will only serve to enhance this vital rail link between Boston and Washington D.C. while allowing for safer and faster travel at a time when passenger demand is expected to rise. Strengthening our nation’s infrastructure is essential to the economic growth of our region and the nation and this investment by Amtrak will help ensure the reliable service travelers expect.

Amtrak is funding the trainsets and infrastructure improvements through the FRA’s Railroad Rehabilitation & Improvement Financing program that will be repaid through growth in NEC revenues.

Amtrak is grateful for all of the support we have received from Congress, especially from Sen. Schumer and Rep. Reed who represents Hornell, New York – home of the Alstom facility,

said Boardman.

We would also like to thank Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Thune and Ranking Member Nelson and House Transportation Committee Chairman Shuster and Ranking Member DeFazio for their leadership on the FAST Act. Additionally, we appreciate the efforts of Senators Booker and Wicker for their support on the inclusion of the rail title, the first time Amtrak reauthorization has been included in surface transportation legislation.

In addition to the trainsets, Amtrak is also investing in infrastructure needed to improve the on-board and station customer experience that will accommodate the increased high-speed rail service levels. Amtrak will invest in significant station improvements at Washington Union Station, Moynihan Station New York, as well as track capacity and ride quality improvements to the NEC that will benefit both Acela Express riders and other Amtrak and commuter passengers. Amtrak will also modify fleet maintenance facilities to accommodate the new trains.

The trainsets will be manufactured at Alstom’s Hornell and Rochester, N.Y., facilities, creating 400 local jobs. Additionally, parts for the new trainsets will come from more than 350 suppliers in more than 30 states, generating an additional 1,000 jobs across the country.

The first prototype of the new trainsets will be ready in 2019, with the first trainset entering revenue service in 2021. All of the trainsets are expected to be in service, and the current fleet retired, by the end of 2022.

(Source: Amtrak)

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