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The 22nd edition of the CineRail international railway corporate film competition will be organised by UIC with Portuguese Railways in Lisbon

Save the date: 27 – 29 November 2017

A unique opportunity to present professionals and the public with the latest corporate film productions from all over the world

The 22nd edition of the CineRail international railway corporate film competition will be held from 27 – 29 November 2017 in Lisbon.
This festival, which constitutes a reference for discovering new railway films at global level, will be organised by UIC in close cooperation with the CineRail association, UIC Members, and a number of external partners. UITP, the world association of public transport, has confirmed its support for this new edition.

This edition will follow the 21st CineRail international corporate film competition held in December 2015 at UIC Headquarters in Paris.
The Golden CineRail for Corporate Communications had rewarded the film “Routes into Rail: What I Have Always Wanted” (produced for RSSB, United Kingdom).
The CineRail Grand Prix had rewarded the film “A Carruagem” (The Carriage) from Portugal (action in Lisbon Underground).

The CineRail international corporate film competition

The CineRail corporate film competition provides a unique opportunity to present professionals (from the railways and public transport sphere, the film production and communications world, the media and various institutions) as well as the public at large, with a selection of best films and audiovisual content commissioned by railway companies, industries, the public transport sector and institutions involved in transport matters.
It provides an overview of the quality and excellence of film productions dealing with railway issues in different parts of the world.

An international jury will have the task of evaluating the quality and effectiveness of the films and audiovisual content presented and deciding on the awards. In December 2015, two awards were attributed: the Golden CineRail for Corporate Film, and the Corporate Jury’s Special Mention.

Register your recent film and audiovisual productions!

The two-day programme of the CineRail Corporate film festival will consist of the presentation of the film selection in a cinema in Lisbon. The film selection will be made with the support of the CineRail association which brings together a number of specialists from the film and audiovisual world.

As of next month (May), UIC will start to collect films and audiovisual content from UIC members, public transport companies, railway manufacturers, transport authorities, and media dealing with rail transport and the railway world, as well as other potential participants whose productions should be related to the railway field.

The films and audiovisual content registered may cover the following fields:

- Corporate or institutional communications, also short videos for internet,
- Lobbying campaigns on sustainability, climate change, etc.
- Publicity, advertising (TV commercials, etc.)
- Training of staff in all disciplines,
- Safety and safe behaviour (prevention of accidents, follow-up of accidents for railway staff, level crossing safety, education of population, children, on risks)
- Security and security risks,
- Historic heritage of railways,
- Promotion of the railway sector in general,
- Short documentaries related to the railways…

Technical specifications for transmission of the films (address, format…) will be specified shortly.

CineRail can definitively be considered as a show-window for the quality and effectiveness of the communications policy of UIC Members and of all actors involved in the rail sector in all parts of the world.

For any additional information please contact Paul Véron, Director, Relations with Members and Partner Organisations, CineRail Vice Chairman:

veron@uic.org

3 Votes

Average rating: 4.33 / 5

Cooperation Reporting

Innovating rail in the Baltic

On 28 April, Director General, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux and Coordinator Europe, Simon Fletcher visited Mantas Bartuška, Director General of Lithuanian Railways (LG) and members of his top team in Vilnius, including Deputy Director General and Head of Passenger Traffic, Linas Baužys and Gintaras Sinkevicius, Head of International Relations and Corporate Affairs, whose team had so effectively organised the programme.

Having joined LG from the energy sector last December, Mr Bartuška outlined his priorities for the company. These include revitalising rail transport in Lithuania, making rail a far more attractive transport option for customers, growing rail’s market share, innovating the rail system – bringing it in to the digital age - and making LG a good place to work for the personnel.

LG is right at the heart of the Rail Baltica project and whilst the route for this key north – south trunk line passes through Kaunas rather than Vilnius, this will play a very key part in the innovation programme for LG and its customers.

With some 50million tonnes of cargo traffic each year and around 3million passenger journeys, the emphasis is on freight. The company however, is very keen to develop the passenger market not only in Lithuania but to and from its neighbours including Belorussia, Latvia and Poland.

Whilst most of the network is non-electrified, there are plans to electrify a significant proportion of the system and to utilise hybrid traction as part of its business model. GSM-R is used as the principle communications tool and ETCS level 2 will be utilised for the Rail Baltica and subsequent developments.

The programme of developing and publishing solutions related to the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the railway system that the UIC conducts, is something that LG already participates in. However, there is an intention, as part of their programme of innovative development to further engage in the work undertaken within the UIC so as to maximise collaborative opportunities for this forward-thinking company. This is especially the case for the development of freight traffic, establishing corridors (they are on corridor 8) and to learn more via the Digital Platform about the opportunities for rail companies in the digital era.

After the meeting and a very useful exchange of ideas and topics, a visit was arranged to the LG TCC next to Vilnius main station. This is a very modern, state-of-the-art facility which covers the entire LG network for signalling, train regulation and energy supply systems.

For further information please contact Simon Fletcher, Coordinator of the UIC European Region: fletcher@uic.org

4 Votes

Average rating: 4.25 / 5

News from UIC members
  

Belgium: B Logistics becomes Lineas – from survival to European growth ambition

It took B Logistics (before SNCB Logistics) six years to transform from a state owned, loss making freight department into a sound, private and competitive logistics partner. To reflect the start of a new era and renewed growth, the company changed its name to Lineas. Today, Lineas is one of the largest private rail freight operators in Europe. Lineas employs approximately 1,900 passionate colleagues and has achieved an annual turnover of almost 500 million euro. Headquartered in Brussels, the company is also based in France, Italy, the Netherlands and Germany and coordinates operations throughout Europe.

You can consult the timeline at:

https://lineas.net/en/about-us/our-company

B Logistics casts off the yoke of a historically loss-making department of a Belgian state-owned company. Lineas is a dynamic, private rail operator that is still growing vigorously.

It is more than a matter of a change of name. Following the comprehensive transformation of B Logistics, Lineas is one of the largest and financially most sound, private rail operators in Europe. The new name gives the company a boost to tackle the future full of confidence and ambition. Lineas is intent not only on registering profitable growth in Europe, but also on having a positive impact on mobility, the environment, and the competitiveness of the industry. It is therefore now focusing on providing such good rail products to its industrial customers that they will opt for rail to transport their goods. The pioneering “Green Xpress Network” in particular is bound to make rail the mode of transport of the future.

From historically loss-making to one of the biggest and most profitable private rail operators in Europe
The company has managed to turn a virtually bankrupt department into a financially sound, private growth company over eight years in the midst of an economic crisis. In 2016, Lineas improved its financial result for the 7th year in a row (EBITDA of €27 million compared with €15 million in 2015). Furthermore the company confirmed the growth that was registered for the first time in its history in 2015 (31.5 million tonnes in 2016 vs. 29.4 million tonnes in 2015). The comprehensive transformation succeeded particularly thanks to a clear focus on the part of the entire staff, namely to survive. That focus is now turning to achieving the modal shift to rail.

An ambitious mission of social importance: Modal Shift to rail
It is the mission of Lineas to provide rail products of such quality to its industrial customers that they will opt fully for rail when it comes to transporting their goods. In so doing, they not only improve their supply chain, but also contribute to smoother mobility and a cleaner environment. This is a relevant mission, which provides extra motivation for the staff.
Mobility: The roads are getting more and more congested. Belgium and the surrounding countries are champions in traffic jams. More demand for rail means fewer lorries on the road.
Environment: All European countries are making efforts to achieve the Paris climate goals. Rail transport emits 8 times less CO2 than road transport. More rail transport means an improvement for the environment.
Competitiveness of harbours and industry: Rail is an integral part of the supply chain in all harbours and in many industries. The performance of rail enhances the performance of the users.

Green Xpress Network: the most innovative rail product that stimulates Modal Shift
Lineas continues to offer and improve traditional rail products such as unit trains, distributed transport and inter-modal transport, now and for the future. However, when it comes to registering growth and getting new users to rail, a more innovative rail solution is necessary. It is ultimately customers who choose how they want to transport their goods. Lineas has consequently developed a pioneering end-to-end rail concept based on the needs of the customers (competitive price, good product/service that is easy to use).
The Green Xpress Network is a network of rapid, direct, frequent and reliable rail connections between European economic hubs. The innovative basic principle of an Xpress product consists of building various consignments, ranging from steel, chemicals, consumer goods, via pallets to containers to capitalise fully on the strengths of rail: transporting large volumes over (medium)/long distances. The Green Xpress network today has 10 destinations. Lineas is planning some 20 to 30 new connections between now and 2020.

A team that will move mountains for a challenging mission
The future of the then B-Cargo was highly uncertain in 2008. Few shareholders believed that the company would return to health. The restructuring was thorough and decisive. A great many employees who put their shoulders to the wheel at the time, have been part of the fully transformed Lineas from the outset. It is moreover thanks to the passion and dynamism of its staff that Lineas can make a difference day after day for its customers and for society. The change of name is the reward for the hard work these past years and gives a boost to the further European development of the private company.
To support further growth, Lineas continues to look for passionate new colleagues who want to do their bit for the Modal Shift.
Geert Pauwels, CEO of Lineas: “We are changing name today because we have changed identity as a company. After years of restructuring, we have become one of the biggest and most dynamic private rail operators in Europe. Our ambition is clear: get trucks off the road and shift those volumes to rail. We have developed a pioneering rail product based on the needs of our customers. We are expanding this Green Xpress Network rapidly throughout Europe. I am extremely proud that our organisation which achieved the impossible in recent years is tackling our new ambitious challenge with the same passion and motivation. We want to make a difference and offer rail a future again.”

Lineas, Your Freight Force
The new name had to sound international and be completely different, so as to underscore the European ambitions. Lineas symbolises the connections that the company is building between European hubs, but also the direct lines that are being established with customers and partners and between colleagues. Finally, the baseline, Your Freight Force, refers to the force of rail, the products, and the team.

2 Votes

Average rating: 5 / 5

News from UIC members
  

France: Patrick Jeantet elected new Chairman of Fer de France

On 18 April, the Fer de France General Assembly appointed Patrick Jeantet as its new chairman. The SNCF Réseau CEO succeeds EGIS Group Chairman Nicolas Jachiet.

Founded in 2012, Fer de France brings together all public and private-sector rail stakeholders, in particular passenger and freight operators and the rail supply industry. As he takes the helm, Patrick Jeantet will be looking to further his predecessor’s ambition of increasing transparency in French rail policy.

One of Fer de France’s goals is to obtain a clear view of future transport policy in general, and specifically for rail, over the next 5 to 10 years. Sustainability is also a core priority. Fer de France supports all sector stakeholders in meeting their commitment to reduce CO² emissions. Lastly, the body encourages rail sector stakeholders to innovate and modernise their services.

(Source: SNCF)

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Average rating: 2 / 5

News from UIC members
  

Finland: The Finnish Transport Agency has opened up road transport monitoring data

The Finnish Transport Agency has opened up over 1.8 terabytes of data collected in the automatic traffic monitoring system TMS. The Finnish Transport Agency has offered open access to monitoring data collected in the TMS system since 1995.

In the Finnish road network, there are about 500 monitoring stations that automatically collect road transport data. Loops embedded into the road pavement monitor the passing vehicle’s driving direction, lane used, driving speed and vehicle length. Based on these results, vehicles are categorised into seven groups. The data collected at these monitoring stations is now openly available.

“This monitoring data is the most extensive, single dataset opened up by the Finnish Transport Agency. It comprises over 2.5 million separate CSV files”, says Tomi Lapinlampi, Open Data Specialist at the Finnish Transport Agency.

Lapinlampi adds that the dataset is constantly growing and updated, as new monitoring data becomes available at the end of each day. The data license used is Creative Commons Attribution 4.0.

(Source: SZDC)

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Average rating: 4.5 / 5

News from UIC members
  

Czech Republic: SŽDC acquires a unique car for catenary maintenance

On 12 April, the railway infrastructure manager took over a special vehicle for control, maintenance and repairs of the catenary MTW 100.013/7 from its Austrian producer – the company Plasser & Theurer. This is the first delivery of a vehicle from abroad specially designed and produced for works on the catenary. In October 2015, SŽDC signed a contract with the Austrian company for the delivery of three cars with a total value of CZK 173 million. The following remaining two cars will be delivered by Austrians this autumn.

“We cannot maintain and repair railway infrastructure in an adequate way without means of mechanisation. We are quite aware that current technology has been gradually wearing out. From this point of view, purchasing new vehicles specially designed for maintenance of the catenary is truly a revolutionary step. In the past, only diesel railcars used mostly for passenger transport had their construction adapted. We appreciate indeed that our plans are being supported by the Ministry of Transport and the State Fund for Transport Infrastructure”, explained Mr Jiří Svoboda, Deputy Director General of SŽDC for rail operability. “This new vehicle also brings changes in work technology, working habits and, last but not least, considerably higher demands on personnel expertise with the objective to use the vehicle’s exceptional parameters at maximum”, he added.

MTW 100.013/7 is a four-axle vehicle with hydrodynamic power transmission and 520 kW engine power. A freight crane is installed on the vehicle with a possibility of connecting a basket, a lifting platform, jibs for manipulating the catenary conductor and cable, towers for height calibration of the catenary conductor and a measuring current collector. The vehicle is specific by its length (21,400 mm), which is by 2,500 mm greater than the Series MTW 100 vehicles standardly produced. Moreover, it has a camera set which provides a driver and a crew not only with a perfect view on the vehicles’ surroundings but also supervision on the state and activity of equipment and the measuring current collector.

(Source: SZDC)

News from UIC members
  

Kazakhstan: The first UK to China export train passed through Kazakhstan

The first ever UK to China export train departed on 10 April from DP World London Gateway’s rail terminal, bound for Yiwu in the Zhe Jiang province in eastern China.

The route runs through the tunnel under the English Channel, via France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan and on to China. KTZ Express, a subsidiary of Kazakh Railways, is contracted to manage the 1520 mm gauge section of the route.

Executive director of JSC KTZ Express Karl Geissen said, “the potential of Kazakhstan’s transport and logistics infrastructure enables the shippers to build a multimodal chain that cuts the delivery time twofold.” “It takes approximately 36-38 days to deliver cargo by sea,” he added.

Mr Geissen noted that the freight trains running between China and Europe strengthen trade and economic ties, create platforms and opportunities for the development of land transport between China and Western Europe through the territory of Kazakhstan, which in turn contributes to the implementation of Nurly Zhol programme and the “One Belt, One Road” initiative.

Before sending a container train to the PRC, Greg Hands, UK Foreign Trade Minister, stressed that the “new path connecting Europe with China can serve as a new driving force for a globalised UK.”

This inaugural export train bound for China departed just under three months after the first ever import train from China arrived in the UK in mid-January.

(Source: KTZ)

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Average rating: 5 / 5

Next meetings scheduled

  • 18-20 October 2017 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting UIC
  • 19-22 October 2017 Next Station Conference Madrid
  • 19 October 2017 Freight Steering Committee
  • 23-28 October 2017 International Railway Safety Council (IRSC) HONG KONG
  • 24-28 October 2017 Intercity & High Speed Committee Plenary meeting Shanghai
  • 24 October 2017 RSF Plenary
  • 25 October 2017 OptiYard TMC Meeting UIC Headquarters
  • 25 October 2017 Optiyard SMC meeting UIC Headquarters
  • 26-27 October 2017 OptiYard Kick-off meeting UIC Headquarters
  • 26-27 October 2017 Expertise Development Platform Rome, Italy
  • 30-31 October 2017 16th UIC Asia-Pacific Management Committee Saint-Petersburg, Russia
  • 30-31 October 2017 Commercial and Distribution Steering Committee Conference Call
  • 30 October 2017 CDF Steering Committee Conference Call
  • 30 October 2017 Commercial and Distribution Forum Steering Committee conference call
  • 31 October 2017 - 1 November 2017 24th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly Saint-Petersburg, Russia
  • 6 November 2017 Commercial and Distribution Forum plenary meeting Paris
  • 7 November 2017 European Management committee Assistants Paris
  • 7 November 2017 European Group of Assistants Paris
  • 8-10 November 2017 10th APNRTC (Asia-Pacific Network of Railway Training Centres) Chengdu, China
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  • 8 November 2017 91st General Assembly Preparatory Group Paris
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