UIC participates in the International Climate Chance Summit from 11 – 13 September 2017 in Agadir, Morocco

The International Climate Chance Summit was launched on 11 September under the high patronage of his Majesty King of Morocco in Agadir, in the presence, among others, of high-level representatives from Morocco, the Executive Secretary of UNFCCC, Patricia Espinosa and Hakima El Haite, Climate Champion for the 2016 COP22.

In the framework of the conference UIC had the pleasure of organising two specific sessions:

  • The first session was in partnership with UITP on the linking of global initiatives to the concrete actions for public transport decarbonisation;
  • The second one was with the CNER – the National Centre for Road Studies and Research (Centre National d’Études et Recherches Routières) on the topic of the adaptation and mitigation of transport infrastructure.

In his presentations, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC, explained how the rail sector is as committed as ever to the reduction of CO2, energy consumption and modal shift in order to face the challenges of the two-degree scenario.

The transport sector contributes to 25% of CO2 emissions. Rail has a low share, but the approach is to consider rail as a backbone of a new transport mix and to see how combined efforts in mobility – and in particular urban mobility – can address these challenges through a number of local and national measures; through a number of political and pragmatic measures; through a higher level of infrastructure investment; and through a quantified control of the effects of the various measures undertaken.

To this end, the role of UIC on behalf of the rail operating community worldwide is very important and the quality of the partnerships with the other co-organisers or with the OECD through the International Energy Agency (IEA) is also to be greatly valued.

More information will be published in next week’s edition of UIC eNews.

For further information please contact Marie-Luz Philippe, Advisor for Sustainable Development & UIC African Region:

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UIC Digital Days on 18 and 19 September in Rome: Let’s shape the digital future of mobility together!

UIC and Italian Railways, FS, are pleased to announce the UIC Digital Days, sponsored by MERMEC (Platinum) and IBM (Gold), to be held from 18 – 19 September in Rome under the motto: “Let’s shape the digital future of mobility together”. As part of the work led by the UIC Digital Platform launched at the end of November 2015, UIC has planned a series of dedicated workshops aimed at exploring the links between digitalisation and various dimensions of the railway system. UIC organised the first workshop on 7 October 2016 at UIC Headquarters, focusing on the links between digitalisation on the one hand and freight and passenger services on the other.

Based on a business-oriented approach, the discussions will aim to show the participants in a practical way the advantages of digitalisation, through augmented intelligence, inputs for asset management or railway industry, mapping solutions for 3D railway asset digitalisation; and the theme of cybersecurity will be discussed in depth, along with its strategic approach, the management of crowd movements, security for the digital transformation of rail and infrastructure, and the legal approach.

This workshop is open to UIC Members and stakeholders. Confirmed high-level speakers include:

  • Jean-Pierre LOUBINOUX, UIC Director-General
  • Renato MAZZONCINI, CEO and Director General Ferrovie dello Stato – Digital Development and Security for Railways
  • Prefetto Franco GABRIELLI – Head of Police – Police and the virtual territory control
  • Fabrizio CURCIO – Head of Italian Civil Protection –National Civil Protection and a Cybernetic Attack on a Critical Infrastructure
  • Agostino SANTONI – CEO Cisco Italia and Chairman Assinform – TLC Infrastructure, the basis for Digitalisation
  • Giuseppe CORASANITI – Deputy Attorney General – Cooperation and Security for Critical Infrastructures
  • Michel MORVAN, COSMO
  • Vincent MAUMY, SNCF
  • Franck PAVERO, Officer in charge of Telecoms, Defence and Electronic war, Advisor for Defence and Security for fight against Cyber-criminality and Cyber-terrorism
  • Don UPSON, Founder and Co-Chair CES Government
  • Marc ANTONI, UIC
  • Marco CARRAI, Group Cybersecurity (MERMEC partner company)
  • Francesco TEODINO, Security Unit Leader IBM Italia

For further information and details on the programme please contact Francis Bedel, UIC Chief Digital Officer:


2nd UIC Digital Awards: Participants should submit their application before 1 October 2017

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


Early bird special rate before 14 September for the UIC Asset Management Global Conference

The Asset Management Working Group of the International Union of Railways (UIC) is organising its third international conference dedicated to Asset Management, in Paris at UIC Headquarters, from 4 – 6 October 2017.

This conference is open to the whole Asset Management world and will present the latest developments in various industries (roads, waterways, energy…) and on different continents.

Our recently issued UIC Railway Application Guide “Practical implementation of Asset Management through ISO 55001” will be the backbone of this conference and will underlie its programme.

UIC is pleased to invite you and your representatives to attend this conference. Looking forward to meeting you there.

Conference purpose:

  • Provide Railway Infrastructure Managers with concrete examples and guidance to improve their Asset Management capabilities;
  • Explore the latest developments, knowledge and experience across the Asset Management World;
  • Offer opportunities for international and multi-sector networking.

Technical sessions on Asset Management:

  • Introduction and context
  • Frameworks and maturity models
  • Strategic decision making
  • Methods, tools and information systems
  • Planning and delivery
  • Innovative approaches

Speakers confirmed:

  • Jean Pierre LOUBINOUX: Director General, UIC
  • Patrick JEANTET, SNCF Réseau Director
  • Vincent MAUMY, Director Rail System Department, UIC
  • IAM Chairman (Institute of Asset Management) - UK
  • Andy KIRWAN, Network Rail, UK
  • Jude CAREY, Irish Rail - Ireland
  • Gian Piero PAVIRANI Head of Asset Management, RFI (Italian Railway) - Italy
  • Manisto VESA, Finnish Transport Agency - Finland
  • Alexey ZAMYSHLYAEV, NIIAS - Russia
  • Serigne Amadou GAYE, TERADATA – France
  • Rémy JACQUIER, General Manager, OXAND - France
  • Dan-Marian COSTESCU, Former Ministry of Transportation - Romania
  • Celso de AZEVEDO, Director of IFRAMI (Asset Management French Institute) - France
  • And Asset Managers from Australia, Sweden, Ireland…

DAY 3, Friday 6 October 2017 is optional:

  • Option 1: Technical field visit in cooperation with SNCF
    Participants will discover a strategic SNCF site from an Asset Management point of view
  • Option 2: Training on Asset Management Implementation,
    The whole day will combine workshops, training sessions, showcases, business games focused on Asset Management and UIC Asset Management guidelines.
    Facilitators, moderators and trainers: UIC, AMCL, Oxand…
    UIC will launch its Online course in Rail Asset Management after this Training Day.

IRSN/UIC Workshop on “Electronic Rule Books” to be held on 26 September at UIC HQ

The UIC is pleased to organise a “Workshop on Electronic Rule Books” to be held on 26 September 2017 at UIC HQ in Paris

Rules, rules, rules!

Operational staff are suffering:

  • Different topics are divided into different rule books
  • A lot of duplications and similar rules
  • No overview – do I really got everything important?
  • Did I get the last valuable edition?

Fortunately, we, the railway companies, do have solutions.
That’s the topic of our workshop on electronic rule books.

  • What solutions exist?
  • What will be developed?
  • What are the experiences?
  • How can we benefit from each other?

To register

For the draft programme please click here:

For any further information please contact Isabelle Fonverne at UIC:

Or Andreas Hoenger at SBB/CFF/FFS or Hans Vogt IRSN Chairman (International Railway Safety Network, subgroup of the UIC Safety Platform)


IHHA Conference held from 2 – 6 September 2017 Cape Town

The International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA) in partnership with Transnet and the South African Heavy Haul Association (SAHHA) hosted its 11th Conference from 2 – 6 September 2017 at the Cape Town Convention Centre.
The conference theme “Advancing Heavy Haul Technologies and Operations in a changing world” addressed recent market downturn with low commodity prices, low GDP growth rates and slowdown in demand for freight bulk commodities.
With 800 attendees from almost 50 countries, the conference focused on research and innovations related to how we can advance heavy haul technologies and operations to respond positively to this market downturn.

A technical workshop with 250 railway technical experts took place before the conference on 2 and 3 September and gave participants the opportunity to present selected topics within infrastructure, rolling stock and operation fields. Bernard Schmitt, UIC delegate, reported on some UIC freight projects related to longer trains. He underlined UIC’s role in the EU project Marathon and the current Freight CEO’s task force for longer trains.

At the opening ceremony Dr Cheryl Martin from Economic World Forum stressed the railway challenges regarding the 4th industrial revolution. This digital revolution is beyond IT issues and impacts various fields such as energy, mobility etc. and even much more human skills.
Over 180 concurrent sessions were held from 4 – 6 September, covering topics that focused on Track, Bridges and Tunnels, Vehicle Track Systems, Rolling Stock, Operations, Motive Power and Energy Efficiency.

During some plenary sessions, the participants gained an insight into the latest heavy haul development in some countries. The impact on productivity given by the introduction of 4.2 km long trains in the US and the automatic train operation in Australia was highlighted.
Michael Roney presented the outcomes of the benchmarking study on global technological trends amongst heavy haul countries.

UIC contributed to some issues and gained access to the content. A presentation of the results of this benchmark will be conducted at next Freight Forum session on 23 November in Paris.

A strategic session took place on the last day. This closed session reserved for C-level executives, industry and association executives, and some government officials, addressed a few topics. One of them was “How can play the rail freight industry a part in the 4th industrial revolution?” Interesting statements were made by delegates from GE Transportation, Canadian Pacific and Siemens.

The IHHA board met in parallel to these different meetings. It elected Brian Monakali (General Manager Capital Planning Transnet) for a two-year mandate as chairman and Thor Braekkan (Infrastructure Director Nord Region Bane Noord) Co-Chairman.
The members agreed unanimously on the proposal of the Nordic Heavy Haul Association to hold the 2019 conference in Narvik (Norway) .
This will be a good opportunity for all UIC European members to attend and participate in the workshops and sessions.

UIC and Jean Pierre Loubinoux (IHHA board member) will play an active part to make this conference successful.

For further information please contact Bernard Schmitt:


CRITIS 2017 – Call for participation

The International Conference on Critical (Information) Infrastructures Security – CRITIS celebrates its 12th anniversary. The last conference was held in UIC HQ – Paris from 10 – 12 October 2016 and the next one will take place from 9 – 13 October 2017 in Lucca Italy.

CRITIS brings together scientists, experts, policy makers and professionals from academia, industry and governmental organisations engaged in the field of the critical infrastructural protection (CIP).

CRITIS provides a bridge for the different research communities and it represents a unique occasion to strengthen or create consortia for future Project Proposals.
You can register online using the form available here:

Some reasons to participate

Outstanding Keynote Speakers will present the most advanced activities in Phenomenological Simulation and Modelling; Cyber Security; Interdependence in Large technological Areas and more.

20 Scientific Oral Contributions will span several themes: Cyber Security; Human Factors; Transport; Emergency Management; Urban Resilience; Trust and Information Sharing; Methods, Analyses & Models and more.

Project Dissemination Session. Project Leaders will have the opportunity to present the state of art and advances of their projects and advertise their activity in suitable spaces.

Posters Dinner Session. Posters will be exhibited in the San Francesco’s cloister in a “convivial” format. CRITIS participants will have a light dinner while discussing the poster contents with the authors. The Best Poster will be awarded a Tablet.

YCA: Young Critis Award. A session will be devoted to Young Talents. Three selected finalists will present their works so that the audience and an academic committee will evaluate and award the winner.

Two workshops on Water and Energy are planned for Thursday, Oct 12th and Friday, 13th respectively.

Making a jump in the past: Lucca is a magnificent Renaissance city of Tuscany. With almost intact walls. Food is delicious and Puccini and Verdi are represented daily. October is especially mild in Tuscany.

For further information and the preliminary programme please contact Grigore Havârneanu:

Or visit

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Project Group Security of Stations: Approval of the results

The aim of this project group is to analyse effective solutions for station security measures and their impact on station business elements and customer perception and to prepare a “security of stations handbook”.

Within the last seven months, the project group organised three Expert Workshops to share the knowledge and the experience about different kinds of security measures regarding different station types and situations. In addition, the project group launched a dedicated online survey, which has been carried out to examine different practices in the field of security provision and the influence of security tools on different areas of station management.

All this information is summarised in the first part of the handbook. The handbook contains the description of over 20 security measures, an analysis of the impact of security tools on station management and recommendations for different types of stations. In addition, the handbook will include working and check lists for practical usability. It was discussed and verified during the last project group meeting, held on 5 September 2017.

During the NextStation Conference, which will be held from 19 – 20 October 2017 in Madrid, the main results will be presented. Further information about the conference are available at Afterwards we will inform you about access to the final document.

For further information please contact:

Kathrin Faber, Senior Advisor Security Division:

Marc Guigon, Senior Advisor Passenger Transport:

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News from UIC members

Romania: Mr Marinică Voicu appointed interim Director General of CFR Marfa

The Management Board of CFR Marfa has appointed Mr Marinică Voicu to the position of interim Director General of the company from 6 September 2017.

Mr Voicu, 48 years old, is a railway traction engineer, and throughout his entire career has gradually evolved within the Romanian Railways and, since 1998, in CFR Marfa. His former position was Director of CFR Marfa’s regional branch of Banat-Oltenia, which he had held since August 2014.

CFR Marfa’s management team would like to assure its railway and business partners that the overall strategy and ongoing projects developed together will be pursued with the same dedication and energy for our mutual interest and benefits.

UIC congratulates Mr Voicu on his appointment and wishes him every success in his new role.

(Source: CFR Marfa)

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China: New high-speed trains run on north China lines

China’s new-generation high-speed bullet train, the “Fuxing,” was put into operation on 21 August on two railway lines connecting the major cities in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei area.

The high-speed service marks a key step in integrated transportation services within the region as the Chinese government seeks coordinated economic development between the three areas.

The Fuxing high-speed trains will make 39 one-way trips between Beijing and Tianjin and 6 one-way trips between Beijing and Xingtai, Hebei each day.

The trains will stop at 10 cities in the region, including Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei’s Baoding, Xingtai and Shijiazhuang, the provincial capital.

The new trains will account for 18 percent of the total services on the Beijing-Tianjin line, China’s first high-speed line, that went into operation in August 2008. Trains on that line have carried more than 200 million passengers.

The journey between Beijing and Tianjin is short and railway authorities have provided discounts for commuters, said Wang Lunan, a train attendant.
Many people choose to live in one city and commute via high-speed train to work in another city.

Song Xin, president of a startup incubator in Tianjin Binhai New Area, said his company is located near the high-speed railway station and he makes two to three round trips between Beijing and Tianjin each week.

Fuxing is Chinese for rejuvenation, and the trains are a substantial upgrade on the “Hexie,” or harmony, trains. Entirely designed and manufactured in China, the Fuxing is more spacious and energy-efficient, with a longer service life and better reliability.

After 600,000 kms of performance tests, the new train has a designed service life of 30 years, 50 percent longer than its predecessor, said Yu Hongliang, a mechanic with Beijing Railway Bureau.

It is also more modern, with power outlets, USB ports and free WiFi.
Compared with the older model, its power consumption per 100 km is 17 percent less when running at 350 kph, said Yu.

The train also has a sophisticated monitoring system that automatically slows the train in case of emergency or abnormal conditions.

In late June, the new high-speed trains ran for the first time on the Beijing-Shanghai line, China’s busiest route used by more than half a million passengers daily.
On July 27, China used the new trains in testing to restore the maximum speed of Beijing-Shanghai high-speed trains to 350 kph, six years after it was reduced to 300 kph.

The Fuxing train will run at a speed of 350 kph between Beijing and Shanghai starting September 21, China Railway Corporation said.
China has the world’s longest high-speed rail network, 22,000 kilometers at the end of last year, or about 60 percent of the world’s total.

About one-third of China’s high-speed railways were designed to run at a speed of 350 kph.

Chinese-manufactured high-speed trains have been sold to Indonesia, Russia, Iran and India.

He Huawu, chief engineer of China Railway Corp., said Fuxing will be China’s main high-speed rail export in the future.
“The model can be adapted to various geological and operational situations, including extreme climates, a core competitive strength in the global market”, he said.

(Source: Xinhua news agency)

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United States: "PTC-ready” locomotives part of Amtrak commitment to safety

Amtrak plans to equip approximately 310 locomotives to operate using positive train control (PTC) technology and comply with that federal requirement by Dec. 31, 2018.

PTC can manage train movements to prevent train-to-train collisions, excessive speed and certain other human-caused incidents such as misaligned track switches. This equipment will be installed on Amtrak-owned diesel locomotives that primarily operate on national Amtrak network and state-sponsored routes in the east and midwest. When used in conjunction with a railroad’s PTC infrastructure, these systems can increase in safety and reliability.

“PTC is a set of highly advanced technologies designed to enhance rail transportation safety by automatically stopping a train before certain types of incidents occur,” said George Hartman, Senior Manager of Positive Train Control at Amtrak. “We are dedicated to ensuring our locomotives are enabled with this important safety technology.”

Amtrak is a leader in the deployment and use of positive train control. In December 2015, Amtrak activated PTC on our busiest route, between New York and Washington, D.C., completing installation on most Amtrak-owned infrastructure on the Northeast Corridor. PTC has been installed between Boston and New Haven since 2000 and since 2002 along the 97 miles of track we own in Michigan and Indiana. In early 2016, Amtrak activated PTC on our 104-mile Harrisburg Line. Installation and maintenance of PTC is the responsibility of the railroad that controls the track.

Amtrak has signed an agreement with Rockwell Collins to implement the company’s ARINC RailwayNet℠ service, a hosted network, messaging and application platform, designed to meet the PTC requirements mandated by the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008, as amended.

This service will allow the Amtrak fleet to interface with the PTC systems of other railroads when using their tracks for our trains. Under the agreement, Rockwell Collins will initialize the Amtrak fleet to run on 19 different railroads, including commuter and freight routes that host Amtrak services.

(Source: Amtrak)

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Russia: Evgeny Charkin says Russian Railways is working on issues of cyber security

A discussion devoted to issues of cyber security in railway transport was held at in Scherbinka in south Moscow on 30 August 2017 within the framework of the International Railway Salon EXPO-1520.

Opening the discussion, Evgeny Charkin, Director of Information Technologies at Russian Railways, reminded the audience about the recent increase in the number of cyberattacks on information and control systems at industrial facilities. One of the most common attacks of the WannaCry virus, which took place on 12 May 2017, paralysed about 200,000 computers around the world.

“The virus also affected OJSC RZD, but the Company handled the attack very well. We are very involved in ensuring cyber security and work closely with antivirus software companies, which allows us to act quickly in emergency situations. As a result of that attack, not a single train was delayed, and the Company suffered no ill effects,” said Evgeny Charkin.

According to the Director of Information Technologies at Russian Railways, information security is one of the priorities of the Company’s digital transformation program. He reminded his listeners that OJSC Russian Railways is implementing a comprehensive programme called Digital Railways whose goal is to introduce a new culture of doing business based on IT-technologies.

The programme’s most important direction is the development of client services.
In the field of passenger transportation, the Company intends to provide passengers with an integrated platform for IT solutions that provides the ability to plan and book transportation, including multimodal and other related services, such as Wi-Fi on board trains en route, video content, entertainment content, E-commerce and travel services etc.

In the field of freight transport, an electronic trading platform has been launched to handle remote ordering, payments and the organisation of freight rail shipments with a full range of related services.

Further directions for digitalisation included transitioning to a system of train traffic control management, switching from the current accounting system to the intellectual management of technology and introducing a document processing system.

“If we create new opportunities and new technologies, new threats will inevitably emerge. We should take these risks into account. At the same time, the most important level of cyber security is to constantly increase the level of knowledge and skills of our employees - they must be more literate than the attackers, said Evgeny Charkin.

(Source: RZD)

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Latvia: Logistics specialists from 35 countries to gather at the LDz conference in Riga this week

More than 400 logistics specialists from 35 countries will gather in Riga this week for the “Challenges of the Global Transport Movement” conference organised by the State Joint Stock Company Latvijas dzelzceļš (LDz), which will take place on September 14. The conference will be broadcasted live worldwide on the LDz website. Among the participants are representatives from most European Union countries, as well as Azerbaijan, Belarus, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Russia, China, Turkey, USA, etc.

This will be the fourth annual conference “Challenges of the Global Transport Movement” and a live broadcast of the conference will be available on LDz website at

Edvīns Bērziņš, the President of LDz, noted: “Our goal as a country is to mark Latvia on the map of Eurasia and the world not only as a logistics hub, but also as a centre of logistics excellence offering expertise, competence, reliability, quality infrastructure, rapid technology development and an overall flexible approach within the industry that allows any cargo owner to effectively manage their business from anywhere in the world. By creating this platform and bringing together in Riga top-level speakers and conference participants from all the major existing and future cooperation markets, we have gained assurance that Latvia is viewed as a trustworthy partner.”

The conference will focus on Latvia’s role in the development of global logistics. Discussions will be led by the management of the port of Duisburg, DHL Global Forwarding, and the Federation of Freight Forwarders’ Associations in India, as well as other global transport and logistics industry leaders. At the same time, part of the conference will be devoted to the long-term vision of developing the public and transport sector, which will take a look at the technological and human resource management challenges of the industry with the eyes of futurists and market analysts.

Among the speakers will be Gerd Leonhard, futurist, humanist and Executive Director of the Futures Agency (Switzerland); Svetlana Kruglova, Tax and Legal Services Chief of Staff in Central and Eastern Europe, PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory (Russia); Zafer Engin, Head of the Value Added Services division at DHL Global Forwarding Greater China (China); Lars Nennhaus, Head of Corporate and Strategic Development at Duisburger Hafen AG (Germany); Juha Lehtonen, Director of Siemens Osakeyhtio Mobility Division (Finland); and Shankar Shinde, Vice Chairman of the Federation of Freight Forwarder’s Association in India (India). Please see the link below for a more detailed conference programme:

Simultaneously with the LDz conference, Riga will host the 16+1 National Coordinators’ Meeting of the CEEC-China Secretariat on Logistics Cooperation. The participants of the meeting will visit various Latvian transport and logistics companies and participate in the LDz conference.

(Source: LDz)

Next meetings scheduled

  • 19-21 September 2017 UIC PoSE Meeting Rome
  • 19 September 2017 EMCA Paris
  • 19-20 September 2017 UIC Legal Group meeting Rome - Italy
  • 20-21 September 2017 RSF Steering Board UIC 203
  • 21-22 September 2017 Capacity4Rail final conference Madrid
  • 26 September 2017 Workshop on electronic rule books UIC HQ PARIS
  • 27-30 September 2017 UIMC scientific congress & General Assembly York - UK
  • 28 September 2017 First SAFER-LC Workshop on rail and road users requirements regarding safety of Level crossing Paris, UIC HQ
  • 28 September 2017 CDF Steering Committee Paris
  • 28 September 2017 Commercial and Distribution Steering Committee UIC Paris
  • 28 September 2017 Commercial and Distribution Fourm Steering Committee Paris
  • 28 September 2017 Commercial and Distribution Steering Committee Paris
  • 4-7 October 2017 UIC Asset Management Global Conference Paris UIC
  • 4 October 2017 APRA Web Conference Paris UIC HQ
  • 19-22 October 2017 Next Station Conference Madrid
  • 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
  • 26-27 October 2017 Expertise Development Platform Rome, Italy
  • 30-31 October 2017 16th UIC Asia-Pacific Management Committee Saint-Petersburg, Russia

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