Announcement of “Eurasia Rail: Rolling Stock, Infrastructure & Logistics Exhibition” (Istanbul, 7 – 9 March 2013)

The railway exhibition in Turkey, Eurasia Rail: Rolling Stock, Infrastructure & Logistics Exhibition, in cooperation with Turkish State Railways (TCDD), will open its doors to rolling stock professionals for the 3rd time from 7 – 9 March 2013 at Istanbul Expo Centre in Istanbul, Turkey with concurrent conferences and seminars.

The inauguration of the event is expected to be conducted by the Turkish Minister of Transport, Communications and Maritime Affairs together with the Spanish Minister of Transport.

Together with the Ministers, high-level participation is also expected from:

Czech Republic

The exhibition, which hosted 188 exhibitors at the 2012 edition, will increase its gross exhibition space by 40% up to 17,000 m2. Some of the confirmed industry giants at the exhibition are SIEMENS, ALSTOM, BOMBARDIER, VOSSLOH, THALES, CAF, TALGO, KNORR BREMSE, WEBASTO, VOITH TURBO, SAVRONIK, KARDEMİR, GENERAL ELECTRIC TRANSPORTATION, HYUNDAI ROTEM, ABB and as the official exhibitors and supporters of the exhibition TCDD, together with its subsidiaries TÜVASAŞ (Turkish Wagon Industry Inc.), TÜLOMSAŞ (Turkish Locomotives & Wagon Industry Inc.), TÜDEMSAŞ (Turkish Railway Machines Industry Inc.) and Istanbul Ulaşım A.Ş.

“İpekböceği” (Silkworm), a 100% domestically produced Turkish light-rail vehicle, which was produced by Durmazlar and introduced last year for the first time, will take its place at the exhibition. The passenger coaches produced by Hyundai Rotem and to be used in the MARMARAY project will also be exhibited at this event for the first time. Siemens will place its “REcube (a specially designed vehicle for electrification and signalling solutions) at the exhibition.

The event will also witness a high turnout of visitors from the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, South Africa, Iran, Iraq, Spain, Romania, Greece, Turkmenistan, the United Kingdom, Austria, Germany, Serbia, Italy, Belgium, France, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and China.

The “UFI* approved event” expects more than 280 exhibitors and 20,000 visitors.

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Opening of the 4th International Rail Human Factors Conference in London

The 4th International Rail Human Factors Conference opened this afternoon in London at the CBI Conference Centre. Organised by RSSB, Network Rail and the University of Nottingham, and with the support of UIC, the conference will last until the afternoon of Thursday 7 March.

This conference is the leading forum to bring together those in the rail industry needing to apply the expertise, methods, tools and knowledge of rail ergonomics/human factors with the established and ever growing group of scientists, consultants and regulators worldwide who provide the expertise and knowledge.

The first three International Conferences on Rail Human Factors were held in York in 2003, London in 2005 and Lille in 2009. These conferences, other events and publications in the last few years have shown that there is a rapidly expanding, knowledgeable and vitally important Rail Human Factors community within the industry, academia and consultancies. The common concern is to investigate, understand and design for people in the railways – staff, passengers and the general public and all industry partners – in order to achieve safe, reliable, efficient and cost-effective rail systems development and operations. The aim of this conference is to provide a forum to bring the various interested groups together and for them to exchange current and likely future Rail Human Factors analyses, tools, designs, investigations, knowledge and standards.

The first day of the conference saw the participation of leading authorities in the area, infrastructure owners and operating companies, contractors and suppliers, regulators, consultancies, research institutes and leading universities. These included Mr Ron Hartman, Veolia Transportation Executive Vice President, Rail Division, USA, who presented the subject: “Staying Focussed and Staying Safe: Research to combat distraction among drivers and the resulting training programme.”

The following days will also be an opportunity to update knowledge and also to become part of the ever-growing network of Rail Human Factors specialists, clients/users and other interested parties. Researchers will learn from the industry about the current needs for human factors knowledge, tools and guidance, and industry will be exposed to current thinking and outcomes of high quality research and practice from around the world.

The programme will feature high-level speakers. Mr Christian Neveu, SNCF, and Head of the UIC Human Factors Working Group, will deliver the Keynote Speech on the Second Day of the conference: “Safety: Progress through in-the-field experience.”

Two technical visits will be organised on the afternoon of Wednesday 6 March, the first one to London Underground’s training centre in West Kensington, and the second one to the Victoria Line Service Control Centre at Osborne House.

The Third Day Keynote address will be presented by Dr Stephen Popkin, Director of the Human Factors Research and System Applications Center of Innovation, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, USA, on “An Interdepartmental Approach to Safety: How the U.S Department of Transportation is Supporting Railroad Operational Safety”.

For further information please consult:

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UIC participates in 75th Jubilee Session of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Inland Transport Committee

The Inland Transport Committee (ITC) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) held its 75th jubilee session from 26 – 28 February 2013, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

On 25 February, UIC Director General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux participated in one of the thematic conferences held as part of the event, which focused on the development of the technical progress required in order to build large corridors.

The opening of the session, the next day, was conducted as a Ministerial Meeting, attended by over 40 ministers from all major countries across Europe and Asia, and was followed by the signing of the Joint Statement of future development of Euro-Asian Transport Links and the Joint Declaration on Unified Railway Law. The meeting’s panel included Mr Sven Alkalaj, Under-Secretary-General, Executive Secretary of UNECE; Mr Sergey Aristov, Secretary of State, Deputy Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation – Russian Contribution to the Development of Euro-Asian Transport Links; Mr Alexey Stukalo, Deputy Co-ordinator/Head, Economic Activities, Office of the Coordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities (OCEEA), OSCE Secretariat; Mr Vladimir Yakunin, President of JSC “Russian Railways”, UIC Chairman, who delivered a presentation on the “Development of Euro-Asian transport links in the context of creating Unified Railway Law”; Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General who presented “Travelling on a cargo train” and Mr Umberto de Pretto, Deputy Secretary-General of the International Road Transport Union who focused on “Euro-Asia Road Transport Connections: from the cockpit of the driver to strategic challenges!”

On this occasion, Mr Yakunin participated in his capacity as President of RZD as well as Chairman of UIC, and stressed that in order to achieve this vision of large corridors it was important to bring together the existing legislation within the respective frameworks of OSJD and COTIF. He also highlighted that UIC, as the international organisation of railways, was giving its full support to this trend of interoperability at world level.

Mr Loubinoux recalled the development in the 21st century of modal complementarity, which aims to optimise global supply chain management as part of an interoperable system that guides UIC’s work.
Whilst on the subject of large east-west corridors, he also presented the economic and technical rail challenges faced by UIC and its members which are most closely involved. This vision should be put into effect as soon as possible and provide an answer to mobility needs predicted by the OECD and the United Nations.

Joint Declaration on the promotion of Euro-Asian rail transport and activities towards unified railway law (PDF)

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UIC Freight Department participates in workshop on cooperation opportunities for EU-Russia rail transport development

Capitalising on the results from the first EU-Russia Rail Research Workshop which took place over a year ago, Panteia BV and TNO organised the second EU-Russia Rail Research Workshop on 21 February in Delft (Netherlands).

The workshop was attended by Messrs Lapidus and Kassai from Vniizht, Mr Goncharov from RZD, Mr Schlickmann from the EU Commission and by UIC.

In a free and open discussion, the workshop stakeholders reviewed recent project results with focus on EU-Russia rail transport development and assessed possibilities for further advancement of rail transport between the European Union, Russia and Asian countries.

Discussions took place on rail transport economics, competition with sea transport, facilitation of customs processes, investment needs etc.

With approximately 500,000 TEU which could already be transported by rail today and a potential of 1 M TEU by 2030, all participants are convinced that further work needs to be done to advance rapidly on the key levers necessary to make this transport a viable alternative to sea shipping.

The wish of the stakeholders to further collaborate was sealed with the signing of a Letter of Intent.

For further information please contact Sandra Géhénot:

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Announcement of the Conference “Striving for excellence in Transport Safety” (Stockholm, 4 – 5 June 2013)

Striving for excellence in transport safety

How to reach Vision Zero in road and railway safety – welcome to Stockholm in June to share best practice, innovation and challenges. Save the date: 4 – 5 June 2013  

In the past, more traffic on roads and railways resulted in more casualties. But recent initiatives by governments, academia and business life across the globe have shown that this trend can be reversed.

The aim of the Towards Zero Conference is to provide new impetus to promote road and railway safety on a strategic level. The main focus is on best practice, innovation and challenges. Policy makers along with high-level representatives from business life and international academia will share experiences, find common goals and discuss the way forward.

The main themes of the conference are:

  • Safety management – new demands concerning responsibility and accountability can promote safety
  • Safety culture – safety must be a key issue in the whole organisation to achieve results
  • Liveable cities – more urban dwellers is a growing challenge for safety in transport and infrastructure design
  • Connectivity and safe communication – increasing number of safety-related services, e.g. “pay how you drive” insurances. Discussions and examples
  • Automated transport – growing need for vehicle and infrastructure designers to cooperate as automated systems develop for the transport sector

The Towards Zero Conference is being arranged by the Swedish Transport Administration together with the Minister for Infrastructure, Catharina Elmsäter-Svärd.

For further information please consult:

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Announcement of the 9th Training Session on High Speed Systems (Level 1) (Paris, 3 – 7 June 2013)

High speed rail is not only a technical subject, but encompasses a complex reality involving various technical aspects such as infrastructure, rolling stock and operations, and cross-sector issues such as financial, commercial, managerial, strategic and training aspects, each at its highest level.
The high speed rail system combines these various elements using highly sophisticated technology.

This rapidly expanding new transport mode is often described as the transport mode of the future for a number of reasons. As well as improving rail services, promoting the modern image they seek to convey and yielding greater customer satisfaction, high speed trains also play a key role in the structuring of territories and helping to create socio-economically balanced societies at world level.

This highly efficient transport mode makes significant demands in terms of investment, technology, industry, the environment and its political and social aspects, and media coverage of these various aspects is often unbalanced. This misinformation affects public opinion as well as technical staff and decision-makers.

It is in this context and in an often tense economic, political and social climate in some countries that managers must take what are in some cases historic decisions regarding transport in general and rail transport in particular.

In order to meet the many requests from its members and with their cooperation for comprehensive and unbiased information on the subject, UIC is staging a training session on high speed systems in 2013.


  • Provide an accurate and comprehensive overview of high speed 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

Target groups

Managers, strategy experts, decision-makers, economists, technicians.
The session is targeted at managers in decision-making positions in the transport sector in general, and in the railways in particular, whether working for railway companies or for ministries, local authorities, universities, advisory bodies, agencies or associations.

Conditions for participation
The seminar is targeted at persons interested in acquiring a comprehensive overview of the high speed system.
Seminar participants need not have in-depth knowledge of any specific subject relating to high speed systems.
Attendance at ALL sessions is therefore mandatory.


Our speakers are all experts in the subjects addressed and are drawn mainly from railways, universities and industry. They represent all the countries and world regions with experience in the field of high speed rail systems

Practical Information

Lectures and technical visits from 3 – 7 June 2013
Venue: Paris

The training session will be held in English. However, other languages could be envisaged if enough participants of the some language are registered.
All the presentations will be available on the website of UIC/High Speed in real time during the training with an access code given to participants.

WIFI access will also be free for participants during the session.

The registration fee is €1,500 including tax. This fee comprises the training session, working materials, as well as technical visits, lunches. Travel to and from Paris and accommodation costs are not included.

For further information and for the list of hotels please consult:

For further information please contact Mouna Bennouna:

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European Railway Award 2013: Benedikt Weibel, former CEO of SBB and former UIC Chairman, and Dr Johannes Nicolin from AAE Holding AG receive awards

The European Railway Award 2013, jointly organised by CER and UNIFE, was presented on 26 February in Brussels to Benedikt Weibel, former CEO of Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) –and former UIC Chairman from 2003 to 2006 – for political achievement, and to Dr Johannes Nicolin, Technical Director at AAE Holding AG, for technical achievement. Since 2007, the European rail sector has honoured outstanding political and technical achievements in the rail sector. The annual reception hosted by CER and UNIFE attracted more than 500 guests from all over Europe, including high-level politicians and transport stakeholders.

UIC was represented at this event by its Director General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, as well as several directors and project managers.

High-level speakers at this award ceremony – opened by Mr Libor Lochman, Executive Director of CER and Mr Philippe Citroën, Director-General of UNIFE – included Mr Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the European Commission (Transport), Mr Brian Simpson, MEP, Chairman of the Transport and Tourism Committee at the European Parliament, Mauro Moretti, CEO of FS and CER Chairman (as well as UIC Vice-Chairman), Mr Henri Poupart-Lafarge, President of Alstom Transport and UNIFE Chairman, Mr Max Leuenberger, Former Swiss Transport Minister (laudator) and Mr Fernand Rippinger, CEO CFL Cargo (laudator).

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News from UIC members

Cameroon: Camrail adds six new locomotives to its fleet

On 26 February 2013, the six locomotives purchased last year by Cameroon Railway Company Camrail have been put into service. The locomotives were presented to the public during a commissioning ceremony in Yaoundé main railway station.

The six new locomotives, each with a haulage capacity of 2500 tonnes and 2500 horsepower rating, cost Camrail a total of nine billion CFA francs.

According to Camrail’s Chairman of the Board Hamadou Sali, “these investments fall within the scope of commitments agreed by Camrail under amendment N° 2 of the concession agreement signed on 4 November 2008 between the Cameroon government and Camrail.” This amendment provides for investments amounting to 230 billion CFA francs over the 2009 – 2020 period, of which 158 billion CFA francs are to be invested by Camrail and 72 billion CFA francs are to be invested by the Cameroon government.

(Source: Invest in Cameroon)

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China-ASEAN railway line starts operation

The 141 km Yuxi-Mengzi railway line in Yunnan Province (south-west China), part of the Pan-Asia railway network that will connect China to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries, started operation on 23 February after seven years of construction.

The railway, which is part of the eastern line of the planned Pan-Asia railway network, has a designed maximum speed of 120 km per hour. It passes through 35 tunnels and crosses 61 bridges, which together account for 55% of the eastern line’s total length.

According to experts, this line will improve freight transport between China and ASEAN countries and boost economic development along the line.

The Pan-Asian railway network, which comprises three lines: eastern, central and western, starts in Kunming, capital of Yunnan Province, and passes through the cities of Yuxi, Mengzi and Hekou in Yunnan to link with ASEAN countries such as Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Singapore.

(Source: AVI/VI)

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Thailand’s first high-speed train project set to start in 2014

Thailand expects to break ground for its first high-speed railway at the end of 2014.
The Bangkok-Nakhon Ratchasima high-speed railway will stop at stations in Ayutthaya, Saraburi and Pak Chong. With an average speed of 250 km per hour, the 256-km distance between the capital city and the northeastern province will be covered in 90 minutes. The fare will be priced at 2.5-3 baht (0.08-0.1 U.S. dollar) per kilometre.

Local transport authorities are studying the feasibility of the project and a final plan will be put forward before next February.

Local residents and businesspeople, as well as those whose land will be expropriated to make way for the train project, were given a chance to explain how their lives would be affected, according to project manager Niwat Tansawat.

He said that once all public hearings are completed for the project, land expropriation will begin next year followed immediately by construction, which will take five years to complete.

This is part of a major project covering four main routes from the capital, including routes to Chiang Mai, Hua Hin and Pattaya.

(Source: Xinhuan)

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3rd International UIC drawing contest for children on level crossing safety now officially open!

Following the success of the two last editions, UIC has decided to organise the 3rd international drawing contest for children on Safety at level crossings as part of the International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD) to be held on 7 May 2013.
The competition is open to all children (including those of UIC HQ colleagues and the staff of UIC members) in the following age groups: 4-7, 8-12.

Please scan your drawing and send it by a high definition file using this link,205.html (note: there is one form per age group):
Deadline for sending drawings: 22 March 2013.

Voting will take place on a dedicated webpage (deadline fixed for 2 April, conditions and web address to be communicated later). The best drawings will be announced in early April 2013 and will be awarded a prize that will be communicated at a later date.

The winning drawings will be uploaded to the ILCAD website in advance of the international campaign date of 7 May 2013. They will be used during the campaign and exhibited at the United Nations in Geneva for the 2nd UN Global Road Safety Week (6-12 May 2013).

For more info on the 2011 contest, visit: and

For more info on the 2012 contest, visit,156.html

Get your pencils ready!

For further information please contact Isabelle Fonverne:

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China: Beijing-Shanghai high speed rail link has carried 100 million passengers

According to China’s railway authorities, the high speed line connecting Beijing to Shanghai has carried over 100 million passengers since it was put into operation in June 2011.

The 1,328-kilometre line, built at a cost of 217.3 billion yuan (34.7 billion dollars), has reduced journey times between Beijing and Shanghai from at least eight hours to just five.
The high speed line from Beijing to Guangzhou, the world’s longest high speed line of its kind, opened for commercial service in December – bringing the total distance covered by China’s high speed railway system to more than 9,300 km.

Investment and construction in China’s railway sector rebounded in 2012 when the country set the aim of building a national railway network of around 120,000 km by 2015, including 18,000 km of high speed lines.

(Source: Xinhua)

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Sustainable Development Network Forum at World Bank (Washington, 27 February 2013)

The UIC was invited to contribute to the World Bank Plenary session and its panels to highlight that railways are part of the transport sector and fit into the Sustainable Development Agenda in line with current thinking on Inclusive Green Growth.
The session also aimed to discuss current demands and expected types of transport services in client countries, in order to assess how the World Bank can best help them implement this Agenda.

Improvements in transport have the greatest impact when they are part of a cross-sector development agenda. The transition to low-carbon transport is easier when policies are coordinated to improve infrastructure services and to ensure resilient new investment. Efficiencies are also gained through a multi-modal approach, so as to improve passenger and freight mobility services. The functioning of institutions and practitioners’ access to knowledge and innovations are also crucial to effective transport solutions.

The issues mentioned below were covered in the Plenary Session in a moderated discussion with stakeholders:

  • Emphasis on lower emission transport: (i) modal shift to lower emission modes (roads to rail to waterways); and (ii) on public transport and non-motorised transport
  • Emphasis on road safety, and gender inclusion
  • Emphasis on liveability and economic efficiency of a city (better urban transport planning, increased density, better use of energy efficiency etc.)
  • Facilitation of policy dialogue on regulation, institution and capacity building
  • Cross-sector integration of policymaking
  • Use of knowledge hubs and data for better decision-making and for best practice dissemination
    The first panel focused on the importance of the chosen theme and the wider development benefits of transport. The moderator then introduced the panellists and opened the discussion with specific leading questions to each panellist.

The second panel where UIC was represented by Jerzy Wisniewski, Director of the Fundamental Values Department, focused on country experiences with transport as an enabler of inclusive green growth and demands addressed to the World Bank and sector approach by rail, road, etc. Presentations and questions for the panel also were taken from the audience.

Mr Wisniewski presented the UIC sustainable development strategy and outputs from UIC projects dealing with environmental aspects and energy savings, underlining the sustainable advantages of the railways in comparison to the other modes. He highlighted the cooperation with international institutions such as the UN, EC, IEA, as well as UIC’s involvement with sector research and innovations. He quoted the Memorandum of Understanding signed by UIC and the World Bank some years ago, reconfirming UIC’s commitment to be actively involved with the related projects.
His appearance was positively received by the audience (around 100 participants) which supported the expansion of railways worldwide as the most responsive mode to future challenges in the field of sustainability.

For further information please contact Jerzy Wisniewski:

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UIC welcomes delegation from Korea Railroad

On 18 February, a delegation of nine members of Korea Railroad (KORAIL) visited UIC Headquarters to discuss the role of UIC in the development of expertise and training.

The delegation included Director of the Human Resources Dept. Mr KIM Jin-Ho, Director of the Management Audit Dept. Mr KIM Ho-Soon, Director of the Signalling Dept. Mr KO Joon-Young, General Manager of the Conventional RS Dept. Mr LEE Soo-Man and Head-Officer of the Personnel & Labour Office Mr JEON Chan-Ho.

Director of Institutional Relations Mr Vincent VU delivered a general presentation about UIC, and Head of the Expertise Development Unit Ms Nathalie AMIRAULT presented the International Training activities at UIC, including the next SIAFI (Interactive Sessions on International Railway Business) for young railway managers and the 2nd World Congress on Rail Training to be held in St-Pölten/Vienna from 24 – 26 April 2013.

After these presentations, a discussion was held on the cooperation between KORAIL and UIC, such as the possible secondment of staff to UIC, the participation of KORAIL in UIC events and UIC strategic railway training study in the Asia-Pacific.

For further information please contact Vincent Vu:

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