First edition of the UIC Digital Transformation Tour in Silicon Valley

Over the course of three days, UIC invited its members to take part in an immersion tour of Silicon Valley’s digital ecosystem, in the place where everything started and which remains the heart of digital technology.

15 members of various Regions of the world applied to participate in this tour.

18 participants took part from Europe, Asia and North America.

The intense and exciting programme included:

  • Meetings with 16 companies with a mix of majors such as Facebook, Tesla and Splunk and start-ups that presented their latest outstanding innovations and projects
  • Direct exchanges with important personalities such Theresa Carlson (Executive of AWS), Karen Philbrick (Executive Director MIT), Don Ubson (Executive CES Government) …
  • Visit to Stanford University and initiation in design thinking
  • A specific focus on the railway context and specific relevant opportunities

The tour demonstrated how data could be the key word today and its real value around the “five Cs” approach:

Collection / Control / Correction / Connection / Creativity

The main aspects of the digital world were covered: big data, IoT, from Artificial Intelligence to Augmented Intelligence, block chain… and obviously, cybersecurity is and will remain the top priority for the railway sector.

Other issues were explored such as predictive maintenance, asset digitalisation, worker safety, fluid corridor management, machine learning, interface apps for integrated transport schemes.

Having the data is one thing but being able to assemble them in the proper way to reach the expected results is the key point.

All participants clearly stated their satisfaction following this experience.
Francisco Cardoso Dos Reis, Rail System Forum Chairman, expressed his will to set up even closer cooperation with the UIC Digital Platform through various actions and among them the development of identified projects in an innovative and open source approach.

In his conclusions, UIC Director General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux stressed the importance of this programme for UIC members, presenting beyond the understanding of the digital ecosystem concrete opportunities of partnership and operational developments for the benefit of the entire railway community of UIC.
This very first edition was a success and opens the way to future such initiatives to support the UIC members in their digital strategic development.

Share, Open, Connect, the three concepts that supports the UIC Digital Platform activities have, during this Digital Tour, been put into action at the service of our community.

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

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Three days to go until ILCAD 2017!

The Railway Association of Canada (RAC) and the International Union of Railways (UIC), are pleased to be co-hosting the 9th International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD) on 2 June 2017, in Montreal, Canada.

Participation in this conference is free of charge. Simultaneous interpretation in French and English will be provided.

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To consult the programme please click here:

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

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UIC participated in project review to construct the Museum of Russian Railways in Saint-Petersburg

UIC was invited together with the heads of several European Railway museums to participate in a consultation and exchanges related to the construction of the Museum of Russian Railways in Saint-Petersburg. The meeting was organised by October Railway from RZD.
This ambitious and already very advanced project aims to bring together in one location in Saint-Petersburg a number of collections of railway rolling stock and railway equipment from Russian Railways that were maintained in different parts of the territory.

Mr Valentin Gapanovich, Advisor to the President of Russian Railways (RZD) who has a leading role in the execution of this project, warmly welcomed all participants and presented the objective to make this future museum one of the very first railway museums in Europe and in the world.
It will be targeted at the general public and will explain the essential role of railways in the history and the development of Russia.

The Museum of Russian Railways is the result of successful public-private partnerships.
The heritage of Russian Railways’ rolling stock will be exhibited in vast spaces (a restored locomotive depot as well as newly constructed exhibition halls), with specific topics such as locomotives, passenger, freight, military trains, etc.,
In addition, a high number of animations and entertainment, using the latest audiovisual and digital technologies, will contribute to educate the public about the basic principles and future development of the railway transport system.
The official opening should take place in October 2017.

Participants in this consultation were invited to visit the site of the museum under construction and afterwards to deliver all their views and suggestions on the future organisation of the museum in the frame of a very open exchange with the heads of Russian Railways and October Railway from Saint-Petersburg.
The afternoon was dedicated to the visit of the Central Museum of Railway Transport of the Russian Federation (also located in Saint-Petersburg).

As Mr Valentin Gapanovich stressed, this museum should not be limited to the function of a museum but also be used as a meeting place for railways at global level, for example for UIC gatherings.

UIC was represented by Paul Véron, Director in charge of Relations with Members and Partner Organisations (and in parallel Vice Chairman of the International Railway History Association IRHA). Directors and heads of the railway museums from Brussels (Train World), Nuremberg (German Railways Museum) and Utrecht (Dutch Railways Museum) also attended this consultation.

It is also worth mentioning that Railway Museums currently develop an informal cooperation at global level and meet once a year at the invitation of one railway museum, to exchange on all issues of common interest including the economic and commercial (marketing) aspects.

UIC suggested promoting the railway museums of its Members at international level by using its full range of communications such as UIC e-News and press releases, or those currently in development such as the use of social networks. UIC would only need to receive the basic information to communicate from the respective railway museums.

For further information please contact Paul Véron, Director, Relations with Members and Partners Organisations:

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Transport Research Arena (TRA) 2018 to be held from 16 – 19 April in Vienna, Austria

Digitisation, Automatisation and Decarbonisation are major trends that will drastically change the way we live, work and use mobility and transport in the future. Under the heading of “A digital Era for Transport”, the Transport Research Arena 2018 (TRA 2018) to be held from 16 – 19 April in Vienna, Austria, will explore, discuss and demonstrate these major paradigm shifts specifically directed at important areas of our life, such as transport, mobility, logistics and industrial production.

With a share of 7.7% of the GDP and an average R&D rate of 12%, the transport industry is not only vital to Austria, but is a major driving force for the whole European economy. To address the great challenges of the future mobility system, Austria has been running specific national transport related research programmes for a long time, which are effectively combined with the relevant research and technology programmes of the European Union.

Together with the European Commission, the European Technology Platforms on Transport and Mobility, the Austrian Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology, the Austrian Institute of Technology and AustriaTech are delighted to invite you to the seventh edition of TRA 2018 in Austria.

To register as a reviewer for the abstracts please click on this link:

For further information please visit the conference website:

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Save the Date: 11th UIC Noise Workshop to be held on 14 November 2017 at Paris UIC Headquarters

UIC will hold the 11th UIC Noise Workshop in Paris on 14 November 2017.

This event will focus on the latest issues at European level for the management of railway noise and vibration. Topics will include application of the Noise TSI to existing wagons & ‘silent sections’, funding and progress for retrofitting, REFIT of the Environmental Noise Directive & forthcoming guidance on noise from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and appropriate noise metrics in addition to the new UIC State of the Art report for the Management of Railway Vibration.

As in previous years, speakers will be invited to represent the major stakeholders, including UIC, CER, European Commission (DG MOV & DG ENV), WHO working groups. External views from outside the railway noise world will also be sought.
Opportunities will be provided for participants to ask questions directly to European Commission policy officers and other key stakeholders as well as to discuss the current issues.

There is no charge for participation.

Moderator: Jakob Oertli, Chairman of the UIC Noise Expert Network & SBB

  • Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director-General UIC
  • Libor Lochman, Executive Director Community of European Railways
  • Marco Paviotti, Policy Officer DG ENV
  • Marcin Wojcik, Policy Officer DG MOVE

The registration link will soon be available.

For further information please contact Nick Craven, Head of the Sustainable Unit:

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Sustainable Land Use: Herbie project deliverable starting to take shape

On 16 May, the Sustainable Land Use Expert meeting was held in Berlin, Germany, at the kind invitation of Deutsche Bahn. At the meeting, Michael Below (DB AG) and Thomas Schuh (ÖBB-Infra AG) were elected new co-chairmen of the expert network. Thomas Schuh is an ecologist at Obb-Infra AG and is in charge of Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility. Michael Below is an Engineer of horticulture and is head of Nature Conservation and Biodiversity at DB.

The UIC Sustainable Land Use network is composed of experts in biodiversity, vegetation management and soil remediation.

The expert group now manages the “Herbie” project which deals with all aspects of vegetation management on all the different railway properties. The project was triggered by difficulties encountered in the European Union during the process to renew market authorisation of Glyphosate, the most commonly used active agent in herbicides. Chemical weed control is the most effective and cost-efficient maintenance technique to ensure weed free infrastructure. However, there is growing pressure at both the regulatory and political levels to impose tighter restrictions on the use of Glyphosate. The UIC technical expertise is aligned with the position paper recently issued by CER on this topic.

The Herbie project kicked off in March 2017 and will end in spring 2018. A set of Guidelines for Vegetation Management in Railway application has been drafted and is now under revision by the group. The project will deliver in summer a State of the Art of Weed Control. The knowledge has been built on a comprehensive survey launched by UIC in the spring of 2017 and technical experts on this topics are encouraged to answer the questionnaire. The project will also deliver in late 2017 a socio economic and ecological assessment of vegetation control and vegetation management scenarios (herbicide use scenarios and non-herbicide use scenarios and their related cost to infrastructure maintenance).

The final report containing also an outlook on future Methods and Technologies will be issued by the end of the year. After the positive experience of the two International Workshops on Vegetation Management organised by UIC in 2016 and 2013, a final dissemination workshop will be organised in spring 2018.

Technical experts on this topic are invited to join the group and to get in contact with the Sustainable Development Unit at UIC.

For further information please contact Andrea Braschi, Environmental Advisor:

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Commuter and Regional Train Services (CRTS) working group meeting in Madrid

On 23 May the latest meeting of the Commuter and Regional Train Services (CRTS) group was held. The meeting was organised by Mrs Magdalena Bodelón (Renfe) and chaired by Mr Bartłomiej Buczek (PKP SKM), Chairman of the CRTS Group. UIC was represented by Mr Ignacio Barrón, Director of the Passenger and High Speed Department, Mrs Vanessa Pérez, Advisor for the same department. There were representatives of PKP SKM, JR, Trenitalia, BLS, Renfe, FGC, ADIF, Euskotren and FFE (Fundación de Ferrocarriles Españoles) who kindly hosted the meeting at their headquarters. On this occasion, Mr Laurent Dauby, Director of Rail Transport at UITP also joined the group.

During the meeting, many issues were presented and discussed giving an idea of the potential focus to work within the next three-year period.

Mr Kenzo Fujita (Japan Railways -JR-) presented the commuter and regional train services in Japan which started a discussion about the importance of the management of the capacity and congestion of the systems.

Mr Carles Cases (Ferrocarriles de la Generalitat de Catalunya -FGC-) explained the services provided by his company in Barcelona and the rest of Catalonia. He highlighted the differences between the ones dedicated to public service obligations and the ones focused on leisure services as well as the importance of having enough flexibility to constantly adapt offer and demand.

Mr Gabriel Castañares’ (Renfe) presentation focused on the energy drivers and performance in Renfe Passenger Services and the advantages of improving rail energy data. As a matter of fact, this is one of the issues in which CRTS group is involved in this year, in collaboration with the UIC sustainable unit and the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Mr Jorge Escoin (Euskotren) introduced the application of new technologies and digital tools to foster the interoperability applicated to commuter and regional train services using the case of the Basque Country.

Finally, Mr Laurent Dauby, Director of Rail Transport at the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), presented the activity of the UITP. It was highlighted within the group the desire to look for linked and complementary common actions between the two international associations within the scope of railway commuter and regional transport.

Furthermore, after the success of the first training course on Commuter and Regional Train Services, it was decided to organise the second one to be held in Rome from 21 – 23 November 2017 co-organised with Trenitalia.

The aim of the training programme will be to examine all the constituent elements, as well as the different types of Commuter and Regional Train Systems (CRTS) and to measure their impact impartially and objectively from political, social and economic standpoints.

The meeting ended with a Technical Visit to the Center of Management of Renfe Cercanías in Atocha Station where all the daily operations of the Madrid Commuter Train Services is controlled.

This group is open to all UIC members, so do not hesitate to contact us should you wish to participate. The next meeting of the CRTS group will be held in Bilbao on 12 September 2017.

For further information please contact Vanessa Perez Miranda, Advisor for the UIC Passenger Department:

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France: Céline Sibert appointed new Security Director of French Railways (SNCF)

Mrs Céline Sibert, who joined the Security Department of French Railways in 2012, was appointed new Security Director of the SNCF Group by the Presidents of SNCF Group, Mr Guillaume Pepy and Mr Patrick Jeantet. She succeeds Mr Christian Lambert who has been in charge of the Security Department since November 2015.

Céline Sibert joined SNCF in 1995 as Deputy Director of Long Distance Passenger Traffic, in charge of socio-economic issues, and then as Advisor to the Directors General Alain Poinssot (Freight) and then Guillaume Pepy (Passenger). She was then Director of the cabinet of Mr Guillaume Pepy (1999-2002), Director of External and European Affairs of the Director General France Voyages Europe (2002-2004), Director of the Crisis Management Strategies (2002-2005), before beeing appointed Secretary General of “SNCF Proximités” (2006) and then Regional Director of Transilien Paris-Nord.

In 2012 she joined the SNCF Security Department.

UIC congratulates Céline Sibert on her appointment and wishes her every success in her new role.

(Source: SNCF)

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Croatia: Changes in the Management Board of HŽ Cargo – new appointment

The session of HŽ Cargo’s general assembly was conducted 17 May 2017. The current president of the Management Board Danijel Krakić and the Management Board member Alen Ambrinac have been released from duty during the session. New Management Board has been established and Željko Pokrovac was appointed as a member – director of the Board.

Željko Pokrovac was appointed as a director of the HŽ Cargo’s Board on 17 May 2017. His previous position was Director of locomotive sales at TŽV Gredelj. He has been working at TŽV Gredelj since 2005 and during that time he performed many management functions. From 1982 to 2003, he was an employee of Končar Electric Locomotives where he performed various duties in various positions, such as Sales Manager, Commercial and Financial Director, Production and Quality Manager. In the period from 2003 to 2005 he was the Board Director at TOZ-Penkala Company.

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

(Source: HŽ Cargo)

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Czech Republic: Reconstruction increases capacity of the line between Nymburk - Mladá Boleslav

Správa železniční dopravní cesty (SZDC) completed extensive construction works on the railway line Nymburk – Mladá Boleslav. The main asset of this project was increasing infrastructure capacity on one of the most heavily used single-track lines on the territory of the Czech Republic, ensuring smoother rail transport and improving safety and comfort for passengers.

The project included construction adaptations that observe the required speed increase at operating points up to 100 kph and building a new line and station signalling and safety equipment in the section Luštěnice – Mladá Boleslav hlavní nádraží. A new overtaking station Bezděčín has been established to insert more freight train routes and helped the smooth passage of train-sets.

The increase in line capacity was also achieved by extending useful lengths of running tracks at stations Luštěnice-Újezd and Dobrovice up to 650 m which extended freight trains to 610 - 630 m. Platforms with a height of 550 mm above the top of rail were built at reconstructed stations with barrier-free access for passengers. Moreover, trains stop closer to the village at the new Luštěnice stop.
Signalling and safety equipment has been modernised including the information system for passengers in the whole line section. The line was equipped with electronic line and station safety equipment Category 3 with remote control from the traffic control centre at Mladá Boleslav.

In accordance with the global objective of Operational Programme Transport Priority Axis 1, which is an improvement of railway transport on the Trans-European Transport Network TEN-T, transport availability was increased and infrastructure capacity was ensured as well as railway operation quality for a prospective transport extent.

Total estimated costs of the construction designated as increasing capacity of the line Nymburk - Mladá Boleslav, Construction 1 came to CZK 945,901,526 (VAT excluded) - around 36 million euros. The project was approved for co-financing by the European Union under the Operational Programme Transport with a planned contribution amount from the Cohesion Fund of up to CZK 729,440,278. National financing was assured by the State Fund for Transport Infrastructure.

(Source: SZDC)

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Kazakhstan: Results of the cooperation of the Commonwealth’s railways were considered in Moscow

On 18-19 May, the delegation of JSC NC Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) headed by the company’s CEO Kanat Alpysbaev took part in the 66th meeting of the Council for Rail Transport of the Commonwealth member states in Moscow.

The current meeting was held on the 25th anniversary of the Council’s formation. In 1992, the leaders of the Commonwealth countries adopted a strategically important decision to create an interstate body that coordinates the work and development of railways in the post-Soviet space.

The Council for Railway Transport is one of the first integration associations, fulfilling an important and effective role in the development of cooperation of the CIS countries.

Over the years, the Council has established itself as an authoritative intergovernmental body for economic cooperation. A constructive and businesslike approach, systemic and efficient, ensures smooth and uninterrupted operation of the railways in the “1520 space”.

Heads of railway administrations of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, as well as associate members of the Council - heads of railway administrations of Bulgaria, Georgia, Latvia and Finland attended the meeting. Representatives of the railway administrations of Iran and the International Confederation of Trade Unions of Railway Workers and Transport Builders attended as observers.

The results of the decisions of the 65th meeting of the Council, the operational work of the railway network, the activities of the passenger complex in international traffic for 2016 and the first quarter of 2017 were summed up.

For the great contribution to international cooperation, K. Alpysbaev head of the JSC NC “KTZ” was awarded with a badge “Honorary Railwayman”. A number of the Company’s employees were awarded with the Certificate of Honour of the Council for Rail Transport of the Commonwealth members.

More than 10 issues were considered and agreed upon to ensure the smooth operation of the railway transport, unimpeded movement of passenger and freight trains on the railway network of the countries participating in the meeting.
The plan of loading of cargoes in comparison with 2015 is executed on 100, 9%. In the first quarter of this year, compared with the same period in 2016 loading increased by 5.8%.

In the past year, 1946.9 million tons of cargo were transported, in the first quarter of 2017 - 480, 4 million tons of cargo.

JSC NC Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) is among the railway administrations that exceeded the accepted obligations for loading cargo in the past year and in the first quarter of this year (1.8% and 8.1% respectively).

In total for January-March, 2017 the company transported more than 4.5 thousand passengers.

(Source: KTZ)

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