The online shop for ETF (Railway Technical Publications) will help disseminate railway expertise:

ETF – Edition Techniques Ferroviaires (Railway Technical Publications) is available to help you purchase UIC publications from its bilingual (French-English) online shop. You can browse the UIC catalogues at any time, make online purchases using a bank card, and download publications in electronic format.

By launching this shop, ETF aims to better respond to the needs of UIC Members and its customers, particularly with regard to the following aspects:

  • Easier access to technical railway documentation via a subject menu (High Speed, Rolling Stock, Sustainable Development…)
  • Full range of UIC publications clearly classified into the various product categories
  • Research facilitated by a search engine with the possibility to sort and filter
  • Direct orders and secure online banking transactions via individual accounts, with cheque payments and bank transfers still possible of course,
  • Instant download of products in electronic format once payment is approved
  • Value-enhancing promotion of new products and UIC’s intellectual heritage

The ETF team is here to help:

For any information on any of the products please contact:

To place an order please contact:

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News from UIC members

Australia: Tas Liberals show commitment to long term infrastructure planning

The Tasmanian Government’s announcement to preserve the rail corridor between Hobart and Granton for light rail in the future is the sort of long term planning governments need, according to the Australasian Railway Association’s Chief Executive Officer, Danny Broad.

By preserving the rail corridor in Tasmania for when the light rail project is ready to come online, the state government is providing a clear vision for the future development of Tasmania; this direction will boost business confidence and help secure a pipeline of work.

The Australasian Railway Association has long called for effective, collaborative, long-term planning for transport infrastructure to allow for adequate work-force and project planning, and to spur productivity and economic growth. It is pleasing to see governments at all levels recognise the benefits light rail brings to our cities. Recent projects such as the light rail extension in Adelaide and the Gold Coast Light Rail have been very successful and popular,

said Mr Broad.

(Source: ARA)

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News from UIC members

United States: FRA extends comment period for NEC FUTURE

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced on January 25, 2016 that it will extend the formal comment period for the NEC FUTURE Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Tier 1 Draft EIS) until February 15, 2016.

The public comment period for the Tier 1 Draft EIS began on November 13, 2015. The comment period was originally scheduled to close on January 30, 2016. FRA has since decided to extend the comment period to allow for additional comments.

The Tier 1 Draft EIS, which can be reviewed at, broadly assesses impacts of an investment program to improve passenger rail service on the Northeast Corridor (NEC) between Washington, D.C., and Boston. It evaluates three action alternatives for the NEC in comparison with a “no action” alternative, and considers impacts to transportation, the economy, the built environment and natural resources.

The FRA held 11 public hearings throughout the Northeast region in December 2015 and January 2016 to solicit comments on the Tier 1 Draft EIS. The materials presented at these hearings are also available at The FRA will review all comments received to help inform the decision on a Preferred Alternative for NEC FUTURE.

Interested parties are encouraged to comment online at, via email at, or by mail to NEC FUTURE, U.S. DOT Federal Railroad Administration, One Bowling Green, Suite 429, New York, N.Y. 10004.

(Source: FRA)

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News from UIC members

Russia: Russian Railways to increase investment in purchase and renovation of electric trains in 2016

In 2016, Russian Railways will invest three billion roubles in new motorised multiple engine and carriage units. The company intends to purchase 82 ED4M and ED9E series electric train carriages manufactured by the Demikhovo Machine-Building Plant.

In addition to purchasing suburban rolling stock, Russian Railways also conducts an annual overhaul of its commuter fleet. In 2015, 923 motorised multiple unit railway carriages were overhauled at a cost of nearly 2.8 billion roubles. In 2016, the company plans to overhaul 956 cars of suburban railway carriages.

Under the company’s investment programme, Russian Railways purchased 70 motorised multiple units at a cost of over 2.67 billion roubles in 2015, procuring 64 ED9E series carriages made by the Demikhovo Machine-Building Plant (which make up 15 trains) and six carriages (two rail-mounted buses) produced by OJSC Metrovagonmash.

All new rolling stock designed for commuter rail is equipped with air conditioning, hermetically sealed inter-car gangways, sliding automatic plug doors, video surveillance systems, forced ventilation in the carriage vestibules and on-board diagnostic systems and monitoring of the trains’ condition.

(Source: RZD)

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News from UIC members

Latvia: LDz concludes the year with good freight transport results

55.6 million tons of freight were transported on Latvian Railway infrastructure in 2015.

The volume of freight in 2015 decreased slightly by 2.4% compared to 2014 when the volume of freight reached 57 million tons. The fall is small against the planned decrease of 20%.

Exported freight via stations at Latvian ports diminished considerably – by 37% (2.8 million tons of freight transported). Imported freight decreased by 2.3% (48 million tons of freight transported). At the same time, there was a considerable increase in domestic and overland transit transport – 1.6 million and 2.84 million tons of freight respectively, which is 33% and 53.7% more than in 2014.

With regard to the types of freight, the transport of the main group of freight – oil and oil products – grew by 2.2% (21.76 million tons), but the transport of the second largest group – coal – fell by 5.2% (19.1 million tons).

The volume of transported ferrous metals constituted 1.2 million tons of freight, which is 23.9% less than in 2014. The volume of transported mineral fertilisers decreased by 20.3% (3.7 million tons). The volume of transported mineral substances fell by 4% (1.1 million tons).

The volume of transported timber products grew by 52.5% (1.5 million tons), the volume of chemical cargoes increased by 4% (1.8 million tons). There was a considerable increase in the transport of sugar (+31.9%), as well as grain and flour products (+25.7%), 124 thousand and 1.8 million tons respectively.

(Source: LDz)

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News from UIC members

China: Global experts and scholars fuel the development of Hanergy School of Renewable Energy

On 11 January 2016, President Ning Bin met Prof. Philip Krein (Chairman), Prof. Michael Tse (Member) and Prof. Wang Leyi (Member) of the International Advisory Board of the Hanergy School of Renewable Energy (HASRE).

Ning Bin expressed gratitude to the three professors for offering valuable guidance and suggestions for the development of HASRE. He pointed out that BJTU (Beijing Jiaotong University) would strongly support the construction of HASRE and welcome more and more high-level global experts and scholars to offer suggestions and advice for HASRE.

Prof. Philip Krein expressed gratitude to BJTU for the hospitality on behalf of the International Advisory Board. He hoped that both sides would carry out further collaborations on teaching, faculty, research and the operational mode of HASRE.

During the visit, the guests also conducted in-depth discussions about HASRE’s strategic plan, faculty recruitment, curriculum development and internationalisation with principals from the School of Electrical Engineering and HASRE. In addition, they visited the State Key Lab of Rail Traffic Control and Safety, National Active Power Distribution Grid Technology Research Centre and History Museum.

Principals from the Hanergy School of Renewable Energy, School of Electrical Engineering and Office of International Affairs were also present at the meeting.

(Source: Beijing Jiaotong University – BJTU)

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11th edition of the World Congress on Railway Research (WCRR 2016) will take place in Milan from 29 May – 2 June 2016

Research & Innovation from Today Towards 2050

The World Congress on Railway Research is the world’s foremost international forum for the promotion, development and exchange of the latest innovations in the global rail industry. The international community of railway companies, researchers and other interested stakeholders will come together sharing experiences.

This 11th edition of the WCRR will be hosted by Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane Group and Trenitalia.

They will therefore also chair the “ORG” (Organisation) and the “EXE”(Executive) Committees whose members are made up of representatives of the WCRR founding members, AAR/TTCI, JR East/RTRI, UIC, DB, FSi/Trenitalia, RSSB UK, SNCF.

For this edition, the representatives of the European Association of the Railway Supply Industry UNIFE have also been invited to take part in both organisational committees as their members play an important role in the rail research and innovation activities in Europe and beyond.

Railway research and innovation that involve operators, infrastructure managers and industry planners, are not only related to technical areas, but they also pervade all industrial and financial processes needed to build and offer train services to customers in a higher-capacity, better-performing and more cost-effective railway.

This is the goal we will pursue in this WCRR edition with its conference theme Railway Research and Innovation from Today Towards 2050. Stimulating all railway stakeholders to show and share what they do to innovate their activities targeting, to deliver a better-performing, more sustainable railway and more attractive for new and existing customers into two horizons: a long term vision and the next future.

The WCRR 2016 will take place in Milan, Italy, in the heart of Europe, a world tourist and business destination, becoming the biggest ever rail conference/exhibition hosted in the region, with more than 1000 attendees from more than 30 nations around the world, more than 200 speakers, papers and proof of concept.

Don’t miss your opportunity to attend WCRR 2016.

For further information please email or

To consult the website please visit:

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Save the Date: The 6th Transport Research Arena (TRA) will take place in Warsaw, Poland from 18 – 21 April 2016

Moving Forward: Innovative Solutions for Tomorrow’s Mobility!

The PGE Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland will be the stage of the major European Conference on surface transport research, the 6th TRA – Transport Research Arena 2016.

TRA is supported by the European Commission, the Conference of European Road Directors, and the three European Transport Technology Platforms including ERRAC – the European Rail Research Advisory Council – and is hosted by the Polish Ministry of infrastructure and Development and the Road and Bridge Research Institute (IBDiM) of Poland.

The conference will take place from 18 – 21 April 2016, hosted together with other transport events. There will also be a unique exhibition for all the events taking place.

The theme of the 6th TRA will be – Moving Forward: Innovative Solutions for Tomorrow’s Mobility!

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General will be speaking in the third plenary session and UIC will have its own exhibition stand, displaying its work in the field of rail research.

The scope of the conference will cover all modes of surface transport: road, rail and waterborne, as well as co-modality, applied to both passenger and freight, in urban, inter-urban and long distance settings. Airports are integrated for their contribution to the transport systems.

The following multidisciplinary topics will be addressed at TRA 2016: Environment – Decarbonisation, Sustainability and Energy Efficiency; Vehicles & Vessels Technologies, Design and Production; Urban and Long-Distance People Mobility – Systems and Services; Urban and Long-Distance Freight Transport and Logistics; Safe, Secure and Resilient Transport Systems; Transport Infrastructure; Human Factors, Socio-Economics and Foresights; Automation and Connectivity; Enabling Environment for Innovation Implementation.

There will, of course, be a number of presentations and dedicated sessions on rail and rail research and innovation.

As a wide and open forum open to all interested parties, it is a unique occasion to promote and improve European competitiveness and efficiency in transportation. TRA is therefore the place to be for all colleagues interested in rail research, development and innovation and the role of rail within the European surface transport system.

NB: The Early Bird registration rate expires on 15 February 2016. This means that you have just under one week to benefit from almost 40% off the full price!

Registration for the conference is open:

For the conference programme please consult

For further information please contact Dennis Schut:

Or Isabelle De Keyzer:

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The Graffolution Workshop, organised by UIC on 3 February 2016, allowed rail end-users to test the Graffolution platform which is now taking off in Europe

The Graffolution Consortium, including the Project Coordinator SYNYO, and the UIC Security Division team, held the Graffolution Rail End-users Workshop at UIC Headquarters on 3 February 2016. Around 26 participants came from 10 different countries, representing 12 companies.

At the invitation of UIC, Security, Maintenance and Legal experts from UIC members attended a presentation of the project and its most important results. In addition, the participants had the opportunity to test the Graffolution platform, which delivers an extensive set of “Collaborative Tools and Resources” to empower transport operators and other stakeholders such as city administrations and law enforcement agencies to share knowledge and to create their own intervention strategies.

Overall, the workshop pointed out that future opportunities in responding effectively and appropriately to challenges associated with graffiti revolve around new collaborations, an increase in transparency and increased applications of ‘lateral thinking’. This means boosting one’s capacity and motivation to generate innovations and test new alternatives both within professional sectors and related communities and between them.

The participants particularly appreciated the balance between repressive and constructive strategies in graffiti prevention and found the platform relevant for the railway context. They agreed that innovative graffiti management should include both anti-social measures (such as surveillance, enforcement, quick graffiti removal etc.) and pro-social opportunities like encouraging artists, organising graffiti contests, promoting mural projects etc. The project proved that a combination of both these strategies is more effective than focusing only on one.

Additionally, railway end-users were committed to disseminating the Graffolution results and online platform within their organisations. The Graffolution Consortium members also used this workshop to collect feedback and input from the workshop participants in order to improve the finished platform for end-users.

The updated version is now available at The platform includes four parts: (1) an Open Information Hub (OIH); (2) a Collaborative Knowledge Base (CKB); (3) a Resource pool and (4) a Toolbox. Users are strongly invited to register on the platform as soon as possible in order to have free access to these last three components.

For the record, the Graffolution is a EU FP7 Project (No. 608152) that focuses on ‘smart responses’, multi-directional awareness and positive solutions for the wider public – including both those who are in charge of managing graffiti vandalism as well as those who construe street art as part of city regeneration, place making, creative or community action. The project is now coming to an end and the aim of the Consortium is to conduct large-scale dissemination. If it were to be extended thanks to the support of the European Commission, UIC would obviously continue to disseminate further and to encourage railway stakeholders to use the Graffolution platform.

For more information, please visit the project website at, subscribe to the Graffolution newsletter and follow the project on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

At UIC please contact Grigore Havârneanu:

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Station Managers’ Global Group (SMGG) took place on 2 February 2016 in Paris

On 2 February 2015 the SMGG meeting took place in Paris at UIC headquarters.
SMGG is the UIC group dedicated to railway stations. It comprises station managers of UIC members and is managed by Carlos Ventura, Director of Passenger Stations at ADIF (Spain).

UIC members represented at the meeting were: ADIF, SNCF Gares & Connexions, SNCB, DB Station&Service AG, RFI, RZD, CARS (Chinese representative), Indian Railways, KTZ and Japanese Railways.

UIC Headquarters was represented by Iñaki Barrón (Director of the High Speed and Passenger Department), Jacques Colliard (Head of the Security Division), Grigore Havarneanu (Research Advisor – Security Division), Gabriel Castañares (Senior Advisor of Energy and CO2), Beatrix Perrot (PA to the Directors of Freight and Passengers) and Marc Guigon (Senior Advisor for Passenger Transport).

The main points discussed at the SMGG meeting were:

  • Information about the next international conference on railway stations NEXTSTATION 2017 which will take place in Madrid in October 2017
  • The leaflet concerning information and signage in stations (413) will be updated and extended at global level. It has been decided to carry out this task in 2016 and 2017
  • Governance of stations. RZD and UIC have proposed documents describing the different types of governance for stations “Station Governance: Models and Practice”
  • Sustainable stations. A study will be launched concerning the best practices on sustainable stations, addressed to managers and designers of stations: Environment, technologies, organisations…
  • Security of stations. An analysis of the situation will be carried out

The next meeting will take place on 19 and 20 May 2016 (location to be determined).

For further information please contact Marc Guigon:

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Next meetings scheduled

  • 13 March 2019 European Management committee Riga
  • 19-20 March 2019 Rail System Forum Steering Board Paris, UIC HQ
  • 27 March 2019 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 2 April 2019 UIC Asia-Pacific Web Conference UIC HQ, Paris
  • 4-5 April 2019 Talent and Expertise Development Platform Vienna, Austria
  • 12 April 2019 UIMC management committee meeting Paris
  • 12 April 2019 SHERPA WS2 - Emerging threats Paris, UIC HQ
  • 16-17 April 2019 Rail System Forum Plenary Paris, UIC HQ
  • 17-19 April 2019 Asset Management Global Conference UIC HQ, Paris
  • 18-19 April 2019 First meeting of MENRTC (Middle East Network of Rail Training Centres) Istanbul
  • 25 April 2019 European Management committee Assistants Paris
  • 8 May 2019 Freight Forum RCA Vienna
  • 14-16 May 2019 UIC Global FRMCS Conference Paris, UIC HQ
  • 14-16 May 2019 UIC Global FRMCS Conference Paris, UIC HQ
  • 15-17 May 2019 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting Poznan, PL (PKP)
  • 16-18 May 2019 TopRail Forum Naples
  • 20-21 May 2019 Seminar on UIC Asia-Pacific Projects 2018-2020 Manila, PHILIPPINES
  • 21-23 May 2019 UIC-ADB Asia-Pacific Railway Innovations Forum Manila, PHILIPPINES
  • 21 May 2019 Preparatory Group 94th General Assembly Paris
  • 22 May 2019 European Management committee Assistants Paris
  • 23 May 2019 27th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly Manila, PHILIPPINES
  • 3-5 June 2019 1st Digital Conference Brussels
  • 15-16 June 2019 UIC Middle-East Regional Assembly Amman, Jordan
  • 18-20 June 2019 UIC Security Week Paris, UIC HQ
  • 24 June 2019 28th European Regional Assembly Budapest
  • 25 June 2019 Executive Board Budapest
  • 25 June 2019 94 General Assembly Budapest
  • 26 June 2019 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting DB AG BERLIN
  • 16 September 2019 APNRTC (Asia Pacific Network of Rail Training Centres) Moscow
  • 17-20 September 2019 Best HR and training practices for Railways Moscow
  • 24-25 September 2019 Rail System Forum Steering Board Paris, UIC HQ
  • 9-11 October 2019 5th UIC World Congress on Rail Training Rabat, Morocco
  • 16-19 October 2019 UIMC Scientific Congress and General Assembly Pietrarsa Napoli - Italy
  • 28-29 October 2019 28th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly Tokyo, JAPAN
  • 5 November 2019 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 5 November 2019 Freight Forum RCA Vienna
  • 6 November 2019 Safety Platform Plenary meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 11-14 November 2019 7th NEXTSTATION Tehran
  • 26 November 2019 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting UIC, Paris
  • 27 November 2019 Statistics Plenary Meeting UIC, Paris
  • 28 November 2019 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting UIC, Paris

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