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United States: Texas Eagle makes daily stops in a geologically rich and historic region

Amtrak will begin daily service in a region in Southern Missouri that has been without passenger rail service for 48 years when the Amtrak Texas Eagle (Trains 21/421 & 22/422) stops at the Arcadia Valley Station in Arcadia, Mo., on Nov. 20.

The city was added to the Amtrak national network largely through an advocacy and planning effort coordinated by Our Town Tomorrow (OTT), a local non-profit organization focused on community revitalization. A passenger platform was constructed and other improvements totaling more than $600,000 were made at a 75-year-old depot to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. OTT received funding from the Iron County Economic Partnership, the William Edgar Foundation and won a Transportation Enhancement Grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation.

This stop is the closest Amtrak station to the Missouri Ozarks region. It is near Taum Sauk, the highest peak in the St. Francois Mountains, the largest mountain range between the Appalachians and the Rocky Mountains. Three state parks, the Mark Twain National Forest, the Ozark Trail, float trips on Black River and numerous conservation and wilderness areas are also nearby. In addition, the Fort Davidson State Historic Site at Pilot Knob, where in 1864 an assault by Confederate troops left 1,500 soldiers dead or wounded, is in this region.

The idea of adding a stop in the Arcadia Valley on the Ozark Plateau was first suggested by residents at a 2010 meeting of the local chamber of commerce. At the time, the daily Texas Eagle passed by without a scheduled stop between St. Louis and Poplar Bluff, Mo., a distance of 169 miles. The greater Arcadia Valley had not had regular passenger rail service since 1968, when it was discontinued by the Missouri Pacific Railroad (MP).

MP opened the depot in Arcadia in 1941 to replace earlier structures located in Arcadia and nearby in Ironton, Mo. Due to the communities’ proximity, northbound trains had stopped only in the former while all southbound trains called on the latter.

The depot is owned by OTT and has housed the Arcadia Valley Chamber of Commerce and Iron County Historical Society Museum since 2008. Sited on the east side of Missouri Route 21 on the northern edge of town, the station is just south of the border with Ironton, the county seat. Amtrak customers will primarily use the new concrete platform built adjacent to the depot.

For more about the region, the depot and a detailed history, visit the Amtrak-sponsored Great American Stations website for the new Arcadia listing. Most Amtrak travel documents are eTickets sold via, our mobile apps or by calling 800-USA-RAIL. The Arcadia stop (station code ACD) is not staffed, with the nearest Amtrak ticket offices at the stations in St. Louis and Little Rock.

Daily adult coach fares from Arcadia, prior to discounting, range from $18-34 to St. Louis, $51-106 to Chicago, $42-96 to Little Rock and $92-178 to Ft. Worth. Three days weekly, adult coach fares range from $123-276 to El Paso, $155-276 to Tucson and $156-311 to Los Angeles, when a portion of the Texas Eagle (Trains 421 & 422) operates west of San Antonio with the Amtrak Sunset Limited (Trains 1 & 2).

The Texas Eagle also connects daily in Ft. Worth to the Amtrak Heartland Flyer (Trains 821 & 822), with service to Oklahoma City and adult coach through fares ranging from $123-229, also prior to discounting.

(Source: Amtrak)

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Germany: DB Schenker and MAN agree on platooning project

Logistics provider and truck manufacturer set up a partnership for the use of high-tech trucks on the A9 motorway • Parties sign Memorandum of Understanding

High-tech trucks on the highway: this is the first partnership between a logistics enterprise and a truck manufacturer to develop networked truck convoys and test their use in real operating conditions. DB Schenker and MAN have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to that effect and are initially planning to define the fundamental conditions for the project and subsequent practical trials. In 2018, they plan to operate a truck platoon on the Digital Motorway Testbed on the A9 motorway between the DB Schenker branches in Munich and Nuremberg. The second phase will involve the deployment of self-driving trucks on the DB Schenker grounds in Nuremberg.

Platooning refers to a system of vehicles for use in road traffic in which at least two trucks drive on the motorway with only a short distance between them with the help of technical driver assistance and control systems. All the vehicles in the platoon are linked up to each other by means of electronic “drawbars” in the form of car-to-car communication. The leading vehicle determines the speed and direction.

The distance between the individual trucks is around ten metres, equivalent to roughly half a second’s driving time. The electronic links between the individual vehicles in the platoon guarantee the safety of operations. The primary objective of this procedure is to enable slipstreaming and thus achieve fuel savings of up to ten per cent for the entire platoon. The reduction in fuel consumption also reduces carbon emissions.

“Our target is to become the driver of digital business models in the transport and logistics industry and to be the provider of choice for customers seeking both digital and non-digital services,” says Jochen Thewes, Chairman of the Management Board of DB Schenker. “We therefore welcome this opportunity to cooperate with MAN and test platooning at an early stage in day-to-day operations between land transport terminals. DB Schenker and MAN expect this partnership to generate new findings for optimising logistics processes.”

Ewald Kaiser, Member of the Management Board for Land Transport at DB Schenker, adds: “The project focuses on customer demand for completely transparent as well as faster and more eco-friendly processes. On the whole, we expect this to deliver a significant increase in efficiency by linking up new solutions with the logistics processes of our customers. We believe that networked and automated driving has enormous potential.”

Joachim Drees, Chairman of the Executive Boards of MAN SE and MAN Truck & Bus, emphasised the advantages of truck platoons from the point of view of the vehicle manufacturer: “Platooning is a real benefit to transport safety. Human error is unfortunately one of the most frequent causes of rear-end collisions. Linking trucks together electronically provides us with a promising approach to this problem. Slipstreaming brings a major reduction in fuel consumption in the process. At the same time platooning will enable us to make much more efficient use of the transport infrastructure.” He also underlined, however, that important pre-conditions for making platooning a standard procedure have yet to be created. “Whether the concept can be realised on a wide scale will depend to a large extent on the legal framework. MAN will offer such a system once the legal setting for it has been created.”

In the view of Joachim Drees the partnership with DB Schenker provides an ideal framework for testing platooning in day-to-day transport operations and for developing it further. “We want in particular to familiarise ourselves with the many and varied demands that practice imposes on the system and, together with our customer, develop solutions that will allow platooning to be used to the optimum.”
In the first phase of the project, DB Schenker and MAN Truck & Bus will clarify the fundamental issues for trial operations, identify suitable scenarios for testing platooning operations and define the technical and logistical requirements for the compilation of platoons. Another project area will deal with the collection and provision of the necessary information and the use of that information by the truck manufacturer and logistics specialist.

The partners will also look at the scope for combining platooning with other digital services as well as questions of costs and savings potential.

The project will additionally investigate the requirements that platooning drivers have to satisfy as well as the general impact of this new technology on the truck as a workplace, now and in future. “Many of these things are still a long way off into the future, but we wish to test and help to shape this future, and to provide inspiration and incentive,” says Jochen Thewes. “We want to integrate networked, self-driving trucks into our logistics processes and find out what benefits – apart from the savings in fuel consumption – can be achieved for our customers and operational processes.”

(Source: DB Schenker)

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Czech Republic: Travelling on the Ústí nad Orlicí - Letohrad line is now faster and more comfortable

SZDC (Správa železniční dopravní cesty), the Czech national railway infrastructure manager, has improved the parameters of the Ústí nad Orlicí – Lichkov rail line on the section between Ústí nad Orlicí and Letohrad railway stations. The main objective of the project was to update it in accordance with European parameters and standards.

Changes have been made to the railway superstructure, substructure and platforms at Dolní Dobrouč, Hnátnice and Dolní Libchavy railway stations. Lanšperk railway station has undergone visible modifications; repair works of two platforms as well as an ablation of unused tracks near the station building were carried out. Builders have erected a new external platform in the newly created space and simplified the configuration of the track. A new overhead contact line has been established here and lighting replaced. The station interlocking equipment and local cabling have been restored.

"The biggest benefit of the construction work on the 024 line has increased travelling comfort and safety. Implementation of the project has enabled faster line speeds on the section from Ústí nad Orlicí to Letohrad, which reflects positively on shortening journey times”, stated Mr Pavel Surý, Director General of SZDC.

The project was conducted in accordance with the global objective of Priority Axis 1 which is an improvement of railway transport on the Trans-European Network TEN-T. The construction implementation has increased transport availability. Other positive impacts include reducing operating costs and ensuring railway capacity and quality of railway traffic for a prospective range of transport. Another positive impact of the project is the increased safety and continuity of railway transport.

The estimated total cost of the construction for Line 024 Ústí nad Orlicí – Lichkov, Section Ústí nad Orlicí – Letohrad is around CZK 550,311,173 (VAT excluded) – around 20 million euros. The project was approved for co-financing by the European Union within the Operational Programme Transport. The planned amount of the contribution from the Cohesion Fund represents up to CZK 384,840,906 – around 14 million euros. National financing was secured by the State Fund for Transport Infrastructure. The contractor was the company Chládek a Tintěra, Pardubice a.s. a Porr a.s.

(Source: SZDC)

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Renato Mazzoncini, CEO of Italian Railways Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane (FS) succeeds Oleg Belozerov as the new Chairman of UIC, the worldwide railway organisation

Isa Apaydın, President and Director General of Turkish State Railways (TCDD) elected new UIC Vice Chairman

During the 89th General Assembly of UIC held in Saint Petersburg at the invitation of Russian Railways (RZD), Mr Renato Mazzoncini, CEO of Italian Railways Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane (FS) was unanimously elected new UIC Chairman as the successor of Mr Oleg Belozerov, President of JSC Russian Railways (RZD) for the two-year term 2017-2018. Russian Railways had successfully chaired the International railway association during two successive mandates from 2013 to 2016. Mr Oleg Belozerov becomes the new Chairman of the UIC Asia-Pacific Region.

The UIC General Assembly also unanimously elected Mr Isa Apaydın, President of the Board and Director General of Turkish State Railways TCDD and currently Chairman of the UIC Middle-East Region, as the new Vice Chairman of the worldwide railway association.

Mr Renato Mazzoncini, the newly elected UIC Chairman, addressed the General Assembly Members in the following terms:

First of all, I wish to pay tribute, both in my personal capacity and on behalf of the international railway community, to the significant and constructive role that Mr Oleg Belozerov has played since August 2015 when he was called to replace Mr Vladimir Yakunin, former Chairman of Russian Railways and also Chairman of UIC. Taking on such a role at international level in such challenging times demonstrates how Russian Railways have always been keen to develop the UIC values of Unity, Solidarity and Universality. I would also like to recognise the role that East Japan Railways has played to restore, together with Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC’s credibility through difficult times. Please accept our gratitude Mr Seino in relation to that.

He continued:

Huge investment programmes are under way or have been envisaged on rail at world level. The European Union has been pursuing Trans European Transport Corridors for almost 20 years now and the recent launch of the Juncker plan might help fund technologies on rail; China has developed in the last 15 years an impressive high speed rail system with huge investments; the President-elect of USA is also proposing extensive investments in their country; India is on the verge of a new rail deal; all major world economies are considering developing new corridors comprising rail high speed, including Russia where long distances are much more challenging. In this context, UIC is called to play a substantial and significant role to collect and mutualise experiences as well as advise. Intercontinental corridors must remain a permanent subject for our association, the infrastructure department shall keep a permanent eye on rail and multimodal corridors, freight and passengers.

Concerning the global positioning of UIC, he added:

UIC cooperation with the United Nations bodies and its consultative status reclassification among the non-governmental organisations, are giving us the opportunity to better influence the UN events agenda, on issues such as intercontinental corridors, the recent COP22 conference and the work on the Global Sustainable Transport Outlook report titled “Mobilising Sustainable Transport for Development” issued by the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport.

Mr Mazzoncini continued to insist on the importance of multimodality and cooperation with all partners involved in the mobility system: “Relying on the work that we are already developing to build a sustainable urban mobility, the railways need to collaborate with all public stakeholders to get better solutions for our customers. Four billion people out of the world’s seven billion live in big cities. These numbers give us the right indication where the railway community has more of a chance to tackle the fight against congestion, pollution and noise. I believe that UIC has to further develop this issue working at worldwide level with organisations such as the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) and all organisations with competence for Transport and Mobility issues.”

Mr Isa Apaydın, new UIC Vice Chairman addressed the UIC members as follows:

Feeling honoured to be elected as the Vice Chairman of UIC, I will also welcome this great opportunity to work for the common interests of the railway family within the deep-rooted principles of UIC.

He continued:

In a globalising world, we need to put emphasis on the vitality of sustainable railway policies and regional development and cooperation; the requirement for interconnectivity and interoperability of projects conducted in each member country in terms of the effective use of international railway corridors; standardisation; investments in the field of railway research and development and the inevitability of mainstream digitalisation. I particularly put my faith in the need for the eco-friendly railway to take its well-deserved place among the other transport modes. Within this scope, even though we have different systems, dialogue, knowledge and expertise exchanges within the UIC platform are important issues in order to advance further in the global railway sector.

Biography of Renato Mazzoncini, new UIC Chairman

Born in 1968 in Brescia, with a degree in Electrical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano (Polytechnic University of Milan), Renato Mazzoncini promoted the joint venture in Busitalia which today still binds Autoguidovie to the FS Group. As CEO of the two companies, he worked on the development and consolidation of the national leading operator of local public transport on road and underground. In 2005 he concluded a company joint venture agreement between Autoguidovie and the French public transport company Transdev (Caisse des Dépôts group), and represented Italy on the board until 2008.

CEO of Busitalia (2012-2015), CEO and Chairman of Ataf Gestioni (2012-2015), CEO and Director General of Autoguiovie (Ranza group), Transystem (Ansaldo Trasporti group), Mr Renato Mazzoncini was appointed CEO and Director General of the Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane Group (FSI) from December 2015.

Mr Renato Mazzonciniis actively involved on the scene of international railway cooperation as Vice President of the International Union of Railways (UIC), Member of the European Management Committee of UIC Europe and Member of the CER Management Committee.

Biography of İsa Apaydın, new UIC Vice-Chairman

İsa Apaydın was born in 1965 in Ankara. He graduated in 1987 from the Faculty of Engineering (department of Metallurgical Engineering) of Istanbul Technical University. He received his Master’s Degree in 1996 from the Faculty of Engineering (department of Metallurgical Engineering) of Sakarya University.

Mr Apaydın started work as an engineer at the Directorate General of Turkish State Railways (TCDD) in 1987 and was assigned various positions. He worked as Deputy Director General and Member of the Board of TCDD from 2005 – 2015. Mr Apaydın, was appointed Advisor in the Ministry in 2015, took office of Chairman of the Board and Director General of TCDD on 13 May 2016.

Mr Apaydın held many tasks and responsibilities during his tenure of Deputy Director General. Many projects in the fields of “National Train Project”, improvement of structure for Research-Development and training and etc. were carried out under the responsibility of Mr Apaydın for the construction and commissioning of high speed and rapid railway projects, maintenance and rehabilitation of the existing system and establishment of domestic railway industry.

Mr Apaydın has held many high-level positions, among them: National Train Project Execution Group Administration, Membership of General Assembly for European Railway Research Council, Chairmanship of Organising Committee for 1st International Railway Symposium, for 2nd International Railway Symposium and 1st UIC Global Conference on Train Management and Control Systems in Istanbul, etc.

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89th UIC General Assembly was held on 1 December in Saint Petersburg

New UIC Governance for 2017-2018 with Mr Renato Mazzoncini as new UIC Chairman and Mr Isa Apaydın as new UIC Vice Chairman
Several cooperation agreements signed, among them a Technical Cooperation Agreement with ISO.

The Executive Board and 89th General Assembly of the International Union of Railways (UIC) were held on 1 December in Saint Petersburg, at the invitation of JSC Russian Railways (RZD). The meetings were chaired by UIC Chairman Mr Oleg Belozerov, President of RZD, together with Mr Renato Mazzoncini, CEO of Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane (FS) and Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General.
Mr Belozerov, who terminates his mandate after four years of successful UIC Chairmanship held by JSC Russian Railways, addressed UIC General Assembly Members. He said:

It is the only railway organisation without borders, and for almost a century it has proved that it fully meets the requirements of its members. In addition to expanding the geography of its members, UIC has experienced institutional growth – it has been elevated to special consultative status in the UN’s Economic and Social Council, which opens up extensive opportunities for fulfilling the interests of our members and for enabling them to undertake multilateral cooperation in United Nations arenas. The whole four-year period of the Russian Railways chairmanship of UIC has seen significant achievements through our joint efforts in terms of the goals and key strategies enshrined in the organisation’s programme of activity.

He continued:

We have taken a major step forward in assessing the prospects for developing rail transport in the context of global trends in economics, production, trade and investment. We have drawn up concept plans for the medium-term and long-term development of rail transport for all six regional assemblies. This has brought us closer to our main aim – to create a unified global UIC strategy for the development of rail transport, the structure of which has been approved by all the regional assemblies.
Within the framework of this unified concept plan we need to work out practical approaches to address the challenges faced by all of UIC’s members and the global railway community.
And: We insist on the need to increase the role of rail transport in economic development, trade and sustainable mobility. In recent years the voice of UIC has been clearly heard within other international organisations, at international conferences and symposiums, and also in the drafting of foundational documents on transport policy. A striking example of this was UIC’s participation in major events such as the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the UN Global Sustainable Transport Conference, and the High-Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport.

New UIC Governance for 2017-2018

The UIC General Assembly Members unanimously elected Mr Renato Mazzoncini, CEO of Italian Railways Ferrovie Dello Stato Italiane (FS) as the new Chairman of UIC and successor of Mr Oleg Belozerov, President of JSC Russian Railways (RZD) who becomes the new Chairman of the UIC Asia-Pacific Region.
Mr Isa Apaydın, President of the Board and Director General of Turkish State Railways (TCDD), current Chairman of UIC Middle East Chairman, was unanimously elected new UIC Vice Chairman.
This new UIC Governance concerns the 2017-2018 term.

Technical Cooperation Agreement signed with ISO

During the General Assembly, several agreements were signed: among them, one with the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), one with the International Federation of Culture and Leisure Associations of Railwaymen (FISAIC), one with the Union of Railway Constructors (SSZD) and last but not least, one with International Standards Organisation (ISO).

Dr Zhang Xiaogang, President of ISO, gave a keynote speech just before to sign a Technical Cooperation Agreement with UIC, together with Mr Loubinoux.
Dr Zhang said:

ISO and UIC have long collaborated together and many of your experts have effectively contributed to the work of ISO in areas supporting the rail sector and vice versa. I am very pleased to announce today that this relationship has just become stronger with the signing of a cooperation agreement. This agreement will help us to improve the way we work together in order to foster growth and innovation in the railway industry for years to come.

He added:

This agreement specifically concerns our technical committee TC 269 on “Railway Applications”, which develops standards for systems, products and services directly related to the railway sector.
Under this new agreement our experts will form a strategic liaison group, where they will review areas of existing cooperation and identify work that might be similar in the future in order to minimise duplication.
UIC and ISO will also work together to identify new areas of mutual interest to ensure that, together, we can better anticipate the needs of this fast-moving industry.
Under this agreement, both organisations will be kept up-to-date regarding areas of common interest meaning helping us to use our resources more efficiently. In addition, we will investigate ways in which we can develop standards together more efficiently.

Report of UIC Director General on the association’s activities

UIC Director General Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux reviewed the main significant achievements of UIC since the last General Assembly in Rome last July. He said:

This assembly offers us a double symbol; a symbol of density (a lot of fruitful meetings organised in Saint Petersburg) and a symbol of stability, after four years of Japanese chairmanship and four years of Russian chairmanship.

He highlighted the high profile and global dimension of UIC, through the special status of UIC at the UN and he recalled the main achievements of UIC concerning fundamental railway values: Safety, security, innovation, sustainable development, standardisation, and transmission of knowledge. UIC’s core mission continues to be the development of UIC as a neutral technical platform of expertise recognised at world level. He emphasised as an example the work to define a global framework for traffic management and a communication system for railways of future generations FRMCS (Future Railway Mobile Communication System), as a global project.

He also underlined the recognition of UIC’s neutral expertise through developing relationships with development banks such as recently with the Asian Development Bank and in 2016 with the European Investment Bank.
In the technical field, one of the main results in 2016 is the finalisation of a number of International Railway Solutions IRS (20 IRS will be available at the end of this year), what demonstrates the role of UIC as a standard setting organisation (IRS are standardised processes).

Appointments in UIC working bodies and UIC HQ

The following appointments announced by the UIC Director General were confirmed:

Rail System Forum: Mr Francisco Cardoso dos Reis (IP) and Mr Andrew Doherty (Network Rail) as Co-Chairs of the UIC Rail System Forum for 2017-2018. They succeed Mr Luc Lallemand, CEO of Infrabel.

Digital Platform: Mr Evgeny Charkin (CIO RZD) and Mr Bjorn Westerberg (CEO ASTOC) as Co-Chairs of the UIC Digital Platform (if ASTOC confirms UIC Membership) for 2017-2018, to succeed Mr Yves Tyrode from SNCF.

Safety Platform: Mr Frédéric Delorme, Director General Safety at SNCF as UIC Safety Platform Chairman for 2017-2018, to succeed Mr Peter Kleinschuster from ÖBB.

International Railway Research Board IRRB: Mr Boris Lapidus (RZD) was renewed as IRRB Chairman for three years. Roman Sterba, Ms Brown (ACRI), Mr Zurkowski, Mr Kandemir, Prof. Robinson (University of Newcastle) were respectively appointed as vice-chairpersons of IRRB for a three-year mandate (2017-2019).

Appointments at UIC HQ: Mrs Sandra Géhénot as Freight Director, Ms Marie Plaud as Communications Director, Mr Paul Véron as Director, attached to the Director General, in charge of improving the interface with members and partners.


Presentations of accounts and budget for 2017 were approved.
For the first time, a three-year Business Plan 2017-2019 has been presented to the UIC General Assembly Members.

Reports from the Chairmen of the UIC Regions

During the Assembly, the main achievements attained by the UIC regions were presented by:

  • Mr Said Chandid, on behalf of Mr Mohamed Khlie, Director General of ONCF, Chairman of UIC Africa Region
  • Mr Satoshi Seino, Chairman of JR East, as Chairman of UIC Asia-Pacific Region
  • Mr Bernard Guillelmon, President of BLS, as Chairman of UIC Europe
  • Mr Isa Apaydin, President of the board and Director General of TCDD, as Chairman of UIC Middle-East Region
  • Mr Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, President of VIA Rail Canada, Chairman of UIC North America Region.

New UIC Membership

The UIC General Assembly welcomed as new UIC Members:

African Region: Société Djiboutienne des Chemins de Fer (SDCF) Djibouti as affiliate member; Asia-Pacific Region: Southwest Jiaotong University as affiliate member; European Region: B-Logistics, Belgian freight operator as active member; Rail Safety & Standards Board (RSSB) UK, as affiliate member; ASTOC, Association of Swedish Operating Companies, as active member (letter of intent); Latin American region: ADIFSE, Infrastructure Manager from Argentina as associate member; North America: Railway Association of Canada (RAC) as affiliate member.

For further information please contact the UIC Communications Department:

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Latest news on Railway Talents

The Railway Talents project, a UIC initiative, aims to redefine talent development and training in the global rail industry by setting up a management development programme, fostering international cooperation and promoting rail careers. Please discover below the latest initiatives heading towards our aim to create “a better and more sustainable future for the railways.”

Mentoring programme

With the mentoring scheme, we aim at setting up a programme to attract and retain Talents in rail that goes beyond national standards in education and training. Talent Ambassadors set the goal of developing a (virtual) international mentorship within the Talent network to foster success in rail careers.

In order to help them, we are seeking information about the types of mentoring programmes currently on offer in companies that may be in place for various groups of rail employees in different types of job functions. We would also like to know whether there are employees who would like to participate in the UIC TALENT Mentoring programme as a mentor or mentee.

Our survey will take no more than 15 minutes to complete and will be open until 20 December 2016, with the results available in February 2017.


We are also developing a tailored training programme of rail eCourses for UIC members and other stakeholders.

In order to efficiently organise this initiative, the UIC Expertise Development Unit would like to invite you to share your opinions on the possible forms and content of e-Courses that would be of interest for the rail community.

This survey should take you no longer than 20 minutes and would contribute a great deal!

Join us!

Here is everything you need to know about Railway Talents:

You can also learn about the latest developments of the project in our third newsletter, as well as read about future prospects in the Railway Gazette. ‘Developing a railway of all the talents’ ---> if you are reading Railway Gazette, check page 49 in November’s issue for our article about the Railway Talents project:

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UIC Global Research & Innovation Awards 2016 Ceremony held on 1 December 2016 in Saint Petersburg

The award ceremony for the third edition of the UIC Global Research & Innovation Awards took place on 1 December 2016 as part of the UIC General Assembly Gala Dinner.

Of the well over 70 applicants, winners were awarded within six main categories. In addition, two others were honoured during the ceremony with the UIC Award for the best Young Researcher and the Award for Lifetime Achievement in Research & Innovation.

Winners in the six main categories were:

Safety & Security Award – Mr Jun Izawa, a senior Researcher at the Centre for Railway Earthquake Engineering Research of the Japanese Railway Technical Research Institute. The award was presented to him for the development of the earthquake disaster simulator for railways against mega-scale earthquakes.

Sustainable Development Award – Mr Takamitsu Yamamoto, the project leader for the development of the fuel cell train in Japan at the Railway Technical Research Institute (RTRI). He was awarded for his excellent work on the development of the fuel cell driven train.

Rail System Award – this award was accepted by Mrs Doris Danzinger of the Austrian Railways (ÖBB) representing Award winner Mr Georg Pöppl. Mr Pöppl is responsible for the Life-Cycle-Management of the power plants of ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG. He was awarded for his research and development of the world’s first 16.7 photovoltaic power plant for traction power.

Passenger Service Award – the winner, Mr Yoshiki Sugahara is the Chief researcher at the running gear laboratory, of the Vehicle structure technology division at the Railway Technical Research Institute in Tokyo, Japan. He was awarded for his research and development of vertical vibration control system for improving the ride comfort of railway vehicles. The award was accepted on his behalf by his colleague Mr Nishie of RTRI – Japan.

Rail Freight Service Award – Mr Jong Un Won works as Principal Researcher at the Logistics System Research Division of the Korea Railroad Research Institute – KRRI. He has won the award for his innovative work on the IoT (Internet of Things)-based real time freight cars and hazardous freight monitoring system.

Cost Reduction Award – Mr Tsutomu Watanabe works as Researcher in the Structural Mechanics Laboratory for the ladder track research team of the Railway Technical Research Institute – RTRI - in Japan. He was awarded for his contribution to the development and practical application of the Ladder track, the world’s first longitudinal sleeper – the Ladder Sleeper – made of pre-stressed concrete beams connected with steel bars.

The Young Researcher Award went to Mr Igor Lopez, researcher and PhD candidate at the University of the Basque Country since 2013. He received his Master’s Degree in Information, Systems and Technology from the University of Paris Sud and his Engineering degree from the University of the Basque Country in 2012. In 2015 he was a visiting researcher at UIC, where he collaborated in the Argus project related to cyber-security in the railway domain. He was awarded for his research and developmental work aimed at improving the ERTMS system.

Finally, Prof. Boris Lapidus received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for his many years of stimulating and innovative work at the service of the railways. Professor Lapidus is also the driving force behind the UIC International Rail Research Board. His offer to lead the work of the IRRB for the next three-year term was welcomed and endorsed by the members of the General Assembly during its St-Petersburg meeting.

More information and contact details about the award winning research & innovation activities of the above mentioned winners as well as of other high scoring applicants will be published regularly in future issues of the UIC eNews.

The jury for the UIC Awards consisted of the members of the UIC IRRB, supported by their organisations’ experts in the relevant areas.

The UIC IRRB is open to all members as well as to specialist rail research institutes and academia (who can apply for the Limited Affiliate UIC Membership).

UIC and in particular the members of the IRRB wish to thank RZD Russian Railways for their support in organising the Awards Ceremony as part of the magnificent Gala Dinner.

For more information about the UIC International Rail Research Board – IRRB and the Global Research & Innovation Awards, please contact Dennis Schut:

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International Railway Summit to be held at UIC Headquarters from 15 – 17 February 2017

UIC is delighted to welcome the 4th edition of the successful International Railway Summit to its Paris headquarters on 15 – 17 February 2017.

International Railway Summit is a meeting of the world’s key rail operators and leading technical experts.

The event features:

  • A full conference programme delivered by industry leaders and curated by International Railway Journal
  • Pre-arranged one-to-one consultation meetings between rail operators and technical experts
  • High-level networking over lunches, dinners and a technical visit

UIC’s Director General, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, will give the opening keynote speech on “What does the future hold for rail?”

Other key speakers include:

  • Josef Doppelbauer, Executive Director, EU Agency for Railways
  • Alain Flausch, Secretary General, UITP
  • Carlo Borghini, Executive Director, Shift2Rail
  • Jeremy Long, CEO, European Business. MTR Corporation
  • Erich Forster, CEO, Westbahn
  • Chris Ham, Head of Rolling Stock Procurement, HS2
  • Philippe Citroën, Director General, UNIFE
  • Nicolas Castres-Saint-Martin, Chief Technology Officer, Alstom
  • Michel Quidort, Member of the Board, FNAUT

I’m particularly pleased that UIC, the platform recognised at the worldwide level for technical exchanges, can host such an event. I’m also pleased to welcome this summit and to participate with our members and partners. Through its well-balanced agenda, presentations from keynote speakers, panel discussions and the bilateral contacts with very senior executives from within, and external to, the rail sector, this event is a particularly interesting one and I look forward to personally welcoming very many of you to Paris and exchanging on a wide range of topical subjects with you.

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General, UIC

A well-organised event with excellent networking opportunities. A good mixture of conference programme and 1:1 sessions in superb surroundings.

Jan Grothe, Head of Procurement Principles & IT Systems, Deutsche Bahn

Interested in attending? As a UIC member you could be eligible for a free VIP place.
UIC members not eligible for a VIP pass will still receive an exclusive 20% discount code, subject to availability. Visit for full details.

To book your place or learn more about International Railway Summit, please contact Chandini Saikia at, or by phone at +44 20 7112 5347.

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Successful UIC-RZD Digital Conference held on 30 November 2016 in St Petersburg

“More trains, More connections, Better services for our customers”

In the framework of the UIC statutory meetings, UIC and Russian Railways (RZD) organised a digital conference on the theme “More trains, More connections, Better services for our customers” on 30 November in St Petersburg.

This conference follows a series of events already planned since the creation of the UIC Digital Platform one year ago in November 2015 and which brought together representatives of the digital field among UIC Members at global level.

On 30 November 2016, this second digital conference brought together representatives of UIC Members as well as start-ups and actors in the digital field.

Mr Evgeny Charkin (IT Director of the JSC “Russian Railways”), who became Co-Chairman of the UIC Digital Platform during the UIC General Assembly on 1 December, and Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC, introduced the conference.

Mr Charkin said: “Regarding big data and IoT, we need to share knowledge, we need to benchmark. We also need standards as we talked about global infrastructure. And as shown today, we have started to build our eco-system together. Presentations given by start-ups were bright and had great potential. We have to continue to build this eco-system to face further digital challenges”.

Mr Loubinoux said: “We are living today in the Digital Era. Today, digital is everywhere. Transport modes and railways as the backbone must take advantage of this new opening. This is not an option…this is imperative. The role of UIC is to provide input, to provide the development framework of a Digital Hub; this role is not to develop projects for itself. Our motto is “Share-open-connect”; open up the relationship with incubators, universities, start-ups. We can all take benefit from this cooperation (not competition!). Share vision, best practices, data. Connect to each others, to others. That is the sense and philosophy of our 1st UIC Digital Awards! The next steps will be to go further with, among others, the development of several Proof of Concepts and then possible IRS. All these developments are included in the UIC Digital Progress paper available online on the UIC website”.

Around 10 presentations were given during this conference, highlighting different aspects around three main themes:

  • “More trains/ freights/ passengers”
  • “Better connectivity”
  • “More services to clients”

This conference gave participants from all continents and from the railways as well as start-ups the opportunity to share the latest information on these themes and hold lively discussions.
During this conference, the three winners of the 1st UIC Digital Awards also had the opportunity to present their projects to railway CEOs in the categories Productivity (the winner was start-up Datadvance, from Russia), Services (the winner was start-up Glowee from France), Safety (the winner was start-up Borna, from Iran).

More details on the presentations as well as on the 1st UIC digital Awards will be published in the next UIC eNews.

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Average rating: 5 / 5


Three sports challenges awarded by UIC and USIC in St Petersburg

Two 2017 USIC sports challenges will have a charitable aim

In the framework of the UIC Statutory Meetings held in St Petersburg last week, Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, and Mr Dominique Paget, Chairman of the International Railway Sports Association (USIC), presented the 2015 sports trophies to the three USIC sports members, as announced in Rome during the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding between both organisations.
This sports ranking rewards the members of USIC who have achieved the best results during the 2014/2015 season.

  • 3rd: Germany represented by Jürgen Happich (President of Verband Deutscher Eisenbahner - Sportvereine), Germany
  • 2nd: Russia represented by Mr Artem Dorozhkin on behalf of Mr Ilya Vdovin (President of Russian Lokomotiv Athletic Association), Russia
  • 1st: Bulgaria represented by Ognyan Rajdavichki (President of Railwayman Club), Bulgaria

This ceremony was also the opportunity to announce that two 2017 USIC sports challenges will have a charitable aim for the first time in this cooperation between UIC and USIC.

Although USIC has a few technical details to address, these challenges should concern bowling in Bulgaria and badminton in Switzerland.
These events will be also opened to other participants, partners and sponsors. Sponsors will be invited to make donations in aid of a humanitarian cause. Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux also suggested organising a World Chess Challenge in December 2017 at UIC Headquarters.

More information on this project will be published in a forthcoming issue of UIC eNews.

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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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