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UIC, together with Italian Railways (FS Italiane) organised the 6th Global Rail Freight Conference GRFC in Genoa, Italy

“Modal Integration at the Service of Global Distribution”

For one-and-a-half days, the 6th UIC Global Rail Freight Conference (GRFC), one of the leading events dedicated to rail freight transport and logistics at world level, was held from 26 – 28 June 2018 in Genoa, Italy, at the historic venue of Palazzo Ducale. This event, prepared in a close cooperation between UIC and Italian Railways FS Italiane, is a landmark for all actors of the logistics chain. Genoa is the south terminal of the Rhine-Alpine Corridor, one of nine multimodal TEN-T Corridors under development to boost the growth and competitiveness of the European economy in a sustainable way and a port open to world trade.

This 6th UIC GRFC washeld under the Patronage of the Region of Liguria with the support of a number of leading international organisations and associations including OTIF, CIT, BIC, ESC, IHHA, UIP, UIRR, UN Ro-Ro. BIC, Alstom and Ansaldo sponsored the event.

The motto of the 2018 GRFC edition was “Modal Integration at the Service of Global Distribution”. During the opening session, high level personalities addressed participants with several key messages.

Renato Mazzoncini, CEO FS Italiane, UIC Chairman, highlighted the challenges ahead: “The European land freight transport market is expected to grow by 30% by 2030, target of the COP 21/23 agreement, with a massive impact on environment and society. Rail freight transport currently represents only 11.9% of modal share in Europe and a growth of 30% by 2030 would not be sufficient to deliver a major positive impact to the world economic growth and to the advancement of the European transport system. Rail needs to grow its modal share to 30%. The estimated impact of a linear growth of rail modal share from 12% in 2018 to 30% in 2030 would be quite impressive. The economic gains would be around 100 billion euros thanks to fewer externalities, 290 million tonnes of CO2 would be saved, 40,000 premature deaths from pollution avoided and 5,000 fatalities caused by truck accidents averted. The shift of freight transportation to Rail offers an exceptional convergence between the rail sector and the European climate challenge policy objectives. At world level the figures say that the rail modal share is 6.9 % while road is at 20.2% and navigation at 72.2%.
An effective strategy for establishing rail freight as the backbone infrastructure of global sustainable trade nowadays shall extend far beyond the transport sector and the railways. On the contrary it shall aim to deliver seamless integrated and multimodal logistics services with a global outreach and we shall transform ourselves into a global integrated railway logistics player, open to innovation and to the greatest technological enhancements.”

On the subject of sustainable finance, he said: “We agree on the urgency of activating the first stage to build a robust but dynamic “Sustainable Finance Taxonomy”, to ensure market consistency and clear guidance about what is green, social and related to good governance. To this end, current green bonds would be strengthened for instance in Europe by introducing an official EU Green Bond Standard (EU GBS) and considering an EU Green Bond label or certificate, subject to mandatory external review, in order to guarantee positive impact investments”.

And finally, he said: “The completion of the networks shall be accompanied with a harmonised deployment of ERTMS along the corridors, as it will be crucial to ensure improved use and increased density, allowing the supply of multiple and flexible service options. Furthermore, technologic and horizontal investments, such as those on ERTMS, will require sustainable and improved financial instruments, capable of combining public support with private investments and financial leverage, and I look forward to a fruitful discussion on this topic."

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC, stressed the "uniqueness of the event – it is a privileged moment for all. Unique because this is a truly global event with attendees from China, all over Europe, Iran, India, South Africa, Russia, United States, Africa – Morocco, Senegal. This is the illustration of UIC’s work as a facilitator by the definition of specific cooperation activities among members in each of the six UIC Regions, in close cooperation with international organisations and regional institutions such as development banks. Unique because each edition looks at new aspects shaping our sector.

This year’s edition:

  • Welcomes trend-setters and creative thinkers
  • Focuses on the sustainability challenge and also from a financial angle
  • Is also proud to give the floor to a start-up who will present real blockchain demonstrators
  • When looking at corridors, we will have the pleasure to discover new corridors and tangible developments

Two years ago, in Rotterdam, the moto was “Shaping the business of the future” where partnerships between modes were already at the heart of our discussions.
The title of this year’s edition will go even further and will address “Modal integration at the service of global distribution” – wishing therefore to further capitalise on modal synergies and complementarities."

He added: “Trend-setters and analysts will share their experience and vision about what shapes our industry today and tomorrow. With the demand for transport increasing, we collectively need to work towards a sustainable society where each transport mode has to play its role. With innovation we can break new ground and address the current challenges of sustainability and productivity.


  • A vector of growth both in Europe and in the rest of the world
  • A vector of peace

UIC as the global railway organisation is particularly committed to support – in technical, operational, organisational terms – the development of competitive corridors for rail freight.
Through its projects or cooperation structures such as ECCO the Stakeholder Group, UIC contributes to the definition and implementation of a more attractive and competitive offer on corridors, trans-European as well as transcontinental corridors."

Several other prominent personalities also welcomed participants to the 6th Global Rail Freight Conference: Giovanni Toti, President of the Region of Liguria, Stefano Balleari, Deputy Mayor of Genoa, responsible for Mobility and Public Transport, Carlo Borghini, Executive Director, Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking.

For one-and-a-half days, representatives of institutions, companies and the logistics world exchanged and debated on the following main challenges:

  • Mega Trends in Global Logistics
  • The race towards sustainability
  • Sustainable finance
  • Blockchain technology
  • Globalisation, Innovation and Connectivity
  • Rail freight corridor developments and the new Silk Roads
  • Integrity of the Logistics Chain

More details on these themes will be available in the next UIC eNews.

To conclude, UIC Chairman Renato Mazzoncini took away three ideas from this successful GRFC Conference in Genoa:

In order to reverse the trends of too weak market shares, railways have to rethink their business models worldwide.
There are great opportunities with digitalisation. Innovation by rail is less than in other transport sectors. But railways can use innovative solutions that already exist in other sectors.
Sustainability of mobility will increasingly be the major issue. It is not possible to envisage further economic growth without paying more attention to the sustainability issue. That is a strong advantage for our transport mode and we have to further work on its sustainability.

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, highlighted five "C"s to conclude this event:

  • Complementarity (cooperation, co-petition, multimodality...)
  • Corridors: fascinating presentations, fantastic news about the intercontinental rail freight corridors, already a reality or planned corridors, e.g. the New Rail Silk Roads....
  • Connectivity thanks to the digital input. Already PoCs.... UIC has to act as a platform for sharing and connecting
  • Culture, an important dimension, to destroy the walls and build bridges, between continents, countries, between railways, between railways and their partners and customers…
  • Columbus (born in Genoa). He thanked all the participants and speakers for their presence and thanked high-level authorities from Genoa, regional (Liguria) and national authorities from Italy, demonstrating the value and importance of this 6th GRFC global conference.

During the gala dinner, the President of Italian Railways Gioia Ghezzi said: “We can do a lot. We are part of the solution. To shift from road to rail. We have not yet managed the shift from road to rail. Both issues and solutions are known. Our focus now is the implementation of the solutions. Our customers want more and more sustainable solutions. Regulators and Investors are also pushing in this direction. We also have to educate our customers”.

She finished by saying:

  • We should not be afraid of competition or cooperation to achieve interoperability – the competitor is the road sector
  • Let’s continue to invest in R&D and innovation; we are not innovating enough
  • Each of us can become an ambassador of rail; let’s educate our customers daily on the importance of moving from road to rail to achieve sustainable solutions. Rail freight can win the battle!

For further information please contact Sandra Géhénot, UIC Freight Director:

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Digital Session held in the framework of the North American Regional Assembly (NARA) in Washington

On 12 June, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, opened a Digital Session in the frame of the North American Regional Assembly (NARA) that was held in Washington.

The session was an opportunity to learn more about the most up-to-date digital trends.

VIA Rail reported on the Proofs of Concept (PoC) they implemented within the frame of the DIGIM (DIGital Impacts) project: “Clear Station” and “Digital Level Crossings”.
Clear Station aims to serve blind passengers thanks to a new digital way of helping visually-impaired passenger to find their way around railway stations in the most autonomous and safest way possible.

The PoC was tested in real condition by blind passengers in Ottawa station and was validated. Using smartphone as the interface, it can be coupled with the white electronic stick.

The second implemented Proof of Concept is related to one of the most important issues referring to rail security: Level Crossings.

How do we make level crossings safer thanks to digital innovation? The first phase was related to the optimisation of the closing time of level crossings in relation to the speed of the trains. An interface is about to be implemented with in-car GPS.

Three key actors of the digital ecosphere participated in this digital session: Splunk, Amazon and Blue Ridge Networks:

  • Splunk presented the projects they developed for DB and the Proof of Concept designed for IP. Both achievements highlight the potential added-value that big data might represent for rail.
  • Amazon chose to focus its presentation on cloud computing and Artificial Intelligence and its applications
  • Blue Ridge Networks, a major reference in cybersecurity, presented its specific approach to this threat: eliminating vulnerabilities is the key!

This event enabled open and fruitful and positive exchanges to take place between participants and the speakers, highlighting the current challenges to be faced.

Mr Loubinoux in his closing speech reminded the audience of how digital technology can help rail to face its new challenges: SISICOM (Sustainable Integrated Connected International Chain Of Mobility) is the acronym to keep in mind.

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

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UIC attends XLVI OSJD Ministers’ Conference held from 5 – 8 June 2018 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, addressed the XLVI OSJD Ministers’ Conference held from 5 – 8 June 2018 in Bishkek. The conference was hosted by Kyrgyz Railway (KTJ) and attended by OSJD Transport Ministers & Vice-Ministers and international institutions, organisations and representatives: Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (South Korea), the Inland Transport Committee (ITC) of the UNECE, EEC, DG MOVE, OTIF, CIT, UIC and JC Plaske.

The conference examined and approved the work results according to the agenda as follows:

1) Membership of the OSJD of the Republic of Korea:
The conference voted and decided to admit to membership the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of the Republic of Korea. The representative of the OSJD member from the Republic of Korea will start working at the OSJD Committee from 1 January 2019.
2) The conference took note and approved the report on the activities of OSJD for 2017. OSJD is going to introduce the one additional position of the simultaneous interpreter of Russian-English to the staff list of the OSJD Committee. OSJD Members (Georgia, Poland, Ukraine and Czech Republic) consider it necessary to give the English language the appropriate (working or/and official) status within the OSJD.
3) The conference approved results of the work of the OSJD Commissions on Transport Policy and Development Strategy and on Transport Law for the year 2017.
4) The conference adopted Amendments to the “Agreement on the Organisational and Operational Aspects of Combined Transport in Communication Europe Asia”.
5) The conference took note of the progress of the International Conference on the adoption of the text of the draft Convention on International Direct Railway Communications.
6) The conference listened to the information of the OSJD Committee Chairman on the progress of the UNECE Working Paper “Towards Unified Railway Law in the Pan-European Region and in the Euro-Asian Transport Corridors” and authorised OSJD Committee to cooperate further within the expert working group.
7) The conference approved the results of progress on the work of the Temporary Working Group on vocational training in railway transport. The glossary project is finished and is to be used for OSJD Leaflet R 305-1 “OSJD Glossary” to be updated accordingly. The list of topics for the 2018-2019 projects on vocational training/professional preparation was adopted including the website to be maintained by OSJD member JC Plaske.
8) The OSJD Work Programme for 2019 and subsequent years was adopted including joint activities with UIC.
9) The conference addressed issues of payment of membership fees, the budget of the OSJD Committee (final - for 2018, preliminary - for 2019), the distribution of vacancies/posts in the management of the OSJD Committee, chairmen and experts in OSJD working bodies, starting from 1 July 2018.
10) The conference renewed and appointed Mr Tadeusz Szozda to the OSJD Committee Chairman position from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2022.
11) The conference decided on the draft provisional agenda, venue and date of the next XLVII session of the OSJD Ministers Conference to be held from 4 – 7 June 2019 in Uzbekistan.

During the conference the Addendum of the IRS to the Cooperation Agreement on the development of UIC-OSJD Joint Leaflets has been was signed by the OSJD Committee Chairman.

Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux sent the message to the conference supporting OSJD’s efforts and recent initiatives which intend the practical steps to be undertaken and aimed at the implementation of the UIC-OSJD Addendum on IRS to be developed jointly. This agreement, already complemented by Addendum of the IRS, is going to impact, improve and bring new dimensions to the landscape of international standardisation activities. It will avoid the underestimation of UIC and OSJD leaflets as the technical documents de-facto providing the International Railway Standardised Technical Solutions for the Railway Operating Community. Being strategical partners with OSJD on the Eurasian continent, UIC is ready to share its experience and back the OSJD 5th Commission in preparation for practical steps to be undertaken by the UIC-OSJD JWG on IRS in months to come.

For further information please contact Mr Vytautas Kinderis, UIC Coordinator for Standardisation and East-West Relations:

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East-West Relations: Cooperation and Standardisation on TAP & TAF

UIC-OSJD Workshop held on 30 May 2018 in Brussels

The workshop on TAP & TAF was held on 30 May 2018 in Brussels hosted by UIC & OSJD.

The workshop was attended by speakers from DG MOVE, ERA, SNCF, CER, UNIFE, SIGIS, UIC and OSJD experts who provided participants with presentations and reports on the following topics:

  • EU digital agenda for rail freight
  • The role of the Telematics Joint Sector Group (JSG)
  • TAF & TAP TSIs Implementation – CER role
  • Implementation of the TAP TSI – ERA role
  • TAF TSI Implementation and future development perspectives
  • Automation, digitalisation and IoT – a challenge for new TAF TSI
  • Real time rail freight tracking without GPS between Asia and Europe
  • MERITS tool – functionalities and data
  • Optimised Real-time Yard and Network Management
  • RICS code allocation process

The workshop resulted in the following:

  • Critical points of TAP & TAF implementation process were determined and discussed
  • New multi-dimensional approach to the role of TAP & TAF subsystems were suggested
  • Innovative and practical results of automotive and digital functionalities for TAP & TAF need to be designed and promoted

Participants of the workshop spoke about a similar high-level event to be held next year – the OSJD Committee will host it on 29 May 2019 in Budapest.

UIC & OSJD expert exchange on IT & Coding

UIC and OSJD experts attended the 72nd meeting of the UIC-OSJD Joint Group on Coding and Informatics (JG CI) held and hosted by UIC on 31 May 2018 in Brussels.

On behalf of Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General, the UIC delegation expressed assurance in terms of the strategical visions of both organisations to be easily shared and achieved within the domains of IT and digitalisation.

Experts discussed the working plan for 2018-2019 and took note of the results on the following topics of the agenda:

1. Approval and publication of the updated OSJD/UIC Leaflet O 920-1 “Standard numerical coding for railway undertakings, infrastructure managers and other companies involved in rail-transport chains”: UIC is processing the internal procedure for the leaflet to be finally approved and will report on it at the next meeting of the UIC-OSJD WG on CI.
2. Approval of the draft of Joint OSJD/UIC Leaflet O 917-5 “System Hermes”: UIC presented the updated version of the leaflet O 917-5 and asked OSJD to take note and approve it.
3. Discussion on the draft of the updated version of the OSJD/UIC Leaflet O 920-13 “Standard coding and data structures of general information required for international freight traffic”: relevant decisions were adopted by experts of both UIC and OSJD.
4. Reviewing of the draft updated “Regulations of the OSJD/UIC Joint Group on Coding and Informatics”: the updated Regulation was adopted by members of the UIC/OSJD JG on CI.
5. Reviewing of the draft of the updated “OSJD and UIC Reglament on the management of company codes”: Annexes were discussed and adopted.
6. Participants of the meeting updated the list of coordinators on the OSJD/UIC Joint Leaflets.

The 73rd meeting of the OSJD/UIC Joint Group “Coding and Informatics” will be held and hosted by OSJD on 30 May 2019 in Budapest.

For further information please contact Mr Vytautas Kinderis, UIC Coordinator for Standardisation and East-West Relations:

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Workshop on "Energy Efficient Infrastructure” held on 2 July 2018 in Paris

The UIC Energy Efficiency and CO2 Emissions Experts Network held its workshop on Energy Efficient Infrastructure on 2 July 2018 in Paris.

After eco-driving, eco-stabling and measuring energy consumption, other energy-saving potentials have been identified by the Energy Efficiency and CO2 Emissions Experts Network in the energy management of railway infrastructures, and so the aim of the workshop was to focus on the following main topics:

  • Lighting of railway assets and design tools to light railway infrastructure
  • Switch heating: sharing of technologies and experiences from infrastructure managers
  • Integration of renewable energy in railway infrastructure

Attended by around 30 participants from across the infrastructure and energy sectors, the workshop was opened and moderated by Chloé Lima-Vanzela (SNCF) and Bart Van der Spiegel (Infrabel), on behalf of Isabelle De Keyzer, UIC Senior Advisor Sustainable Development.

The afternoon consisted of four themed sessions with opportunities for questions and answers in between, where participants discussed their experience using the relevant technology.

The first session, which featured presentations by SNCB and ProRail, focused on energy efficient lighting. The speakers outlined the drivers for renewing lighting for rail infrastructure and gave examples of why it is worth investing in intelligent lighting in order to reduce energy consumption. The speakers showed the results of “LEDification” on railway assets (platforms, parking buildings, trains, shunting areas) and how for example the level of brightness on railway platforms and in waiting rooms has been improved.

The second session focused on energy efficient switch heating, where Infrabel, ProRail and RZD talked about the impact of energy efficient technologies and renewable energy sources on rail infrastructure. Infrabel explained how weather stations are used to control switch heating in Belgium. Switch heating is optimised through the use of sensors in weather stations to gather data and enable automatic monitoring. Speakers explained how to improve switch heating through the Internet of Things (IoT) by using infra sensors. RZD talked about using wind generators to produce energy and using thermal energy to heat railway facilities (lighting, heating, etc.).

For the third topic, Infrabel and SNCF talked about energy efficient internal networks, how to measure and allocate energy consumption in internal networks, sharing power and having shared storage systems (based on lithium batteries) for stations and signalling.

The final topic of the afternoon was the integration of renewables, presented by SNCB and ProRail. An example was given on the installation of solar panels on railway assets. The speakers highlighted the importance for railways to use renewable energy for financial, ecological and social reasons, and that it was vital to create their “own” renewable energy production.

The meeting was concluded by Chloé Lima-Vanzela, SNCF, and Carole Escolan-Zeno, Head of the UIC Sustainable Development Unit, who thanked the participants for their interesting discussions and reminded them of the forthcoming events later this year, in particular the Global Rail and Energy Workshop to be held on 24 September at UIC.

In the light of the afternoon’s discussions, participants were asked to consider the role of rail transport in the future, its position with regard to future energy requirements and how railway assets can add value to the energy transition.
The presentations from the workshop will soon be available on the website.

For further information please contact Isabelle De Keyzer, Senior Advisor Sustainable Development:

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Global Rail and Energy Workshop to be held on 24 September 2018 at UIC in Paris headquarters

Joint workshop led by UIC and the International Energy Agency (IEA)

Railways are an important means of transport. At a global level, they cover nearly 7% of annual passenger and freight volumes. Many emerging economies in particular are looking increasingly at railways to further support travel activity; since 2000, global passenger volumes have grown by nearly 50% to more than three trillion passenger-kilometres, primarily driven by China and India. The related energy use is modest in comparison; only around 2% of transport fuel use is in rail, primarily consisting of oil and electricity. This makes rail transport one of the most energy-efficient modes of transport today.

Railways have the potential to play an even more important role for satisfying growing future needs for transport, and in a potentially more energy-efficient and cleaner way than other modes. The theoretical scope is vast: rail can satisfy urban passenger mobility needs at low speed just as well as inter-urban travel demand at very high speed; similarly, rail can satisfy demand for the transport of commodities and goods. This is why the International Energy Agency (IEA) and UIC have decided to work together on a new publication that aims to analyse the current state of railway and energy use, as well as its future prospects to support the transition to a cleaner energy and transport system.

As part of this study, the IEA and UIC are hosting a high-level workshop to bring together decision makers and experts from around the world to provide strategic guidance as well as technical input. The goal of the workshop is to reflect on the current state of play for railways in different countries and the existing enabling frameworks; a review of possible drivers and bottlenecks for enhancing the future role of railways; relevant considerations for railway transport towards a cleaner and more inclusive global transport sector; and a deep dive into the case of India and the unique opportunities for the country’s development that could emerge from expanding railway transport.

The workshop follows the Chatham House Rule: participants are free to use the information received, but without attribution to specific speakers or participants.

Participation is by invitation only. For further information please contact Isabelle De Keyzer, Senior Advisor Sustainable Development:

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Conference of Passenger Claims Departments to be held on 19 September 2018 in Paris

The CIT and UIC have great pleasure in inviting the staff of claims, sales and legal departments of their members to this year’s Conference of Passenger Claims Departments to be held at UIC Headquarters in Paris on Wednesday, 19 September 2018. The conference will offer both interesting presentations as well as workshops on current topics.

The presentations highlight for example the ongoing revision of the Rail PRR, the complaints handling at SNCF and Trenitalia and the role of mediation in dispute resolution presented by SNCF Médiatrice. The main themes of the workshops will be strikes (legal aspects, assistance, refunding of unused tickets etc.), the new rules on delay compensation for reservations bought in connection with rail passes, presented by Eurail Management and how the railways handle unexpected timetable changes in the light of PRR obligations, presented by Czech railways (CD).

The conference is limited to CIT and UIC members and participation is free of charge. The registration form and flyer with the detailed programme will soon be available on the CIT website:

For further information please contact Marc Guigon, Director of the UIC Passenger Department:

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Talent networking & crash course training on design thinking

Deadline for registration postponed to 31 July 2018

If you happen to be in Berlin as part of InnoTrans, take the opportunity to boost your skills!

The 4th Networking & Collaborative Event on 20 September 2018, which is being organised in cooperation with DB, UITP and ETCR will mainly focus on Innovation.
Understanding the needs and desires of customers, as well as the user-centred development of products and services, is essential to business success.

In this crash course training, you/your employees will learn about the innovation method Design Thinking and thus get a feel for their its applications.

In this seminar you will be introduced to the innovation method Design Thinking. You will experience design thinking through hands-on exercises, reflect the potential together, and get a sense of the different uses of this innovation method in your business.

The training will be followed with a “get-together” snack/dinner.

Deadline for registration: 31 July 2018

For more information and to register please click on:

Or contact Nathalie Amirault, Head of the UIC Expertise Development Unit:

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Railway Reform: A Toolkit for Improving Rail Sector Performance” by the World Bank

From 2009-2010, UIC helped the World Bank in the creation and dissemination of the “Railway Reform: A Toolkit for Improving Rail Sector Performance”. This toolkit aims, among others, to help transport ministers to boost strategic planning and attract capital to the transport sector.

This Railway Reform Toolkit aims to provide an easy-to-use resource for the rail industry and to provide an experience-based set of best practices to aid in the planning and execution of railway reforms. It is based on international experiences with railway reform under a range of railway organisational forms, state agencies, state-owned, or private enterprises. The toolkit should be particularly useful to those thinking about transitions from one organisational form to another and for those seeking to improve railway performance through investment, reorganisation, or changes in government policy.

The UIC Data, Statistics and Economics Unit, headed by Airy Magnien and his colleague Snejana Markovic-Chenais, took part in the peer review of the update of this toolkit launched in 2016, from the design to the final study, by contributing their remarks and comments to the numerous case studies, including the Fourth European Railway Package, without any becoming the subject of a global benchmark.

This update is henceforth available from the end of 2017 on the website of the World Bank:

UIC highlights the importance of this report among its members and acknowledges the fruitful collaboration with the World Bank which it wishes to pursue in all areas covered by the Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2009, including the new UIC working group on PPPs (public-private partnerships).

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United States: Amtrak marks Positive Train Control milestone

Amtrak, in coordination with BNSF Railway, will implement Positive Train Control (PTC) over several BNSF-owned subdivisions this week, marking the first activation on host-owned territory used by Amtrak.

“Amtrak’s highest priority is ensuring the safety of our passengers, our crews and the communities we serve, and full implementation of PTC will make the entire network safer,” said Amtrak Executive Vice President of Safety Ken Hylander. “While we are excited to achieve this milestone, we must continue to work together to activate PTC and make the national railroad network safer.”

Subdivisions that serve the Amtrak Southwest Chief and California Zephyr are first to roll out, with full activation on BNSF routes expected by the end of August.
“This is a great step for Amtrak. We have the infrastructure in place that allows them to operate on our network. We have partnered with them on the federal mandate and in some cases beyond the federal mandate to install PTC on subdivisions not required of BNSF. We look forward to continuing that partnership as they roll-out PTC along our routes,” said Chris Matthews, BNSF assistant vice president, Network Control Systems.

Amtrak is on track to achieve installation and operation of PTC across the network it controls by the year-end deadline, and is working with partners throughout the industry to advance this system on host infrastructure.

Where PTC is not implemented and operational, it is expected that nearly all carriers will qualify for an alternative PTC implementation schedule under law. For those carriers and routes operating under an extension or under an FRA-approved exemption, Amtrak is performing risk analyses and developing strategies for enhancing safety on a route-by-route basis to ensure that there is a single level of safety across the Amtrak network by January 1, 2019.

For those very limited routes where a host may not achieve an alternative schedule by year’s end, Amtrak will suspend service and may seek alternative modes of service until such routes come into compliance.

Amtrak is also working with tenant railroads that operate over Amtrak’s infrastructure as they work to ensure that they have sufficient PTC-commissioned rolling stock by the deadline to operate normal services.

Amtrak PTC Implementation by the numbers

To date, Amtrak has made progress implementing PTC across the routes and equipment we control for the following:

  • 380 of 444 Amtrak owned locomotives are fully equipped and PTC operable
  • 8 of 11 installation/track segments completed
  • 104 of 120 radio towers fully installed and equipped
  • 95 percent of employees who require training to support PTC operations have completed training
  • 607 of 900 route miles in PTC operation

(Source: Amtrak)

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Germany: Platooning in the logistics industry – world’s first practical use of networked truck convoys in Germany

Research project of DB Schenker, MAN Truck & Bus, and Hochschule Fresenius starts in the test phase on the A9 highway

As the world’s first logistics provider, DB Schenker, together with its cooperation partners MAN Truck & Bus and Hochschule Fresenius University of Applied Sciences, today sent two digitally networked trucks into practical use.

In the presence of Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Andreas Scheuer, a truck “platoon” set off from the DB Schenker branch office in Neufahrn near Munich via the A9 digital test field to Nuremberg. The federal government is funding the pilot project with around EUR 2 million.

Federal Transportation Minister Andreas Scheuer said: “This is a visionary research project for our digital test site, the A9 highway. The project marks the start of the automated and networked future of road haulage. We bring tomorrow’s technology onto today’s roads, testing the intelligent interaction of man, machine and material. Our opportunities: logistics processes—from ramp to customer—can become safer, more efficient and more environmentally friendly. And truck drivers can become modern logistics specialists in digital trucks.”

Strategic partnerships as innovation drivers

The regular test runs of the networked trucks begin as of 25 June, along the 145-kilometre route. Trials are being carried out without any loads until early August. After that, the platoons will be on the road every day, making up to three routine logistics trips and laden with part loads of, for example, machine parts, drinks, or paper.

The project partners are thus doing pioneering work. “This first use of truck platoons in Germany will set new standards in the logistics market, from which our customers will benefit first and foremost,” said Alexander Doll, DB Board Member for Freight Transport and Logistics. “With this project, DB Schenker is showing what matters for companies all over the world in the future: advancing innovations through new partnerships.”

By using this technology, DB Schenker is expanding its digital business model. “Today, we at DB are once again bringing a new technology to the road. With the platooning project, we are further expanding our pioneering role in the field of autonomous and networked driving,” emphasised Prof. Dr. Sabina Jeschke, DB Board Member for Digitalisation and Technology.

With MAN Truck & Bus and DB Schenker, two of the world’s leading companies in their sectors are cooperating to jointly promote the subject of automated driving. “It’s not just about using a technology. It’s about integrating it effectively into the entire logistics chain. The findings from the joint project are an important step towards series development. This will give MAN a leading role in the automation and digitisation of commercial vehicles,” said Joachim Drees, CEO of MAN Truck & Bus AG.

Unprecedented use of technology

During the unprecedented practical tests, the platooning technology for logistics use will be further optimised, for example with regard to system safety, fuel consumption, and better use of space on freeways. The project partners also hope to gain insights into the social acceptance of the networked driving style, as well as into transport policy and infrastructural prerequisites.

People still top priority

Since the collaboration began in May 2017 and the official handover of the test vehicles by MAN in February of this year, the truck drivers have been prepared for their role in the project through intensive training. The psychosocial and neurophysiological effects of the new technology on the drivers in the platoon will be examined by Hochschule Fresenius with an accompanying study. This will allow important experiences of the truck drivers to be incorporated and their job profile developed further. “It’s obvious that digitisation of the mobility and transport system is leading to completely new requirements for employees in the industry,” said Prof Dr Christian Haas, Director of the Institute for Complex Health Research at Hochschule Fresenius. We hope that our findings can also contribute to a better understanding and design of other digitised human-machine interfaces."

Functionality of platooning

The term “platooning” refers to a system that vehicles use on the road in which at least two trucks drive in a tight convoy on a freeway, supported by technical driving assistance and control systems. All of the vehicles in the platoon are linked to each other by an electronic “drawbar” that uses vehicle-to-vehicle communication. The truck in front sets the speed and direction, and the others follow.

Photos of the event are available at the following link:

(Source: DB)

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Kazakhstan: KTZ develops container services on the trans-Kazakhstan route from China-Iran

The first full-container train on the route Chongqing (China) - Kashan (Iran) proceeded through the territory of Kazakhstan.

The service was organised to implement the Agreement on the development of container transportation between the subsidiary organisation of NC KTZ JSC- KTZ Express JSC and YuXinOu Chongqing Logistics Co., Ltd to increase the volume of cargo transportation to/from China between Kazakhstan-Russia-Central Asia-Iran-Europe and the development of logistics supply chains.

The train with auto components consisting of forty-one 40-foot containers, proceeded from the Chinese city of Chongqin by rail through Khorgos and Altynkol station through Kazakhstan to the port of Aktau. Then the containers on the feeder were delivered to the Iranian port of Bender-Enzeli and then by road to Kashan city in Iran. The delivery time was 17 days.

A regular weekly dispatch of one container train is planned and delivery time is expected to be reduced to 12 - 14 days.

In order to create an efficient logistics service on the trans-Kazakhstan routes of China-Iran, attracting container flows and increasing the transit potential of Kazakhstan, “KTZ Express” JSC offered the shipper a multimodal delivery scheme in containers with the services of rail, sea and road transport and using the Kazakhstan transport and logistics infrastructure.

Since the end of 2017, regular container services have operated along the route from China – Khorgos, Altynkol - Bolashak exp., Serhetiak exp. - Akayila exp., Incheburun exp. - Nikpasandi (Tehran) in Iran.

(Source: KTZ)

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Czech Republic: Presidential train 2018 will be on show to the public from June to September

To mark the 100th anniversary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia, the National Technical Museum (NTM) has teamed up with Czech Railways to prepare a Presidential train that will be on show to the public from late June through to early September 2018. The train will set out from Prague to Brno, Bratislava and on to Košice making further stops at Zlin, Pardubice, Olomouc, Plzen and Chomutov. Its journey through the former Czechoslovak railway network will terminate at the historic depot site at Masaryk Station in Prague on the site of a planned Railway and Electrical Engineering Museum of the National Technical Museum.

The presidential train officially set off on 28 June from Masaryk railway station in Prague.

Presidential train 2018

Steam Locomotive 464.202 (Závody V.I.Lenina /Škoda/, Plzeň, 1956)

Saloon coaches Franz Ferdinand von Österreich-Este (Ringhoffer, Praha, 1909, for the President of Czechoslovakia from 1918)

Saloon coaches Tomas Garique Masaryk (Ringhoffer, Praha, 1930)

Saloon coaches Ludvik Svoboda and Gustav Husák (VEB Waggonbau, Bautzen, 1968)

Passenger coaches Ca adapted for an exhibition of train presidents

Accompanying coaches and diesel locomotive T 478.1010 (ČKD, Praha, 1967)

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