RAI is developing its international and tourist trains

UIC Passenger Forum Director, Mr Marc Guigon, met the passenger section of RAI at its headquarters in Tehran on 4 September 2019 and to discuss the ways in which RAI could be more involved in the activities and projects of the UIC Passenger Forum.

At this meeting, which was held in the presence of Mr Kazamimanes, Director General of RAI for Planning and Supervising Passenger Services Department of RAI, his deputies and also the head of the groups and experts of this department as well as representatives of International Affairs Department of RAI, Mr Kazemimanesh reported on the activities and projects of the passenger section of RAI, and expressed their intention for RAI to be more involved in the activities and projects of the UIC Passenger Forum and emphasised the exchange of information and experiences with UIC members on passenger issues.

The Deputies of this department also gave a brief report on their projects and asked for UIC’s expertise on some issues and problems which they face. It was suggested that the passenger services group for train passengers both in stations and inside the trains should be established in the Passenger forum of RAI, which Mr Marc Guigon explained could be presented to the members of the Passenger Global Forum, for their consideration and approval.

Mr Nedaei, deputy director general for tourist trains, reported on RAI’s activities and plans to develop international passenger and tourist trains as well as launch different tourist trains inside the country. He said that the Tehran-Ankara passenger trains and the Tabriz-Van Passenger trains have already been launched and the plans for launching passenger trains between Tehran-Qom-Karbala (in Iraq), the Pakistan-Iran Passenger trains, and the Mashhad-Ashgabat passenger trains are on the agenda. He mentioned that so far 28 tourist trains from Europe and Asia have come to Iran and RAI is providing more facilities for attracting tourist trains and also tourist train operators to Iran.

It was agreed that the timetable and schedule of RAI passenger and tourist trains should be put in the UIC Merits system.

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

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The 7th Organising Committee meeting for the UIC nextstation 2019 Conference was held at RAI headquarters in Tehran

The 7th Organising Committee to prepare and plan the 7th International UIC nextstation 2019 Conference was held at the RAI headquarters International Affairs Department in Tehran on 3 September 2019. The meeting was attended by the UIC team composed of the UIC Passenger Department Director, the UIC Director of Communications as well as UIC Senior Advisors from the UIC Passenger and Communication departments together with a delegation and representatives from related departments of RAI.

The meeting discussed different topics and issues including finalising the speakers of the opening and closing sessions, the timing of the conference programme, the number of received papers, student competitions, side exhibition of the conference and the exhibitors, UIC & RAI common stand, technical visit and any other related issues, the result of which will be put on the website of the conference soon. (

It was also agreed to hold a meeting of the Chairs of UIC Regions as well of CEOs of UIC members together with the UIC Director General and UIC Chair to discuss UIC’s priorities in 2020 as a side event of the conference.

Iranian Railways (RAI) have made special arrangements for the international participants of the conference, including a technical visit of Isfahan, the most historical and touristic city of Iran during the evening of 12 November. The participants will stay in Isfahan for one night at the Abbasi Hotel in Isfahan ( All information about the Isfahan technical visit is available on the website of the conference at this link:

RAI has also arranged a Tehran Tour for the accompanying persons of the international participants as a social event of the conference. Information about this social event is available on the website and also at the following link:

Alongside the conference, there will be stands in the side exhibition of the conference presenting Iran’s tourist trains as well as Iran’s historical and cultural heritage and products.
In addition, the conference hotel reservation with special rate and discount is valid until 22 September 2019. In this regard, it is necessary for participants to register and reserve their accommodation as soon as possible. The hotel reservation link is also available at:

As already announced, participants will not have their passports stamped on entering/exiting but will be given an electronic visa.

RAI and UIC once again ask station managers, experts and university professors to submit their papers on the subjects of the conference as soon as possible.

If you have any questions or need further information, you may contact the UIC & RAI international affairs departments by emailing and

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Korean government delegation visits UIC on 2 September 2019

On 2 September, a Korean government delegation led by Mr Kim Hyoung Suk, Ministry of Land Infrastructure and Transport Director General, together with 10 other directors and experts from different departments also from KORAIL and KRNA, visited UIC.

The delegation met UIC Director General Mr François Davenne and the Coordinator of the UIC Asia Pacific region Mr Vincent Vu.

They presented their experience regarding railway transport in Korea. Mr Davenne and Mr Vu in turn answered their requests by providing advice on technical issues such as railway standardisation in the areas of freight (Eurasian corridors, intermodality, competitiveness improvement, long trains, …), digital developments (the paperless initiative such as Intertran, …), railway telecoms, investments and also collaboration with international organisations such as UIC, considered by the delegation to be one of the leaders.

The main identified priority included the development of interoperability between Asia-Pacific and Europe, which is part of UIC’s strategy for the future and which Korea is positioning as a key player.

For further information please contact Vincent Vu, Coordinator of the UIC Asia Pacific region:

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UIC, in collaboration with the Shine Consultant Group, has agreed to be the next Guide Organisation of the 3rd ASEAN Rail Summit from 18 – 19 September 2019 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Now considered to be the fastest growing region in the global economy, Southeast Asia emerging nations have attracted worldwide attention. It is estimated that by 2020, ASEAN is expected to become the fifth largest economy in the world.

The event is going to focus on the China initiative of the “Belt and Road” Interconnection, Innovation and Collaboration programmes that are being set up and developed in Southeast Asia, and where international cooperation is due to take place, especially with Asian and European major players in the railway industry.

At the initiative of the “Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2025” and “The Belt and Road Initiative”programmes, the rail transit infrastructure continues to rapidly develop in Southeast Asia.

Several projects of strategic importance are taking off in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, as well as in the rest of ASEAN (especially also in the Philippines, Laos, Myanmar, etc.).

At the same time, China will also seek international cooperation in funding and technology in the rail transit market with ASEAN countries.

During the summit, more than 300 experts and decision makers from ASEAN and the rest of the world, including global rail industry government agencies, design units, operators and industry suppliers, will come together to discuss the development of the ASEAN rail transit industry, its opportunities and its financial considerations, its technological innovation, its operation management and many other topics.

UIC will present a paper on interoperability and intermodality of future rail transit systems in ASEAN and the pro-active role that it can bring in terms of standards, innovation and support to its local current and future members.

For further information please contact Milko Papazoff, UIC ASEAN Representative:

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Standardisation Plenary Meeting to be held on 17 September 2019 in Paris

Railway 4.0: standardisation for a fully-integrated digital railway system

Register now! There are still a few places available:

Confirmed speakers include:

Timothy Tenne, representing Amtrak
Luca Mariorenzi, representing Trentalia

To consult the full programme please click here:

Digitalisation is now unanimously recognised as a key lever to increasing system performance, to achieving cost reduction and to enlarging the range of personalised services offered to end-users.

This is why our 2019 Standardisation Plenary Meeting is dealing with the key topic “Railway 4.0: standardisation for a fully-integrated digital railway system.”

You are invited to join us for this meeting and to discuss this issue with a high-level panel of keynote speakers who will give their vision of the future digital railway eco-system and how standardisation can support the evolution of railway transport.

This event will take place at UIC Headquarters in Paris on 17 September 2019 from 11.00 16.00.

There is no charge for participation but the number of places is very limited.

Registration will be on a “first-come, first-served basis”, therefore in order to secure your place, you are invited to register as soon as possible by clicking on the following link:

We look forward to seeing you in Paris!

For further information please contact:

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Register now for the 15th UIC Security Congress to take place from 20 – 22 November 2019 in Prague

To register:

Register now for the 15th UIC Global Security Congress co-organised with SZDC to be held from 20 – 22 November 2019.

This year’s edition will be dedicated to “Security and Safety of Stations”.

The event will provide a unique opportunity for partners to exchange their views and challenges of making stations more safe and secure.

For further information please consult the security website at

Or contact

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Prof. Dr. Peter Winter, former Director of the Construction Division at the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) and initiator of the European Train Control System (ETCS), passed away in July

On 8 July 2019, Peter Winter, former Director of the Construction Division of the Swiss Federal Railways SBB, died at the age of 76 after a long illness. Peter Winter studied electrical engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH in Zurich. While working for the BBC in Baden, he received his doctorate in 1973 with a dissertation on power electronics for railway vehicles.

Winter began working for SBB in 1972. From 1984 to 1999 he was Director of the Construction Division at SBB’s General Management; from 1986 to 1990 he served as overall project manager for the Rail 2000 project. From 1999 to 2000 he headed SBB’s Development and Technology division, before working in the Consulting Group until his retirement in 2008.

Early on he was interested in solutions for the interoperability of international rail traffic and became one of the important initiators of the European Train Control System ETCS and the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS). From 1990 Winter was President of the ETCS Steering Group at UIC. In this function, he was able to ensure that the ETCS specifications were incorporated into the EU’s Technical Specifications for Interoperability TSI which also became the standard for train control systems all the way to China. Peter Winter gave lectures on ETCS/ERTMS both at the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen and at the Technical University in Beijing and was appointed Honorary Professor by both schools in 2007.

UIC and the railway community are grateful for Peter Winter’s important contribution to an integrated European railway system.

(Source: Peter Hübner, former Deputy Director Construction Division SBB)

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Portugal: Mr Nuno Freitas appointed President of Comboios de Portugal

As of 18 July, Mr Nuno Freitas took up the position of President of CP – Comboios de Portugal.

With over 20 years of experience in the railways, Mr Nuno Freitas joined Portuguese Railways in 1996 as production engineer at EMEF, maintaining electrical locomotives classes 2600/2620 (Alfa and Intercity loco hauled trains).

From 1998 to 2009 he was responsible for the maintenance of CP’s Pendolino tilting Electrical Multiple Units, applying the RCM (Reliability-Centred Maintenance) methodology since 2003. He became Assistant Director of EMEF Northern Maintenance Depot from 2002 and Director of EMEF – High Speed Maintenance Business Unit in 2009.

Mr Nuno Freitas has a degree in Electrical Engineering from Aveiro University, an MBA in Business Management from the Portuguese Catholic University/ESADE Business School and has completed the General Management Development Programme at AESE/IESE.

In 2009 he was awarded the title Expert in Transport Systems by the Portuguese National Engineering Society.

(Source: CP)

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Finland: The world’s first motorised detachable icebreaking bow launched

The world’s first self-propelled detachable bow, which was conceived by the Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency (FTIA), was launched in Naantali on Wednesday 28 August 2019. After a test period, the detachable bow will be deployed in the Saimaa area next winter.

WINMOS II (Winter Navigation Motorways of the Sea II) is an EU CEF-funded project for the development of winter navigation. The project’s objective is to develop and improve winter navigation and its safety and to secure sufficient icebreaking resources in the future.

One of WINMOS II’s sub-projects focuses on the development and construction of a motorised detachable icebreaking bow to be used in the Saimaa area. The detachable bow equipped with propulsion machinery is mounted to the tugboat by three-point fixing. The detachable bow has two straight axle lines driven by electric motors. The dimensions of the vessel and bow combination were designed so as to enable effective icebreaking operation in the Saimaa area and the Saimaa Canal.

The detachable bow was launched at Turku Repair Yard Ltd in Naantali on Wednesday 28 August 2019. After launching the detachable bow, its outfitting is continued, and the required pusher tug modifications are implemented. The tug and the bow are then fitted together for sea trials. The vessel will be available for FTIA’s tests in October, and it will be used for icebreaking operations in the coming winter.

(Source: FTIA/Vayla)

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Hungary: Retro painted children’s railway vehicles were introduced in Budapest

More and more heritage rail vehicles are being renewed on the narrow gauge Budapest Children’s Railway. During renovations, particular attention is paid to ensure that some locomotives and wagons are restored to their original look.

Last year a special, big open compartment passenger carriage (operated in good weather in summer) was put into service that was repainted in the 1960s colour scheme (grey handrails and a thin navy blue strip above the racks) and the Mk45,2006 diesel locomotive with the orange-red look of the 1980s.

This spring, a little open compartment passenger carriage returned in its former splendour; and during this summer two special traction vehicles also appeared on Budapest Children’s Railway network: Hungary’s oldest C50 locomotive was unveiled in its original black colour on the 20 August bank holiday. From the beginning of August, the Mk45,2001 locomotive, with its original classic engine, can also be seen on the lines.

(Source: MAV)

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Kazakhstan: Railways of Kazakhstan and China discuss further development of transport at border stations

A working meeting was held between representatives of Kazakhstan Temir Zholy NC JSC and the Chinese Railways Corporation at Dostyk and Alashankou stations.

The Kazakhstan delegation was headed by the first Deputy Chairman of the Management board of Kazakhstan Temir Zholy NC JSC Kanat Almagambetov; the Chinese delegation was headed by the Deputy General Director of the Chinese Railways Corporation Li Wensin.

During the meeting, issues of further cooperation to improve the quality of services provided in the field of container cargo transport between the Republic of Kazakhstan and China with the participation of experts from the railway administrations of the two countries were discussed.

According to Kanat Almagambetov, thanks to the efforts of the parties over 8 months of this year, over 10.8 million tonnes of cargo were transported through the border crossings Dostyk-Alashankou and Khorgos-Altynkol, which is 11 percent higher than last year.

The volume of container traffic in transit through the territory of Kazakhstan increased by 41% compared to last year.

In 2020, the plan is to increase the volume of cargo transport up to 18 million tonnes, container transport - up to 1.1 million containers in TEU.

The participants in the working meeting appreciated the work of the infrastructure and the technical capacities of the border docking stations Dostyk and Alashankou. The delegation examined the reception and departure fleet, the wagon transfer station, as well as the office for transfer, customs clearance of transport documents and more.

The minutes were signed at the end of the working meeting.

(Source: KTZ)

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Next meetings scheduled

  • 19-21 February 2020 9th International Railway Summit Warsaw, Poland
  • 25 February 2020 European Management committee Assistants Paris (UIC)
  • 10 March 2020 Rail System Forum Steering Board UIC HQ
  • 23-28 March 2020 UIC Asia--Pacific Training Session 2020 on Railway Passenger Service based on IT Technology Seoul, Korea
  • 24 March 2020 European Management committee Paris
  • 25-27 March 2020 SHERPA : 3-day International training for operational staff Rome, Italy
  • 26 March 2020 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting UIC HQ PARIS
  • 1-3 April 2020 International Rail Forum & Conference (IRFC) Prague, Czech Republic
  • 7 April 2020 UIC APMC Preparatory Meeting (Web Conference) UIC HQ, Paris
  • 7 April 2020 UIC APRA Preparatory Meeting (Web Conference) UIC HQ, Paris
  • 9 April 2020 Rail System Forum Plenary UIC HQ
  • 17-18 April 2020 UIMC management committee meeting Paris
  • 20-25 April 2020 16th Training on High Speed Systems (Level I) Paris
  • 22 April 2020 SAFER-LC Final conference Paris, UIC HQ
  • 23-24 April 2020 Talent and Expertise Development Platform Valencia, Spain
  • 13 May 2020 29th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly Perth, Australia
  • 14-16 May 2020 UIC Asia-Pacific Conference on Digital Perth, Australia
  • 19-21 May 2020 Statistics Steering Committee Meeting DB AG, Berlin
  • 19 May 2020 Freight Forum Vienna
  • 19 May 2020 European Management committee Assistants Paris (UIC)
  • 19 May 2020 European Group of Assistants Paris (UIC)
  • 20 May 2020 Preparatory Group 96th General Assembly Paris (UIC)
  • 27-29 May 2020 International Transport Forum (ITF) Leipzig, Germany
  • 27-28 May 2020 High Level Freight Meeting (HLFM) Vienna or Paris
  • 29-31 May 2020 III TopRail Forum Lucerne
  • 2-4 June 2020 Global Rail Freight Conference (GRFC) Riga
  • 2-4 June 2020 6th UIC Security Week Paris, UIC HQ
  • 11 June 2020 ILCAD York National Railway Museum
  • 16 June 2020 General Assembly ATTI UIC Paris
  • 16 June 2020 EMC & 30th European Regional Assembly Paris (UIC)
  • 24-27 June 2020 7th International Rail Human Factors conference London
  • 25-26 June 2020 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting DB AG BERLIN
  • 29 June 2020 Executive Board Beijing
  • 29 June 2020 96th General Assembly Beijing
  • 30 June 2020 - 4 July 2020 World Congress on Highspeed Rail Beijing
  • 9-11 July 2020 Global Passenger Forum Moscow
  • 2-4 September 2020 UIMC Scientific Congress and General Assembly DUBLIN
  • 2 September 2020 European Management committee Assistants Paris (UIC)
  • 21 September 2020 European Management committee Berlin
  • 29 September 2020 Rail System Forum Steering Board UIC HQ
  • 30 September 2020 Standardisation Conference Paris UIC HQ
  • 7 October 2020 30th UIC Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan
  • 15 October 2020 SHERPA EU Project Final Conference Paris, UIC HQ
  • 22 October 2020 Rail System Forum Plenary UIC HQ
  • 22-23 October 2020 Talent & Expertise Development Platform Athens
  • 5-6 November 2020 Freight Forum tbc
  • 12 November 2020 European Management committee Assistants Paris (UIC)
  • 12 November 2020 European Group of Assistants Paris (UIC)
  • 13 November 2020 97th General Assembly Preparatory Group Paris (UIC)
  • 16 November 2020 Safety Platform Steering Group meeting UIC HQ PARIS

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