16th training on High Speed Systems


Training on high speed systems (THSS)

UIC members’ cooperation helps ensure that every year around 50 participants interact with more than 40 high level speakers during a week-long session reviewing in detail all the components of a High-Speed Rail System. The training is aimed at decision-makers and is held every year divided in two different levels.

THSS’s main objective is to provide in-depth and comprehensive insight into the High-Speed Rail System (HSRS), to discuss and develop practical High-Speed projects. Visit strategic points on High Speed system and discuss them on-site will help to integrate.


Our speakers are all experts in the subjects addressed and are drawn mainly from railways, universities and industry. They represent all the countries and world regions with valuable experience in the field of High Speed Rail System.
The program of the training has been specially designed by the UIC Intercity and High-Speed Committee. This group is composed by experts from all the companies and countries involved in HSR Systems as ADIF, AMTRAK, CARS, CR, DB, EUROSTAR, Euskotren, FCH, FFE, FTA, HS2, IK, JR, KORAIL, LISEA, NHSRCL, ONCF, PKP, RENFE, RZD, SNCF, TCDD, THALYS, THSRC, Trafikverket, Trenitalia, …

Objectives level I

  • Give a global vision on HSR to experts on some particular elements of the system
  • Provide managers with all the information needed to facilitate decision-making on the subject of HSR
  • Definition on path/way to implement a HSR
  • Foster exchanges of experiences and information about the latest developments in the field

Target audience & conditions for participation

This program is aimed at professionals already involved in any of the processes of HSR or who intend to do so in the near future, whether working for railway companies or ministries, local authorities, universities, advisory bodies, agencies or associations : managers, strategy experts, decisionmakers, economists, banks, industry, engineers...

  • The seminar is targeted at people who wish to be given a comprehensive overview of high speed systems
  • Seminar participants need not have in-depth knowledge of any specific subject relating to high speed systems
  • Attending the entire session week is therefore mandatory
  • Previous attendance to THSS Level I is recommended for Level II but not necessary


THSS Level I main objective is to provide and accurate and comprehensive overview of High Speed Rail Systems (HSRS). It consists of a series of theoretical sessions and a technical visit to integrate.

The training program will contain the following components :


  • Main principles of HSR
  • The conventional network – The limits of conventional lines
  • Description of HSR : in operation, under construction or planned in Europe and in other parts of the world


  • Technical and administrative process required to build a new high-speed line (HSR Handbook)
  • Basic aspects, elements and parameters of the infrastructure
  • Superstructure : the track, the switchers…
  • Electrification
  • Signaling, protection and safety, ERTMS-ETCS systems, telecommunications

Rolling stock

  • HSR Rolling Stock main features
  • Technology for traction
  • Commercial requirements
  • Certification, maintenance, economic aspects of HSR rolling stock


  • Basic operations principles for high speed lines
  • and high-speed trains
  • The central control centers
  • Operation with mixed traffic

Fundamental Values

  • Environmental aspects – sustainability and energy for HSR
  • Extreme natural conditions on HSR
  • Safety and Security


  • Trends in HSR station location and connections at the city
  • Prospects for passenger traffic developments in Europe
  • Ticketing strategy
  • Traffic forecast studies – Modelling – Results
  • Impact of a HSR project on mobility
  • Case studies : experience with HSR in revenue service

Economic, financial and managerial aspects

  • European policy
  • Funding methods and ways and means of designing a high-speed project (conventional methods, with or without an agreement, concessions, PPP, etc.)
  • Economic and financial analysis of HSR projects
  • Financing
  • Legal aspects of HSR (at European level)
  • Managerial aspects, staff management and training, Quality Label, image, communication, etc.
  • HSR in the future – Research


16 rue Jean Rey
75015 Paris
How to get to UIC


In the following hotels, there are UIC’s preferential rates for the training participants who reserve directly to the hotel.


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The training session will be held in English.


Price level I UIC Member 950 €
Price level I+II UIC Member 1330 €

Price level I Non Member 1750 €
Price level I+II Non Member 2450 €

The organizer is in charge of the logistics for the training session.
Fee includes : all training sessions, full working documents, technical visits and lunches.
Not included : Travel to and from Paris, accommodation, breakfast and dinners.


Mr Philippe Lorand

Passenger Department

Ms Beatrix Perrot

Passenger Department

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mardi 25 février 2020