The Cool Rail Project

"This summer share with us the coolest part of travelling by train and win a stay in Paris and an Interrail Global Pass"


As part of the European Year of Youth, UIC organises a video competition “The cool rail project” for young travellers aged between 15 and 29.

The aim of the competition is to better understand what are the elements that make trains attractive for you and to inspire others to hop on a train and get to know new places now that it is possible to travel again.

Travelling by train is cool, convenient and sustainable. Share your experience with us and be part of the challenge.

Event live broadcast 9-12h CET


Friday 28 October Workshop

09.00 – 09.30 Presentation of The Cool Rail Project Video Winners
09.30 – 10.00 Summary of the Survey and the Design Thinking session
10.00 – 12.00 Round table: What Railways are doing and what should be done to be more attractive to young generations?

The winners will be invited to present their video and ideas to make rail even cooler in a special hybrid workshop to be held 28 October at UIC HQ in Paris and to exchange with guest experts in a round table session about the attractiveness of rail for young generations.

Round Table : What Railways are doing and what should be done to be more attractive to young generations?

Conclusions – Marc Guigon, UIC Passenger Director

Rewatch the broadcast:

Who can participate?

This competition is open for travellers (including railway workers) between 15 and 29 years old.

How to enter the competition?

To take part in the competition, please provide the following information:

  • A good quality original short video (no more than 2 minutes)
  • Title of the video;
  • Contact details (email address);
  • Place where the video was taken with short description
  • The video must be in English or in other language with subtitles in English
  • Deadline for submission: 2 October 2022
  • Deadline for voting: 3 October 2022

Each team may submit only one video to the competition. The video must be an original work of the team, not copyrighted and not financed by any institutional or commercial funding.
Videos deemed inappropriate by the organisers will be deleted from the site and the submitters will be disqualified.

The best video will be selected by a special International Jury of Experts based on the following criteria:

  • content: demonstrated ability to carve clear messages and knowledge
  • communication skills: originality of the communications techniques used
  • entertainment value: educational merit and viewer friendliness

The survey

Because our challenge is to make trains even cooler we need your help. To join the challenge, the members of the team must complete the following survey

Please complete it and share it even with people that will not be part of the team. Your contribution is important and it will help us to improve rail services for all.

The awards


There will be two awards:

1) Best Video selected by an international Jury of Experts which will win:

2) Best Video selected by popular vote which will win:

  • The video with the most “likes” in pollunit will have a special price of 2 Interrail Global Passes. The vote period will be open from 26 September to 3 October.

Participants have until 2 October to upload a short video to the PollUnit platform.

*[1] The UIC will be responsible for the cost of economy class travel (if possible, by train and up to 500 euros per person), participation in the awards and a maximum of three night’s hotel accommodation for two persons. In addition, the UIC will cover the cost of meals not provided directly by the organisers up to a maximum of 25 euros per person per meal

Right of use
The videos will only be used in the context of the competition, not for commercial use.
Copyright holders retain copyright of their work. For awarded pictures, copyright holders grant the International Union of Railways an unlimited and non-exclusive right to use the videos for activities in all media, including social media, online and print, in relation to the contest, the exhibition, the yearbook, the public archive, and all promotional and educational activities for and under the auspices of the UIC, without any remuneration being due. For all videos, copyright holders grant the UIC a non-exclusive use of pictures in a non-public archive for its educational and research activities, without any remuneration being due.

Cancellation, applicable law
The organizers reserve the right to cancel the contest in whole or in part at any time. The law applicable to this competition shall be French law. Decisions on matters not provided for in these rules shall be taken by the UIC and shall be final.

Data protection
By entering the competition, each team member consents to the processing of his or her personal data insofar as this is necessary for the purpose of the competition.
The personal data will be processed by the UIC in accordance with European regulation on the protection of personal data.


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