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Railway Stations
Save the date ! Next Station 2011, the 3rd international
conference on railway stations to be held on 17 and 18 March
2011 in Brussels

Belgian railway station of Liège-Guillemins

Belgian railway station of Antwerp Central

Following the successful editions in Rome (2005) and Paris (2007), the 3rd „Next Station‟ international
conference will take place in Brussels, on 17 and 18 March 2011. This high-profile global railway event will
be hosted by SNCB Holding in close collaboration with UIC.

Among the topics to be addressed in the presence of high-level speakers from around the world are:
project development and financing, station management, facilities and layout, commercial use of station
space and services, multimodality and cooperation with other transport modes, etc.

Next Station has established itself as the reference forum for the discussion of all issues and experiences
in connection with the development and management of stations across the world. The programme will
include technical visits, one of which will be to the Belgian stations of Liège-Guillemins and Antwerp Central
– internationally-renowned achievements.

So save the dates 17 and 18 March 2011 in your diaries now!
Registration and the dedicated website will open in November 2010.

Security / High Speed
High Speed and Security Seminar on “Security Challenges &
High Speed Development” (Mumbai, India, 20-21 October 2010)
Do not hesitate to register !

The events of 11 September 2001 and 26 November 2008 in the USA and India respectively highlighted
the vulnerability of establishments with high public profiles to terrorist attack. Attacks on trains and railway
terminals in Paris (summer 1995), London (7 July 2005), Madrid (11 March 2004), in public facilities in
Mumbai and more recently, Moscow metro (29 March 2010) have proved that the perceptions of threat to
railway operations are serious and realistic. Taking the example of high-speed system requirements, the
question this conference will address is: as one of the safest modes of transport to date, just how secure
are train systems against such threats? It is estimated that 17% of all attacks on surface transport occur in
India, where such threats come from not only global terrorist organisations but also internal radical social

On behalf of the global railway community, UIC has volunteered to discuss and debate these issues at its
High Speed and Security Seminar, to be held in collaboration with Indian Railways in Mumbai, India from
20 – 21 October 2010.

Topics will include:

                         General overview on railway security & safety
                         High-speed system requirements (differences with
                          conventional lines, operations, financing with local,
                          regional, national & international funds and PPPs, cost
                          structures, investment issues, relationships with
                          authorities, governments, etc.)
                         On-track security and issues specific to high-speed:
                          tunnels, earthquakes, training, homologation, quality &

Speakers are expected to attend from the worldwide community of UIC member railways (railway
undertakings and infrastructure managers from Japan, Korea, India, France, etc.) as well as institutional
partners (international organisations, governmental agencies, industries, consultants, etc.).

More details about the programme, speakers and registration procedure will be released shortly.

All UIC members may participate without paying a registration fee. Other organisations may participate for
a nominal fee.

Each participant should apply for an entry visa in advance of travelling to India. Please bear in mind that
you need 3 to 10 days to obtain a visa!

Once you register for the conference, Indian Railways will send you a visa invitation letter which will
facilitate your visa application process. This invitation should be attached to the normal application form
which you need to submit to your nearest Indian Consulate/Embassy.

For more details, please refer to or contact:

GSM-R / railway radio communication
UIC publishes two new Interim Specifications to improve the use
of GSM-R
UIC has produced two new Interim GSM-R Specifications – the “EIRENE Functional Requirements
Specification version 7.1” and the “EIRENE System Requirements Specification version 15.1. These
specifications contain new features, which improve and facilitate the use of GSM-R, the dedicated rail radio
communications system, and are considered strictly optional. This means they do not affect the EU Control
Command and Signalling Technical Specifications for Interoperability (CCS-TSI). The GSM-R
Specifications considered by the European TSI remain the EIRENE Functional Requirements Specification
version 7 and the EIRENE System Requirements Specification version 15, part of TSI CCS – Annex A.

The EIRENE Interim Specifications were agreed upon with the European Railway Agency (ERA), the
Community of European Railways and Infrastructure Companies (CER), the European Rail Infrastructure
Managers‟ Association (EIM), the Association of European Rail Industry (UNIFE) and the GSM-R Industry
Group (GSM-R IG). The specifications offer access to improved features such as Shunting, EIRENE Data
Only Radio (EDOR) – only the FRS part – or Alerting of a Controller.

GSM-R has until now been rolled out over 65,000 km of track in Europe, and is also under implementation
outside Europe (China, India, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Algeria). It is expected that the roll-out of
GSM-R in Europe will cover about 140, 000 km in 2015.
The interim specifications are presented in both a “clean” version and a version in which changes have
been highlighted in yellow to indicate the points where the interim EIRENE versions differ from the “in
force” (from the point of view of TSI) EIRENE versions.

They are available on the UIC website:

For more information please contact Dan Mandoc, ERIG Chairman:

Announcement of the 6th annual UIC workshop on Railway
Freight Noise Reduction
“Bringing things together” (Paris, UIC HQ, 23 November 2010)

UIC promotes silent railways. In a series of annual workshops UIC reports on progress, in particular in
terms of the freight rolling stock with composite brake blocks. The speakers will address issues such as the
EU policy and planned incentives such as noise related track access charges and how the railways are
reacting on these initiatives. A major point will also be the current state of the art of K- and LL-block
homologation and how the railways are dealing with the technical problems that have been encountered
like e.g. the equivalent conicity issue and how these problems is foreseen to be solved within different UIC
projects as e.g. the EuropeTrain project. Further issues will be a presentation on the TSI Noise revision and
presentations on other noise and vibration issues in order to keep the scope large and bringing things more

The project programme foresees ample time for discussion and the coffee and lunch breaks will allow
many opportunities for networking with colleagues from the railway sector as well as government and

The agenda of the workshop and online registration can be found on UIC homepage:
The deadline for registration is the 12th November 2010.

The workshop will be held in English and is free of charge.

For more information please contact Lisette Mortensen:

Announcement of the UIC polluted soil seminar
“Managing the financial and environmental risk of soil contamination of railway
properties” (Riga, Latvia, 14-15 October 2010)

In the framework of sustainable land use there is strong external pressure on railway companies for real
estate development on abandoned or partially used railway land. This requires that railway companies
manage the financial and environmental risk of soil contamination of their properties. The objectives of this
seminar are to exchange railway specific know-how and experiences and to give information about:

                        the problems that goes along with polluted soils
                        the state-of-the-art within the railway community
                        awareness at managerial levels of the need for
                         sustainable landuse
                        the challenge to intensify cooperation both within the
                         railway of community and with third parties
                        exploring efficient solutions and
                        demonstration of best practices.

The seminar is targeting environmental coordinators, project managers of real estate redevelopment etc.

The seminar is a two days seminar and is organized in close cooperation with the State Joint Stock
Company LATVIJAS DZELZCEĻŠ / LDZ / Latvian railway.
A technical visit has been planned for the second day of the seminar where the participants of the seminar
will make a tour at the LDZ Rolling Stock Service Riga Section, which is a locomotive depot where there
will be a demonstration of renovated fuel storage and locomotive servicing plant as well as different devices
for soil protection against pollution with oil products and will end with a visit to the Latvian Railway history

The project programme foresees ample time for discussion and the coffee and lunch breaks together with a
join dinner on the first day and a technical visit on the second day will allow many opportunities for
networking with colleagues from the railway sector as well as government and industry.

The seminar will be held in English and is free of charge.

To read more about the seminar, to see the detailed programme and online registration please visit

Deadline for online registration is the 8th October 2010.

For more information please contact Lisette Mortensen:

International Cooperation
The Bakou-Tbilissi-Kars railway: the Great Silk Road is restored
by rail

Turkish Transportation Minister Binali Yıldırım in Baku

The “BTK” (Bakou-Tbilissi-Kars) railway project
The key phase which will transform the famous Silk Road into a significant railway as the planned Bakou-
Tbilissi-Kars line becomes a reality, is being undertaken in Azerbaijan.

The interministerial coordination meeting, attended by the Turkish Transport Minister Binali Yıldırım, took
place in Bakou at the beginning of August. At the meeting, Mr Yıldırım met with his Azerbaijani counterpart,
Ziya Memedov and the Georgian Minister of regional development and infrastructure, Ramaz Nicolachvili.

Mr Yıldırım stressed that the project‟s completion would secure the uninterrupted transport link between
China and England and that the project would promote peace and stability in the region.

“Initially 1.5 million passengers and 6.5 million tonnes of cargo will be transported thanks to the project”
pointed out the Turkish Transport Minister. The Turkish, Azerbaijani and Georgian ministers announced the
intensification of work in an effort to complete the project as quickly as possible.

News from UIC Members / High Speed
U.S.A: US DoT Announces New, Historic Uniform High-Speed
Rail Design Standards to Help U.S. Manufacturers to Compete
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced last week the first-ever uniform technical standards
for the manufacture of high-speed intercity passenger rail cars, a development that will enhance the ability
of U.S. manufacturers to compete in what is set to become a burgeoning industry.

“As part of the Obama Administration‟s focus on maximizing manufacturing opportunities, these first-ever
uniform standards will provide an unprecedented opportunity for manufacturers in the U.S. – from rails to
wheel bearings, to final assembly – to build a strong, stable manufacturing base,” said Secretary LaHood.

A uniform standard creates a level playing field and economies of scale based on a common set of designs
and technical requirements allowing U.S. based manufacturers to more effectively compete. Fostering
healthy economic competition will drive down costs for rail owners and operators and the traveling public.
Further, maintenance and repair costs will be lower because of lower parts acquisition costs. And, training
can be streamlined with just one type of equipment, allowing faster turnaround for repairs.

The first technical standard will apply to bi-level passenger rail cars for use in high-speed passenger rail

“This is a milestone in the history of rail transportation,” said Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph C.
Szabo. “These standardized bi-level passenger rail cars will be able to operate nationwide and are
compatible with existing equipment. A common design also makes it easier to train maintenance personnel,
stock parts and perform repairs, which reduces costs.”

New bi-level cars will meet all current safety requirements and regulations, as well as be able to satisfy
future regulations for crash energy management. As existing passenger rail vehicles are replaced, the
addition of new stock will enhance system safety.
The standards will ensure that newly manufactured cars can be used with the current passenger
locomotive fleet, either alone or with existing bi-level cars, and are designed to accommodate entry and
departure from low-level platforms. The new cars will also be Americans with Disabilities Act -compliant.

Similar standards for single-level passenger rail cars are expected to be adopted by the end of the year.

The establishment of technical standards for high-speed rail operations is required by the Passenger
Railroad Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 and was developed by the Technical Subcommittee of
the Section 305 Next Generation Equipment Committee. Members include the Federal Railroad
Administration, Amtrak and state Departments of Transportation. The subcommittee also received input
and participation from rail industry manufacturers, freight railroads and transportation associations.

News from UIC Members
Algeria: SNTF revitalises its locomotive fleet
As part of the modernisation of the Algerian railway system the SNTF is currently renovating its locomotive
fleet. All diesel locomotives will be taken out of service by the end of the year. According to SNTF the
purchase of 64 new train sets will enable the transport of more than 60 million passengers per year,
beginning in 2013. In addition, a centre for the maintenance, repair and upkeep of the train sets has been
set up in the outskirts of Algiers.

News from UIC Members
France: RFF-SNCF agreement for improving services inside
railway stations
On 29 July 2010 Anne Florette, Manager of RFF‟s land and real estate assets division and Sophie
Boissard, Executive Manager of Gares & Connexions (SNCF) signed a partnership protocol to improve the
quality of service in railway stations.

The two partners have confirmed their commitment to collaborate in improving the quality of services inside
railway stations and observing the new environment laws for expanding public transport, particularly rail

The partnership has three objectives:

                        Improving passenger services (quality of passenger
                         information, cleanliness and comfort, ease of movement
                         around the station, intermodal transport information,
                           accessibility for persons with reduced mobility, security,
                          Guaranteeing high-quality services for railways and
                           organisational authorities;
                          Developing joint railway station projects which meet both
                           network capacity and land development requirements.

News from UIC Members
Switzerland: SBB Cargo International to be based in Olten
The new international freight operator created to handle transalpine transit services is to establish its
headquarters in Olten, a key rail freight hub. “Being based directly on the north-south corridor will make it a
prime location, easily accessible for colleagues from different regions”, explained Michael Stahlhut, CEO of
the forthcoming SBB Cargo International. The other advantage is its proximity to the station. Once
established, SBB Cargo International will employ around a hundred staff. Plans to fit out the office premises
are scheduled for autumn, to be ready for use in the first half of 2011.

News from UIC Members
Finland: VR Group’s net profit remains satisfactory
VR Group‟s CEO Mikael Aro considers the positive net result in the second quarter and the overall net
result for the first half of the year as satisfactory. Major factors in the growth in operating profit were the
increase in net turnover and the lighter cost structure.

According to Mr Aro, the programme of change VR Group began in autumn 2009 is progressing as
planned, and is already having a visible impact on the cost structure. However, he believes the programme
has to continue, so profitability can also reach a satisfactory level.
News from UIC Members
Jordan: From the Red Sea to the Black Sea Jordan becomes an
Associate Member of OTIF from 1 August
By acceding to OTIF as an Associate Member, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is making early
preparations to achieve optimum use of the railway network, currently construction is planned to
commence med 2011 and completed by 2014 and covering around 950 km, particularly by taking part in
the ongoing work within the Organization on technical interoperability and facilitation in rail transport.

As a transit country, Jordan is therefore taking account not just of the major amounts of trade from the Port
of Aqaba on the Red Sea towards Saudi Arabia, Gulf Cooperation Council countries, Iraq and Syria, but is
also closing the gap between the Red Sea westwards to Europe, via Turkey, and eastwards to China.

The Jordanian Railway Network will effectively create a new efficient corridor between Europe, Middle
Eastern and GCC countries. The project was approved as a priority on the Union for the Mediterranean
Initiative and as a major component of the Euro-Med Transport Network.

The infrastructure programme, with investments totalling 2.6 billion Euros, is part of the Arab Mashreq
International Railway Network project adopted in 2003. The Secretary General of OTIF in Berne, Stefan
Schimming, and the Minister of Transport of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Alaa Batayneh,
emphasised that “this early association will lay another fundamental building block for the uninterrupted
international transport of passengers and freight by rail. This is a clear commitment to the future
performance of carriage by rail geared to transcontinental requirements based on the contractual
conditions for international passenger and freight traffic described in the Uniform Rules, which are prepared
by OTIF”.

The body of regulations developed by OTIF also includes provisions for the carriage of dangerous goods,
contracts for the use of wagons, the contract on the use of railway infrastructure, the validation of technical
standards and adoption of uniform technical prescriptions for railway material and the procedures for the
technical approval of railway vehicles for use in international transport. As the 46th Member State of OTIF,
Jordan will in future also be able to contribute to these areas of work.

News from UIC Members
Russia: Vladimir Yakunin opens first section of new combined
road in Sochi
JSC Russian Railways is building the main infrastructure facility for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi: the
“Adler - Alpika Service” combined railway and highway. The lines of this road run to a total of 124.5 km,
including 6 tunnel complexes (a total of 14 tunnels), 36 rail and 31 road bridges. The project has a strict
completion deadline of 5 years, which requires focusing all logistical and financial resources on the
simultaneous operation of all sites.

The first section of the “Adler – Alpika-Service” combined railway and highway was officially opened on 11
August in Adler. As noted at the opening ceremony by Vladimir Yakunin, President of JSC Russian
Railways, the company put this first phase of the project into operation on schedule.

The new road will provide circular movement around the airport, which, in turn, will greatly facilitate the
organization of vehicle traffic at Olympic construction sites and ease congestion.

Next meetings scheduled
                            7-8 September 2010: Workshop on Assessment of Existing Bridges (Paris,

                            7-8 September 2010: Assesment of existing bridges (Paris)

                            9 September 2010: SSMG SAFETY SYSTEM MANAGEMENT GROUP
                             MEETING (VIENNA)

                            9 September 2010: OHSG

                            10 September 2010: Innovative measures for prevention and mitigation of
                             freight train derailments (Paris,UIC)

                            10 September 2010: GSM-R Prequalification Meeting #7 (UIC HQ, Paris)

                            13 September 2010: Rail System Forum Steering Board (UIC, Headquarters)

                            14 September 2010: Commercial group (Paris)

                            14 September 2010: SAFETY DATA BASE CORRESPONDENTS GROUP
                             (UIC HQ)

                            15 September 2010: Joint meeting Commercial + Technical Groups (Paris)

                            15-16 September 2010: COLPOFER - 53nd Conference (Lisbonne)

                            15 September 2010: Workshop - Winter and Railways (Paris UIC Headquarters

                            15 September 2010 - 0 0000: Passenger Technical Group

                            16 September 2010: Steering Committee Passenger Forum (preparation)

                            16 September 2010: Workshop on Railway Acoustics (UIC, Paris)

                            17 September 2010: Workshop : Train-Track Interaction Group (Paris, UIC)

                            17 September 2010: RCG Core Group Meeting (53 avenue des Arts B-1000
                             Brussels (6th floor))

                            20 September 2010: Security Platform Steering Committee (Paris, HQ)

                            20-21 September 2010: RSF RS SET 15 (Berlin (D))

                            21-22 September 2010: Statistics Steering Committee (BERLIN)
UIC e-News Editor: Marie Plaud
UIC Communications Department, Paris, 7 September 2010

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