INTRO: From October 28 to 30 Berlin’s exhibition grounds will be hosting the InnoTrans and Railway Construction events, as well as the third Eurailspeed world congress on high-speed rail

EXHIBITORS FROM 20 countries and visitors from over 60 are expected in Berlin at the end of October. InnoTrans ’98, the International Trade Fair for Transport Technology, Innovative Components, Vehicles, Systems, is being held under the patronage of Federal Transport Minister Matthias Wissmann. Organiser Messe Berlin is expecting over 300 companies to participate in the exhibition.

In addition to indoor displays of products and services for the railway industry, rolling stock will be presented outdoors, where Messe Berlin has constructed new display sidings within the fair complex.

Exhibits are expected to include the Class 612 tilting diesel multiple-unit for German Railway from Adtranz, as well as members of the Citadis LRV family from Alstom. Bombardier will be presenting its Talent DMU and the Class 445 double-deck EMU for DB, and PFA coaches for regional service rebuilt under the PUMA concept. Siemens will be presenting its modular Combino LRV now being delivered to the neighbouring city of Potsdam.

Freight exhibits include the DB Cargo Class 145 electric freight loco from Adtranz, together with the company’s new Automatic Loading System. Siemens will be showing its EuroSprinter-derived Class 152 electric freight loco, whilst advanced wagon designs are coming from Bombardier Transportation. Alstom subsidiary LHB GmbH will be displaying its latest 70 m3 tank cars for chemical traffic, whilst Rail GmbH of Mettmann will be showing its redesigned DH 1504 diesel locomotive, a 116 m3 pressurised gas wagon, and a four axle Shimms wagon. On the infrastructure side, Schaltbau subsidiary Pintsch Aben is to unveil a new point heating system.

Varied seminars

There will be a supporting programme of conferences and seminars covering 12 sessions, ranging from vehicle technology, transport telematics, and logisticsto research into mobility and advanced rolling stock designs.

Berlin International Design Centre is organising a conference on ’safeguarding mobility with public transport’, covering developments such as real-time passenger information systems, accessible rolling stock, and multi-modal interchange. The concluding panel discussion will be devoted to the growing challenges resulting from increased integration among the providers of transport services.

Another session organised by the German Transport Planning Office will look at the regionalisation of responsibility for local public transport, with papers covering a comparison of different European models, relationships with the national rail network, the optimum size of local public transport operators, and new methods of financing local services.

A conference on cross-border rail services in the EU will look at ways of harmonising technical standards and safety rules, analysing the differences between national concepts of service, operating and safety. Other seminars will look at current developments and commercial prospects in China, Russia and Central Europe, and a forum on the measures by the EU to promote research into innovative transport technologies.

High-speed showcase

Taking place simultaneously with InnoTrans is Eurailspeed 98, the 3rd World Congress on High Speed Rail, which is being held at the Berlin International Congress Centre. Around 2000 delegates are expected to attend the event, which is being organised by the International Union of Railways. The 18 congress sessions will examine topics including environmental impact, rolling stock technology, funding and meeting customer needs. As well as case studies from Europe and Japan, the congress will discuss the prospects for high-speed rail in eastern Europe, North America, Asia and Australia.

Eurailspeed will have its own exhibition, bringing together manufacturers of rolling stock and components such as CKD Praha Holding, Fiat Ferroviaria and Patentes Talgo, as well as operators and organisations planning and promoting high-speed lines. A selection of models of projected new stations for high-speed services, from a variety of countries, will be on display.

Rolling stock on show at DB’s Grunewald workshops near the Messe is expected to include ICE-3 and ICT trainsets, and the ETR480 and ETR500 operated by Italian State Railways. Swiss Federal Railways will present its IC2000 double-deck stock and IC-Neigezug tilting train, alongside TGV Duplex and Thalys trainsets operated by French National Railways.

Infrastructure focus

Also taking place at the International Congress Centre is the Bahn Bau ’98 conference, organised by the German Association of Railway Engineers (VDEI). This will focus on structural and technical changes in operational control, guidance and safety systems.

With the opening of the Hannover - Berlin high-speed line on September 15, a timely discussion will look at the demands imposed on modern track by high speed operations. The wide-ranging debate will also review the latest concepts and current developments in track construction and civil engineering. There will be a series of demonstrations by suppliers of products and services to the infrastructure sector. o

Further Information

InnoTrans ’98

Messe Berlin GmbH

Tel: +49 30 3038 20 16

Fax: +49 30 3038 20 30

Bahn-Bau ’98


Tel: +49 30 297 46 862

Fax: +49 30 297 46 880

Eurailspeed ’98


Congress Secretariat, UIC

Tel: +33 1 44 49 20 26

Fax: +33 1 44 49 20 28



Deutsche Bahn Medien GmbH

Tel: +49 21 02 10 95 23

Fax: +49 21 02 259 65

Exhibitors on the web

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