ON MAY 31-June 2 Railway Gazette International and AiC Worldwide are staging the High Speed Rail 2000 conference in London. With a strong business focus, the event has attracted eminent speakers from the world’s high speed operators. They include: Chris Green, Chief Executive of Virgin Trains; David Azéma, Chairman & CEO of Eurostar Group; Antonio Savini Nicci, Managing Director of Italy’s TAV SpA; Dr Eberhard Jänsch, Director of High Speed Co-ordination at German Railway; Dr Juan Luis Martín Cuesta, Managing Director of AVE in Spain; David Carol, Vice President, HSR Corridors Development at Amtrak; Stephane Dupuy, Project Director, Speedrail; Emilio García, President of the Spanish Rail Infrastructure Authority GIF; and Sakae Ishikawa from JR Central.

This is the second year that Railway Gazette International is partnering AiC Worldwide for this commercially-focused high speed rail conference. This time, the event includes an exclusive visit to see the Pendolino Britannico Class 390 tilting trains being assembled for Virgin Trains by conference sponsor Alstom at its Birmingham plant. Several other designs of high speed train are in development - from the 350 km/h electric Talgo on this month’s front cover to Alstom’s AGV (above), a TGV derivative with distributed power that the firm is offering for the Madrid - Barcelona high speed line (p316).

With high speed lines under construction in Spain, Italy, Germany, Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands and Britain, this is a valuable opportunity to compare progress and meet other decision-makers in this specialist area of our industry.

For more information or registration, contact AiC Worldwide. Tel +44 20 7827 5976 Fax +44 20 7242 2320, or visit www.railexpo.com to register on-line.