JÖNKÖPING is once again hosting the Nordic Rail exhibition, and on October 4-6, eyes will turn to developments in the rail industries of Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland.

The region’s suppliers will be present to highlight their products and services, while exhibitors from further afield will be heading to southern Sweden to show what they can offer Nordic companies.

Running parallel with the exhibition will be over 100 seminars, taking an overall theme of ’The Future of Rail’.

The main conference will be centred on EU goals and ambitions for railways, how these will be implemented in the Nordic region and what the consequences will be. Unlike the twin themes of previous years, this year there will be a single conference encompassing both freight and passenger operations, leading to a panel discussion on priorities and service quality.

Alstom, Bombardier and Siemens will be among the systems integrators with stands at Nordic Rail. Component suppliers will include Kockum Sonics, highlighting the variety of Tyfon horns supplied for trains running in environments as diverse at the Øresund crossing and the Alice Springs - Darwin line. U-Lift will be launching a new lift to improve access to passenger trains, while wheels are the speciality of Duroc Rail. Ceccato will have details of its bespoke washing plants such as those supplied to Valenciennes and Dublin.

Knorr-Bremse will be showing its EP Compact brake controls and RZS pneumatic brake callipers, and an oil-free compressor which can work at temperatures down to -50íC. Subsidiary Transportdata will be showing telematic units for freight vehicles, which do not need an external power source.

Vossloh IT is to present an integrated dispatching and control operations management system for the first time, along with VosTrac which combines GPS and GSM to provide uninterrupted vehicle tracking. The Alister interlocking will be on show, alongside a range of information displays.

Video inspection of track, overhead electrification and tunnels and the ability of modern technology to detect defects automatically will be presented by Mer Mec, which is to deliver a Roger inspection vehicle to Swiss Federal Railways in November (p646).

Balfour Beatty Rail will be showing a 15 kV version of its TracFeed metal-enclosed medium voltage switchgear, developed for use in Sweden and Norway. Alongside this will be details of methods to test overhead electrification lines before they are energised, without the traditional test resistor and test circuit breaker. Carillion Rail Sverige will highlight its regional capabilities, and Spitzke staff will describe recent projects in Denmark.

Matisa’s Scandinavian agents will be promoting its track machines, and Plasser & Theurer will attend the show. Elektro-Thermit will be highlighting its High Performance Weld and SkV Elite aluminothermic welding processes, as well as the Railscan trolley mounted device for determining the neutral temperature of rails, such as those produced by companies including Voestalpine.

Ansaldo Signal Sweden will be promoting its work in the signalling sector. Saab Contracting will be on hand to discuss its capabilities in signalling and telecoms, and the electrification work carried out in co-operation with its partners. Avitec staff will explain how communications on the Minsk metro and trams in Lisboa are being upgraded with GSM and Tetra products. At the heart of the Westinghouse stand will be a video presentation on the Spanish pilot installation of Futur, Invensys Rail Systems’ ETCS-linked traffic management system. There will also be a simulation of its CBTC Train Control which is in use on the Madrid Metro and lies at the heart of a London Underground re-signalling initiative.

Consultancies represented will include Danish firm Rambøll, which offers traffic planning, engineering and rolling stock services across the Nordic region. Transrail Sweden is organising a seminar on its CATO software which plans the optimal way a train should be driven to minimise energy consumption. Interfleet Technology will be highlighting its expansion into Scandinavia, while Charmec will keep visitors up to date with the cutting edge of research.

Industry group Swerig will be drumming up export business for the host country, while Mafex represents Spanish manufacturers. The Swiss Rail Industry Association will be presenting a national stand, where Pixy will be unveiling SIP-10.xx display screens for use on train and tram drivers’ consoles.

Come and meet Railway Gazette Internationalat Nordic Rail on stand B02:03