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Berlin draws record turnout

01 Sep 2002

Over 900 exhibitors will be present at the Berlin Messe on September 24-27

INNOTRANS: Visitors to InnoTrans 2002 in Berlin would do well to plan their time carefully. More than 900 companies from 30 countries are exhibiting, and the organisers have expanded the event to fill 13 halls covering 28000m2, around twice the space filled at InnoTrans 2000.

German exhibitors will inevitably dominate the show, but there has been a significant increase in bookings from Central and Eastern Europe, notably Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. The Far East will be represented by Hitachi Ltd and the Japan Overseas Rolling Stock Association, plus Qiqihar Railway Rolling Stock Ltd from China and companies from South Korea. Among US suppliers will be the Electro-Motive Division of General Motors and Lubriquip, while Bishop Austrans and Ross Equipment will represent Australia. National industry groupings booking stands include Britain's Railway Industry Association and the SwissRail Export Association.

Extensive outdoor trackage provides ample scope for the rolling stock builders to show off their latest products. Bombardier Transportation is shipping in a Class 185 electric locomotive, a Blue Tiger diesel unit, an Itino set destined for Erfurter Industriebahn, and a wide-bodied Regina trainset for a Swedish customer. Its light rail range will be represented by a Cityrunner for the Polish city of Lodz. The company also plans to feature its high-capacity AGC railcar design, which it is supplying to French National Railways in diesel, electric and diesel-electric versions.

Siemens Transportation Systems will display a Class 189 locomotive (p540), a EuroRunner diesel-electric loco, an overhead line inspection car, double-deck push-pull stock for Austrian Federal Railways, a Cargo Mover and a metro car for Praha. Other products will feature on the company's indoor booth. Two Vossloh locos will be available for inspection (right), and Stadler plans to exhibit a Regioshuttle for Hamburger Hochbahn and a diesel-electric GTW railcar for New Jersey. The Lirex concept train that attracted much interest in 2000 will not be present, but Alstom promises to 'again present train and rail system innovations'. Talgo, Arbel Fauvet Rail and Fahrzeugtechnik Dessau are other builders to watch for.

Among innovative products for the freight business will be a three-axle bogie for 25 tonne axleloads developed by ELH Eisenbahnlaufwerke Halle.

Look out for traction and transmission equipment on the stands of Secheron, Cummins, Voith Turbo, Kiepe Elektrik and Elin EGB Traction. Rolling stock lessors include Angel Trains International and Porterbrook. Among suppliers of components for passenger stock are Faiveley and gangway specialists Hübner.

Track machinery specialists should visit Plasser & Theurer and Matisa, while companies to see in the track materials and infrastructure business include Voest Alpine, Balfour Beatty Rail, Getzner Werkstoffe, Schwihag, Leonhard Weiss and Cogifer.