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Rail-Tech Europe 2003

01 Mar 2003

WE ARE delighted to be supporting the Rail-Tech Europe 2003 event being staged in Utrecht on April 1-3. Organised by Europoint, Rail-Tech Europe 2003 will be held in the Royal Dutch Jaarbeurs with a three-day exhibition and a technical congress themed on noise, vibration and the environment. Day 1 of the congress will focus on high speed lines, with sessions on track design, maintenance and quality monitoring. Day 2 will be devoted to infrastructure, with sessions on vehicle-track interaction, vibration, mitigation measures and standards. On the third day delegates will address the wheel-rail interface and life-cycle costs, with sessions on wheel profiles, profile measuring and costs. Each day can be booked separately.

Major suppliers such as Alstom, Bombardier, Plasser & Theurer and Siemens are among the exhibitors, and around 200m of track has been laid for rolling stock displays. A technical tour to the Wildenrath test centre in Germany has been arranged to follow the event on April 4. For more details and registration e-mail congress@railtech.nl or see p118.

  • Among talking points at Rail-Tech Europe 2003 will be the future of the dedicated Betuwe freight route under construction between Rotterdam Maasvlakte and the German frontier near Emmerich. Last month the Netherlands transport ministry conceded that the line will not be able to cover its €4·5bn cost, while the opening date has slipped to 2007. Among the cost-saving options being considered by Transport Minister Roelf de Boer are abandonment of the 25 kV 50Hz electrification and laying only a single track, on which trains would operate in flights in each direction.