INTRO: The Fifth International Railway Congress organised by the Union of European Railway Engineer Associations and the French Railways Engineers & Executives Association is taking place at the Palais de la Musique et des Congrès in Strasbourg from May 19 to 22
Rail 21 is to examine innovation, technology and perspectives for European railways and transport in the 21st Century, and will be opened on May 19 by Dr Antonio Laganà, President of the Union of European Railway Engineer Associations (UEEIV). Delegates will also be welcomed by Jean-Henri Lemoussu, President of the French Railways Engineers & Executives Association (AFFI), and the opening session of the congress on transport and railway policy in Europe will include addresses from the French Minister for Transport Jean-Claude Gayssot and European Commissioner for Transport Neil Kinnock.
The congress will also examine railways in Europe and Asia, as well as infrastructure and rail vehicles for the next century, with contributions from operators, international organisations and research institutions.
Developments from the supply industry will be presented in two sessions, with papers on topics including track maintenance, rolling stock for regional services and diagnostic systems for infrastructure and vehicles.
Track and rolling stock
Alongside the congress, the Palais de la Musique et des Congrès will be hosting an exhibition of railway equipment and services. Passenger and freight rolling stock, as well as track maintenance equipment and intermodal freight handling systems, will be displayed at French National Railway’s Cronenbourg freight terminal, served by a shuttle bus from the main congress site.
Rolling stock manufacturers exhibiting at Rail 21 will include Adtranz, Arbel-Fauvet-Rail, Bombardier Transportation, GEC Alsthom and Siemens. Components for rolling stock on display will include suspension springs from AMSU, seats from Compin, electric traction equipment from Elin and wheelsets from Valdunes.
Exhibitors of track materials and components will include Butzbacher Weichenbau, Cogifer, Pandrol, Rawie, Sateba, Stedef, VAE and Vossloh. Geismar, Leonard Weiss, Matisa, Plasser & Theurer, Railtech and Speno will be amongst the companies presenting products and services for track maintenance.
Also present at the exhibition will be the French railway industry association FIF and the country’s track suppliers and contractors association Sycafer. o
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