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Heritage calendar highlights

A number of cities are to host tempting events for those interested in heritage tramway operations this year. The Belgian city of Antwerp is to repeat its heritage tramway event with an expanded programme for 2017, including operation every Sunday during July and August (timetables to be announced) worked mostly by former Vicinal Standard 9994. Italy’s Rittnerbahn (Ferrovia del Renon) will also set the stage for a series of events to mark its 110th anniversary, with a jubilee day on 13 August when most hetiage rolling stock is likely to make an appearance. Over in Zürich, the heritage programme extends over the entire season, celebrating the tenth year of the Burgwies Museum and the 50th anniversary of Tram-Museum Zürich. The main anniversary event is to be held on 3 June, while 21 May will see a unique tram parade spanning horse trams through to the low-floor Cobra. For further information, visit www.ritten.com (Ferrovia del Renon), or www.tram-museum.ch/en/anniversary-year-2017...
SmartRail Europe

SmartRail Europe

Exploiting advancing technology in a time and cost-efficient manner is crucial in order to increase safety, capacity and revenues for railway infrastructure managers and operators. However, deploying, integrating and successfully operating the latest systems and technologies requires a collaborative, integrated and system-wide approach. SmartRail Europe – 5-6 April 2017, Amsterdam – is the annual show for railway infrastructure managers, train operating companies, system and data integrators and technology suppliers to create the digital railway of the future. This event provides the perfect platform to meet this need, allowing innovative suppliers to showcase their innovations and meet with a focused range of budget-holders with increasing IT and technology budgets and spending power. Featured speakers include: Geir Isaksen, Chief Executive Officer, Norwegian State Railways Pavel Krtek, Chief Executive Officer, CD Czech Railways Marjon Kaper, Managing Director, NS International Federica Santini, Chief Strategy Officer, Trenitalia To read an interview with Federica Santini, please visit www.smartrailworld.com/5-minutes-with…-federica-santini-cso-for-trenitalia For operators, SmartRail Europe is free to attend; industry suppliers receive a 15% discount by quoting TRAM15. Visit www.SmartRailEurope.com for more information....
LightRail 2017 (Part of the World Metrorail Congress)

LightRail 2017 (Part of the World Metrorail Congress)

Innovation. Technology. Performance. For the world’s light rail & tram community and their partners. 25 – 26 April 2017,  London, UK. The LightRail Congress is a stream of the main World Metrorail Congress conference that focuses on the latest light rail projects and future upgrade plans. CEOs of light rail operators from around the world come together to explore how they can improve planning, design and implementation of public transport systems. If you can help light rail operators plan, implement and manage their systems better, then you need to be at LightRail 2017. LightRail shares the exhibition floor with the main World Metrorail Congress, meaning that you can demonstrate your solutions to the global rail community all under one roof. All premium conferences have a shared exhibition floor, attracting over hundreds of visitors. If your solution can transform signalling across the rail industry and you need to know about the latest modernisation upgrades, then this event is for you. About the Metrorail World Congress: Once again, the 13th annual Metrorail World Congress will bring together worldwide rail urban experts to deliver the latest insights into ground-breaking strategies and topics set to revolutionise your day-to-day activities. In 2017, the event continues to grow and attract C-level executives from metros, urban rail projects and light rail systems from around the world. This event helps rail operators and transport authorities plan, develop and improve their public transport systems and assess which suppliers can aid them in doing so. World Metrorail Congress, RailTel & CBTC, RailPower & LightRail: by bringing four events together under one roof, you get to choose the sessions most applicable to help...
Get ready for the UITP Summit 2017, Montreal

Get ready for the UITP Summit 2017, Montreal

On 15-17 May 2017, the international public transport community, including urban transport decision-makers and industry suppliers will come together in Montréal for the Global Public Transport Summit, the not-to-miss rendezvous for urban transport professionals. The UITP Global Public Transport Summit is a unique biennial event that covers all urban and regional transport modes. It combines a full programme of congress sessions together with an extensive exhibition of the latest solutions, innovations and products in public transport and urban mobility. The UITP Summit is your chance to exchange ideas and challenges with likeminded colleagues, and create quality relationships and network with your peers from around the world. For more information and to book, visit UITP’s website at:...
Global Light Rail Awards 2016

Global Light Rail Awards 2016

New UK Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport Paul Maynard told the Global Light Rail Awards on 5 October “you definitely have a supporter here today”. He said he looked forward to working with UKTram to push costs down and added “I’m not new to the sector as I have seen the tramway develop in Blackpool and know its importance to the community… I want there to be more and more systems competing to win these awards”. Mr Maynard is the Member of Parliament for Blackpool North and Cleveleys and was appointed in July, replacing Andrew Jones. The politician was speaking at the awards ceremony in London, at which he helped hand out awards to organisations as diverse as Spain’s Tranvía de Zaragoza and Pre-Metro Operations, which operates the UK’s Stourbridge Branch with a Parry People Mover railcar. In a packed hall, winners also included Nottingham Express Transit and Edinburgh Trams for the Most Improved Systems, and Metrolink RATP Dev, named Operator of the Year for its work in Manchester. However, perhaps the greatest applause was reserved for two individuals who won special awards from the event’s judges: London’s First Tram Operations Managing Director John Rymer, and Manchester’s Dave Skirrow, who has led attempts to improve safety through improved under-run protection. Next year’s ceremony is to be held on 4 October 2017.   Full winners’ roll:   Significant Safety Initiative Sponsored by Mott MacDonald Winner – Transdev Dublin Light Rail, Transport Infrastructure Ireland (Red Light Safety Cameras) Winner – MPT (Manchester Metrolink’s Second City Crossing) Highly commended – Bombardier Transportation (Obstacle Detection Assistance System)   Project Under EUR50m Winner...
Ffestiniog Travel – 2017 dedicated tram tours

Ffestiniog Travel – 2017 dedicated tram tours

Tour operator Ffestiniog Travel has extended its escorted holiday programme to include more dedicated tram tours in the UK and Europe. It offers a chance to indulge your hobby within a relaxed, informative and organised holiday shared with fellow enthusiasts.   English Trams and Trolleybuses The ultimate pilgrimage of England’s tram network is captured in Ffestiniog Travel’s English Trams and Trolleybuses tour – a comprehensive 14-day escorted journey that travels the length and breadth of England visiting tram networks, both heritage and modern. It includes in-depth tours and driving experiences on trams and trolleybuses as you journey from Newcastle via Sheffield, Nottingham, Liverpool, Blackpool, Manchester, Birmingham and Devon to London. This escorted tour includes private, behind the scenes guided tours, hands on experiences including the chance to drive, navigate points and take control of vintage trams. Enjoy a generous slice of England’s tram transportation history by exploring the Beamish Living Museum, Sandtoft Trolleybus Museum, Crich Tramway Museum, Wirral Transport Museum and Heritage Tramway, the Black Country Living Museum, Blackpool’s famous trams and depot and the Seaton Tramway. Compare this with modern journeys and tours on Newcastle’s Metro system, Sheffield’s SuperTram and Depot, explore the Nottingham Express Transit, Manchester’s Metrolink, Midland Metro and be guided by a professional London Blue Badge Tourist Guide around the London Tramlink and the Docklands Light Railway. This is a fabulous special interest holiday dedicated to the country’s tram heritage and modern fleet that includes accommodation in good quality hotels, rail travel and all tram excursions, plus the services of a tour leader throughout.   Trams in Europe Other tours on offer include Trams of...