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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...

SafeRail Congress

The 7th annual SafeRail congress is the only dedicated congress for all stakeholdersinvolved in the operational safety, digital and physical security on the US railroad andtransit network. The interactive and intimate environment brings together 250 safetyheads, signalling and telecom managers, IT heads, project managers, security heads andenforcement officials with the leading safety systems, mission critical communicationsolutions and cyber security vendors that must collaborate to guarantee operational safety andprotect people and assets from attack. Please visit www.saferailcongress.com for more...

SmartRail Europe

5-6 April 2017 Amsterdam, Netherlands SmartRail Europe is the annual show for railway infrastructure managers, train operating companies, systemand data integrators and technology suppliers to create the digital railway of the future. Exploiting advancing technology in a time and cost efficient manner is crucial in order to increase safety, capacity andrevenues for railway infrastructure managers and operators. Deploying, integrating and successfully operating the latestsystems and technologies however, requires a collaborative, integrated and system wide approach. SmartRail Europeprovides the perfect platform to meet this need allowing innovative suppliers to the industry to showcase their innovationsand meet with a focused range of budget holders with increasing IT and technology budgets and spending power. Visit www.SmartRailEurope.com for more...
Intermodal 2016

Intermodal 2016

Can coherent and efficient integrated travel strategies be developed across all modes that satisfy all parties and bring us more in line with the needs of the passenger? TAUT reports from two days of debate in the UK city of Nottingham. The challenges of increased urbanisation, road congestion and poor air quality are regularly addressed in TAUT, as are the opportunities presented by technology and smart solutions. We all accept that trams and light rail are not the complete solution to challenging the convenience of private travel, however with the pronounced way that our relationship with travel is changing, the interaction between the growing popularity of light rail and how that integrates with other forms of transport are key to how our society develops. Intermodal 2016, held in the UK city of Nottingham on 20-21 June, addressed many of the issues in the creation of the development of efficient integrated transport networks that deliver comfortable, secure, connected end-to-end journeys. The UK’s Department for Transport’s figures show that the car is the most common mode of travel (accounting for 64% of all trips in 2014, and 78% of the total distance travelled in the latest available data). Of all journeys made in 2014, 19% were under one mile (1.6km), and 66% under five miles and although 24% of households in England have no car access, bus and rail usage outside the capital is shown to be on the decline. The UK’s tramways and light rail systems buck this trend, however, with the latest figures showing widespread year-on-year growth (allied to larger networks and greater availability of services) and Transport Focus...

Light Rail Awards celebrate global achievements

Winners from around the world came together at the ninth running of the Light Rail Awards, supported by First Tram Operations, in London on 7 October. The biggest such event to date, the 2015 ceremony saw recognition of achievements from as far afield as Israel, the USA, Poland, France and Algeria as well as the UK, with around 300 guests in attendance. The prestigious Manufacturer of the Year honour was given this year to Pesa, a company that has transformed itself from having a purely heavy rail background into one of the most recognised names in light rail. The judging panel praised not only the quality of the firm’s products, but also its success in taking its products beyond its domestic markets. Brookville Equipment Corporation won an accolade for technical innovation for its Liberty streetcar, a new low-floor LRV aimed at the American market. The Liberty is capable of running both on overhead catenary and onboard lithium-ion batteries and was recently put into service in Dallas, Texas. The Jerusalem Transportation Masterplan Team was recognised in the category for environmental and sustainability initiatives, due to the role of the city’s tramway in reducing air pollution in the city centre by a remarkable 85%. UK winners included Tramlink Nottingham for delivery of Phase Two of Nottingham Express Transit – a two-line expansion that has more than doubled the size of the system (for a comprehensive review of NET Phase Two see the special publication with this issue). Sharing the accolade with Nottingham for major projects was Transport for Greater Manchester for the expansion of Metrolink to Manchester Airport – a 14.5km...

Ambitious plans in the Eurasian region for 2023 deadline

It is an exciting time to be involved in the rail industry in the Eurasia region where no region is experiencing growth in such a rapid way. In Turkey alone, $46 billion has been invested in expansion. And by 2023 it expects to have completed its ambitious plans to expand its rail and metro network. Here are some of the highlights: In 2014 the construction of a high speed rail line between Istanbul and Ankara was taken on by TCDD, cutting the travel time between Turkey’s two principal cities in half. Offering a safer and more comfortable alternative to car travel, the service is now operational, but 3500km (2175 miles) of line is still to be built. Back in October Siemens announced plans to open a new tram production facility on the outskirts of capital. Turkey’s Interim Science, Industry and Technology Minister, Fikri Işık announced that €13 Billion is to be invested into the purchasing of new tram cars and metro vehicles. Alongside this 24 000km (14 913 miles) of line will undergo technical upgrades. Development so far has gone well but as you can see there is still more to be done.  High-level speakers from the region’s top operators will be discussing these developments and what further solutions are needed at SmartRail Eurasia in Istanbul on 26-27 January 2016. Visit the website or download the brochure to find out...