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“Twin hub network, concept and structure of a new European project.”

Dr. Ekki Kreutzberger, Senior researcher, Research Institute OTB, Delft University of Technology



The Twin hub network is about complementary cooperation of seaports in order to increase network connectivity, service frequency, size of trainloads and infrastructure utilisation in European intermodal rail transport: let Dutch containers lift on Antwerp trains wherever these have or could have a strong market position, and Belgian containers on Rotterdam trains wherever these are, or could be, strong in the market. The smaller seaports are attached by train to the hinterland rail services of the two large seaports. Inland terminals transport their containers to the seaports in the Amsterdam-Zeebrugge range in joint, instead of separate, trains. The described bundling takes place by means of hub-and-spoke networks.


“Training the train drivers and dispatchers using innovative simulation tools and technologies.”

Remco Arnoldus MSc. Consultant / Project manager, DeltaRail BV

The goal of Work Package 5 is to deliver training to staff using an innovative rail traffic and train simulator. Also, to compare the present interoperability situation with a simulated future interoperability situation (with ERTMS and a Code of Language) using the KPI’s developed in RETRACK.
In the presentation, first the methodology behind the training will be presented. Then the training simulator and the training itself will be presented. The presentation will include snapshots and other visual content to give the audience an idea of the training. After the presentation the simulator will be demonstrated at the conference.



“The sustainable freight railway: designing the freight vehicle – track system for higher delivered tonnage with improved availability at reduced cost.”

Donato Zangani, R&D Manager, D’Appolonia S.p.A.

A sustainable and efficient freight transport in Europe plays a vital role in having a successful and competitive economy.
SUSTRAIL aims to contribute to a new era in the rail freight sector by adopting a holistic approach and implementing a clear methodology to develop innovations in both freight vehicles and track infrastructure components. This deliberate approach will account for innovations in both vehicles and infrastructure.  Higher vehicle speed and increasing axle load will be achieved by means of new vehicle system design and novel lightweight materials; while higher infrastructure efficiency will be achieved by means of optimized track geometry, ground stabilization and novel monitoring techniques.


"RETRACK Heading East: Eurasian railfreight opportunities".

Arnaud Burgess, Manager business development & operations, Panteia.

RETRACK WP13 focuses on the potential of the RETRACK corridor extension to China and Russia. There are multiple options available through three main railway corridors: Trans-Siberian corridor, Central - Kazakhstan corridor and the TRACECA rail corridor. Each of these corridors will be presented through several concrete rail routes, together with their strengths and weaknesses. We will give an overview of the bottlenecks in terms of market, institutional and technical/interoperability bottlenecks.


“EU Railfreight Policy”

Tom Zunder, Principal Research Associate – NewRail, Newcastle University.

Using qualitative research with face-to-face and telephone interviews with policy, rail and logistics operators, this presentation reports to what extent a free open access railfreight market exists. The desk top research conducted analysis of EU freight policy from the 1991 Railway Directives, through successive White Papers from the 1992 Common transport policy, to the recent 2011 White Paper, and the recent (February 2010 to February 2012) operational records of RETRACK. The evidence to date is mixed. New entrants can operate within the open access environment, although facing many barriers from the incumbents, infrastructure managers, rail regulators, and terminal operators.


“Market opportunities for time low density, high value (LDHV) goods transport, to be served by new innovative rail freight concepts.”

Ross Jackson - Researcher, NewRail, Newcastle University.

Presented is an assessment of the market opportunities for low density, high value (LDHV) goods transport, to be served by new innovative rail freight concepts.
Research combines an examination of freight transport statistics, modelling results from packages such as TRANS-TOOLS and is complemented by the examination of four case studies: Proctor & Gamble (transport of LDHV goods over long distance and into urban conurbations), FloraHolland (transport of temperature controlled cargo such as flowers and plants), Innovatrain (transport of intermodal goods) and London CAREX (transport of time sensitive goods traditionally transported by air freight using specially designed terminals and the European high speed rail network). The case studies allow the identification of barriers to operating rail freight services in the area of LDHV goods.


“MARATHON: Long, remotely controlled trains.”

Armand Toubol, ex-S.N.C.F. Fret.

To resolve the congestion problem of the main European ports, confronted by the arrival of ever bigger container carriers of more than 18000 TEU, the Tiger and Tiger Demo projects, led by NewOpera, are developing the concept of an inland dry port, connected by direct shuttles to the maritime port, as well as the concepts of ‘Mega-Hubs’, ‘iPorts’ and traffic bundling from several ports. To enhance the efficiency of the shuttles of those projects, Newopera is also technically leading the Marathon project to operate coupled trains of 1500m, with distributed traction, on the European Network. For each project a demonstrator will have to prove the results…


“The Railway Corridor knowledge base of RETRACK.”


Paul van de Lande, Senior Consultant, Logistics & Sustainable transport, TNO

One of the products developed by RETRACK is a knowledge base, including GIS, tabular and document functionalities. It provides a quick and dedicated overview of the relevant aspects of the corridor and the RETRACK services in specific. It also provides the possibility to monitor the development of the corridor over time. Besides information on the rail corridor and services also comparisons are possible with other modes of transport. The knowledge base is set up in such a way that more corridors can be added in order to be suitable to describe and monitor the Single European Railway Area.



“Development of cross-border rail freight transport in Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe”


Marcin Foltynski - ILM


The idea of the project FLAVIA (Freight and Logistics Advancement in Central/South-East Europe - Validation of trade and transport processes, Implementation of improvement actions, Application of co-coordinated structures) is to establish intermodal cooperation and to develop the logistics corridor from Central to South-East Europe and Black Sea countries. Project FLAVIA intends to improve intermodal cargo flows instead of building new infrastructure, hence the chosen approach will be a logistics process, oriented by using instruments like benchmarking, bottleneck analysis and accessibility analysis. FLAVIA will not develop a spatial planning corridor or specific road/rail connection. The project will implement measures for a better interconnectivity and will promote the idea of intermod