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The RETRACK project started in May 2007 and is now in its final phase.  You are invited to join a conference on “RailFreight without borders”, both a final summation of the RETRACK project’s findings and successes and a launch event for synergy and interaction between the new research initiatives in this field. Hosted in the historic city of Budapest, at the Hungarian Railway Museum, the event will run over two days and will appeal to policy makers, operators, researchers, infrastructure managers and potential customers of future rail freight.

This free event will cover rail freight operations, policy, infrastructure, new concepts, longer remote controlled freight trains, shorter faster trains, refrigerated goods, synergistic hub planning and the opportunities to ship by rail through Europe-Asia to China by Siberia and TRACECA. The Conference will also feature contributions from other associated RailFreight Projects such as SUSTRAIL; D-Rail; Twin Hub; Marathon and SPECTRUM. There will be a Gala Dinner on 11th. Sign up now:


RETRACK Conference 2012

11 & 12 June, Budapest



Departure for conference venue by chartered vintage train

09:00– 09:30

Registration & Coffee

09: 30- 09:45

Chairman’s Welcome:

Thomas Zunder, NewRail, Newcastle University, UK

09:45 – 10:15

Keynote Speech:  TBA, European Commission, BE

10:15 – 10:45

Keynote Speech: Mr Zoltan Schvab, Deputy State Secretary for Transport, Hungary

10:45 – 11:15


11:15 – 11:45

Overview of RETRACK Project:

Tariq van Rooijen, TNO, Project Co-ordinator, NL

11:45 – 12:15

RETRACK as a commercial operation:

Johannes Marg, Transpetrol, DE

12:15 – 13:15


13:15 – 13:45

TWIN HUB, a model to optimize mass rail freight traffic from ports: Ekki Kreutzberger, TU Delft, NL

13:45 – 14:15

RETRACK training & simulation systems:

Remco Arnoldus, Delta Rail, NL

14:15 – 14:45


14:45 – 15:15

SUSTRAIL, the Sustainable Freight Railway:

Donato Zangani, D’Appolonia, IT

15:15– 15:45

RETRACK Heading East: Eurasian railfreight opportunities: Adriaan Roest Crollius, PANTEIA, NL

15:45 – 16:00

Summary of Day 1:

Theodore Schlickmann, Research and Innovative Transport Systems, D.G.Move., BE


Chartered vintage train departs for Nyugati station


09:00 – 09:30

EU Railfreight Policy:

Thomas Zunder, NewRail, Newcastle University, UK

09:30 – 10:00

D-Rail, proactively preventing freight wagon derailment:

Stephen Ingleton, NewRail, Newcastle University, UK

10:00 – 10:30

Flexible RailFreight ICT, handling dynamic railway undertaking relationships: Markus Brozio, SOPTIM, DE

10:30 – 11:00


11:00 – 11:30

SPECTRUM, Innovative rail freight concepts seizing lost and new markets: Ross Jackson, NewRail, Newcastle University, UK

11:30 – 12:00

MARATHON, Long, remotely controlled trains:

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

12:00 – 12:30

The RETRACK Railway Corridor Knowledge Base:

Paul van de Lande, TNO, NL

12:30 – 13:30


13:30 – 14:00

Development of cross-border rail freight transport in Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe: Mr Marcin Foltynski - Instytut Logistyki i Magazynowania

14:00 – 15:00

Round Table: The future for “Railfreight without borders”:

(Dr T Schlickmann (EC), Johannes Marg (Transpetrol))

15:00 – 16:00

Chairman’s Summary of Day 2 & Closing Remarks



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