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Innotrans trade fair kicks off in Berlin – News

Innotrans trade fair kicks off in Berlin – News
Innotrans trade fair kicks off in Berlin – News

New equipment from Alstom for Luxembourg (left) and Polish manufacturer Newag for regional services in Poland is on display as the InnoTrans trade fair opens in Berlin. Keith Fender

Berlin – Innotrans, the world’s largest rail industry trade fair, is back after a four-year hiatus caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The four-axle “Bison” electric locomotive is manufactured by CRRC of China for use by the Hungarian freight rail company Rail Cargo Hungary. Keith Fender.

The show opened its doors in Berlin today (Tuesday, September 20), with 2,834 exhibitors from 56 countries using the entire Messe Berlin exhibition grounds, which include 26 buildings over 1.7 million square feet, as well as 124 rail vehicles on display. Over 3 miles of track onsite. Hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world are expected each day during the four-day show.

Technological change with new trains powered by batteries and hydrogen alongside traditional electric or diesel propulsion and the growing use of digital technology in railway operations are key themes of the event. New locomotive designs – in full size and model form – are on display from manufacturers around the world.

The new Talgo electric locomotive for Germany’s DB, being built in Madrid, has been revealed in model form. Keith Fender

Indoor exhibitions showcase not only new technologies, but also international projects to build or expand rail systems, including ambitious plans in the Middle East (Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates) and high-speed rail plans in Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic.

Among the equipment on display: the first hydrogen-powered passenger train for the United States, to be presented by Stadler. Train News Wire will feature this and hydrogen trains from other manufacturers in an upcoming report

Ukrainian Rail boss Berlin UZ head Oleksandr Kamyshyn, right, and PKP chairman Krzysztof Maminsky speak to world media. Keith Fender

Ukrainian Railways (Ukrzaliznytsia or UZ) boss Oleksandr Kamyshyn is attending the trade fair and signing several cooperation agreements with European rail operators. At a news conference with Polish national rail company PKP, speaking in English, Kamyszyn said it was the 209th day of the war with Russia and that its system continued to be shelled or attacked daily. So far, 244 UZ employees have been killed on duty and another 425 seriously injured. He reiterated that his country is determined to join the European Union and commented that Ukraine is “paying a really high price for that” in the form of Russian aggression.

Kamyshyn thanked the PKP and Poland for helping to transport millions of women and children as refugees in the weeks immediately following the Russian invasion, as well as humanitarian aid to Ukraine and freight, especially grain, from the country. UZ and PKP have signed agreements to further develop connections and streamline cross-border rail traffic operations. A similar deal was later signed with German operator Deutsche Bahn

Despite the ongoing war, several Ukrainian rail engineering companies are exhibiting at InnoTrans, eager to create new business opportunities. Unlike previous InnoTrans shows no Russian companies are exhibiting Previously, Russian state railway company RZD and rail engineering firm Transmusholding (part owned by French company Alstom) had large stands; They are nowhere to be seen in 2022.

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