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Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
Venue: THotel, Cagliari, Sardinia
Railways 2016
The Third International Conference on
Railway Technology:
Research, Development and Maintenance
Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
5-8 April 2016

Special Session Call for Papers:

Special Session: RW2016-S27
Next Generation Railways
Session Aims and Scope

More than 175 years of railway history in Europe have led to what is today the most environmentally friendly mode of fast transportation. The importance of the mostly state-owned railways has manifested itself in previous years through architecturally appealing railway station buildings in prominent city locations, spectacular bridges and remarkable tunnels. Impressive locomotives and (for their time) luxurious cars established the nostalgia. However, the country-specific infrastructure that arose over the years, especially the railway lines including the signalling and power supply, turns out now to be an obstacle to innovation on the path to a modern European rail transportation system.

Therefore, in many countries, but particularly in Europe, the question is, how would the railway look if it one were to invent it today. What would be a sensible objective which would transform and technologically modernise existing railway facilities, rendering rail an attractive means of transport for the long term for travellers and freight forwarders?

In this special session, innovative ideas for railway infrastructure, buildings and rolling stock are introduced that develop a vision of future railways in an intermodal network. Welcome are papers that contain operational, technical and design elements with which the functions of urban and inter-urban railways can be fulfilled.

For specific questions regarding the scope of this session please contact the organiser:
  • Dr J. Winter, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany (joachim.winter AT, and
  • Dr C. O'Neill, NewRail Research Hub, Newcastle University, United Kingdom (conor.oneill AT

Please note that papers that are found to fall outside the scope of this session may be considered for other sessions.

Abstract Submission
To submit abstracts for this special session, please follow the normal abstract submission procedure but please select "RW2016-S27" when asked "Is this paper part of a special session?"
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