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6th Annual UIC Workshop on Railway Freight Noise Reduction

(November 2010)

The FCM/RAC Proximity Initiative participated in the International Union of Railways (UIC) Workshop in Paris, last November 2010. Project Manager, Cynthia Lulham presented an overview of the history and development of the program. See below:

6th Annual UIC Workshop on Railway Freight Noise Reduction "Bringing Things Together"

UIC promotes silent railways. In a series of annual workshops UIC reports on progress, in particular in terms of the freight rolling stock with composite brake blocks. The speakers will address issues such as the EU policy and planned incentives such as noise related track access charges and how the railways are reacting on these initiatives. A major point will also be the current state of the art of K- and LL-block homologation and how the railways are dealing with the technical problems that have been encountered like e.g. the equivalent conicity issue and how these problems is foreseen to be solved within different UIC projects as e.g. the EuropeTrain project.

Further issues will be a presentation on the TSI TSI Technical Specifications for Interoperability Noise revision and presentations on other noise and vibration issues in order to keep the scope large and bringing things more together. Within this scope UIC is happy to announce that we this year will have a presentation by Cynthia Lulham, Councilor for the City of Westmount, Quebec, who has extensive experience and knowledge of the Proximity Initiative in Canada partnering the Railway Association of Canada (RAC) and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) under a Memorandum of Understanding. Cynthia Lulham has over the last eight years acted as the first FCM Co-chair and as the current Program Manager, which has given her a unique perspective of the on-going noise issues in Canada facing both railways and municipalities.

The project program foresees ample time for discussion and the coffee and lunch breaks will allow many opportunities for networking with colleagues from the railway sector as well as government and industry.

Globe and Mail Special Supplement: Rail 2010

(October 2010)

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