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In2Rail Final Conference - 19 April 2018, Vienna - Register!

On behalf of the In2RailShift2Rail Lighthouse Project coordinator Network Rail, we would like tocordially invite you to attend the In2Rail final event to be held on 19 April2018  at the Waggon- 31 venue in Vienna (Austria). The registration is free of charge and is available on this LINK

Launchedin May 2015, In2Rail sets the foundations for a resilient, consistent,cost-efficient, high capacity European network by exploring innovativetechnologies that will result in concepts embedded in a systems framework whereinfrastructure, information management, maintenance techniques, energy, andengineering are integrated, optimised, shared and exploited.(

The In2Rail event will start at 08:00 (AM) and finish at 15:00.This will be followed from 15:00 to 16:30 by a high-level session on theclosure of the four Shift2Rail Lighthouse Projects (Roll2Rail, In2Rail, IT2Railand Smart Rail) at the same venue. The high-level session will provide you withan overview from the European Commission, Shift2Rail and the sector on the resultsand impacts of the Shift2Rail lighthouse projects:

• IT2Rail (coordinated by UNIFE): The project aims at providing a new seamlesstravel experience, giving access to a complete multimodal travel offer whichconnects the first and last mile to long distance journeys. (

• Roll2Rail (coordinated by UNIFE): The project aims to develop keytechnologies and to remove already identified blocking points for radicalinnovation in the field of railway vehicles, as part of a longer term strategyto revolutionise the rolling stock for the future. (

• SMART-RAIL (coordinated by TNO): The project focuses on innovative solutionsand their implementation in the rail freight sector. The project aims toimprove the five main aspects: reliability, visibility, flexibility, costs andlead time. (

In2Rail final event venue: Waggon-31 - Riesenradplatz 2, 1020, Wien, Austria

Paper ‘’Hybrid model for prediction of impact noise generated at railway crossings’’ presented during the 12th International Workshop on Railway Noise (IWRN12)

A hybrid model for the prediction of impact noise at railway crossings is presented. The hybrid model combines the simulation of vertical wheel?rail contact force in the time domain and the prediction of sound pressure level using a linear frequency-domain model. The time-domain model uses moving Green’s functions for the vehicle and track models (accounting for wheel flexibility and a discretely supported rail with space-variant beam properties) and a non-Hertzian wheel?rail contact model. The time-domain and frequency-domain models are coupled based on the concept of an equivalent roughness spectrum. The model is demonstrated by investigating the influence of axle load, vehicle speed and wheel profile on generated impact noise levels. A negligible influence on impact noise is observed for axle loads in the interval 15 – 25 tonnes. On the other hand, increasing vehicle speed from 80 km/h to 150 km/h, or comparing a nominal S1002 wheel profile with a severely hollow worn profile, result in substantially higher levels of impact noise; for the given wheel and track conditions the differences are in the order of 10 dB(A).

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Paper ‘’An investigation of the influence of wheel/rail contact conditions on curve squeal’’ presented at INTER-NOISE 2016

In this paper the influence of wheel/rail contact conditions on the possible occurrence of curve squeal is investigated. A reference case is presented, together with the available experimental data, and the results of numerical simulations are illustrated. The analyses reported in the paper are based on two calculation steps. First 3D multibody simulation of a rail vehicle running in curve is carried out. Then squeal simulation is performed, which is based on linear wheel and rail dynamic models, coupled through a nonlinear contact model. Stability analysis of the open loop transfer function of the overall system yields the possible unstable frequencies.

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In2Rail presented at Smart Mobility World Congress 2015

Mr. Manuel Alfageme Alonso (COMSA) participated in the  BCN Rail Conference 2015 with a presentation on Key on-going railways energy efficiency innovations, linked to In2Rail project.

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Chalmers participated in the 9th Nordic Seminar on Railway Technology with a presentation on ‘’Kinematic Principles in Switches & Crossings’’

Luleå University of Technology and Luleå Railway Research Center (JVTC) hosted the 19th Nordic Seminar on Railway Technology 2016. The purpose of the seminar was to gather participants from the Nordic countries being active in the railway field, for instance from universities, institutes, authorities, manufacturers, operators, maintenance companies, and consultancies.

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Paper ‘’Innovative Intelligent Management of Railway Bridges - A European Horizon 2020 Project’’ presented at IABSE Congress Stockholm 2016

Innovative Intelligent Railways, In2Rail, is a European Horizon 2020 Project with the objective to enhance capacity, increase reliability and reduce Life Cycle Costs of European Railways.  Bridges and Tunnels is the main focus in Work Package 4. The aim is to study, benchmark and further develop new Inspection Technologies in order to create more proactive maintenance procedures. In this paper some preliminary results are presented.

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In2Rail paper on ‘’Advanced Analytics for Train Delay Prediction Systems by Including Exogenous Weather Data’’ presented at IEEE International Conference on Data Science and Advanced Analytics (DSAA) 2016

State-of-the-art train delay prediction systems neither exploit historical data about train movements, nor exogenous data about phenomena that can affect railway operations. They rely, instead, on static rules built by experts of the railway infrastructure based on classical univariate statistics. The purpose of this paper is to build a data-driven train delay prediction system that exploits the most recent analytics tools. The train delay prediction problem has been mapped into a multivariate regression problem and the performance of kernel methods, ensemble methods and feed-forward neural networks have been compared. Firstly, it is shown that it is possible to build a reliable and robust data-driven model based only on the historical data about the train movements. Additionally, the model can be further improved by including data coming from exogenous sources, in particular the weather information provided by national weather services. Results on real world data coming from the Italian railway network show that the proposal of this paper is able to remarkably improve the current state-of-the-art train delay prediction systems. Moreover, the performed simulations show that the inclusion of weather data into the model has a significant positive impact on its performance.

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Siemens and DB will present a paper on WP10 the main results at the ACRPS Conference (9-10 March 2017, Leipzig): Architectures for control and protection in digital traction substations

The article discusses research results from the European project In2Rail and gives an application-oriented example of digitalization in the railway infrastructure.

Today´s protection and control architectures are compared with the new possibilities opened by components supporting IEC 61850 process bus. Besides the architectural comparison, the pros and cons of classic as well as digital architectures are presented. The outcomes are transferred in the architecture for an upcoming demonstrator of a digital substation.

In2Rail held the Mid-term Conference on 17 November in Brussels

In2Rail Mid-term Conference took place on 17 November at the Sheraton Hotel in Brussels and was attended by more than 70 participants coming from all across Europe. Jointly organized by UNIFE and Network Rail and moderated by Ms. Mona Sihota (Network Rail), it was the occasion for the partners to present the first project’s achievements results and discuss with external participants about the next steps.

The conference was opened by Network Rail with a welcome speech made by Prof. Andy Doherty who welcomed all the participants and stressed the importance of In2Rail as it sets the foundations for a resilient, consistent, cost-efficient, high capacity European network by delivering important building blocks that unlock the innovation potential that exists in Shift2Rail (S2R). The innovative technologies addressed by In2Rail will be explored and resulting concepts will be embedded in a systems framework where infrastructure, information management, maintenance techniques, energy, and engineering are integrated, optimised, shared and exploited.

First achievements include the state of the art across various European partners, the development of a common approach to innovation value analysis (for both In2Rail & Shift2Rail), building upon European project outputs at Technology Readiness Level 3 (TRL3) moving on the work in S2R to TRL 6. Moreover, first promising results are beginning to be seen from radical new concepts across the project e.g. radical switch design in Work-Package 2 (WP 2), potential 3D printing of track components and improvement of maintenance activities.

The Conference continued with presentations and discussions on the main achievements in the three Sub-projects, focused on Smart Infrastructure, Intelligent Mobility Management and Rail Power Supply/Energy Management.

Mr. Henk Samson (Strukton Rail),  Dr. Ian Coleman and Mr. Ian Dean (Network Rail), Mr. Anders Carolin (Trafikverket) and Mr. Federico Papa (AnsaldoSTS) opened the technical session by presenting the main achievements so far in the Sub-project on Smart Maintenance by addressing a number of working areas including Switches and Crossings, Track, Bridges/Tunnels, Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) Monitoring and Maintenance Strategies.

The conference continued with a second set of presentations focused on the Sub-project on Intelligent Mobility Management (I2M). Mr. Carlo Dambra (AnsaldoSTS), Stefan Wegele (Siemens) and Roland Kuhn (Bombardier Transportation) reported on the main outcomes in the areas of System Engineering, Integration Layer and Nowcasting/Forecasting.

Finally, Sub-project on Rail Power Supply and Energy Management was presented by Mr. Olivier Langlois (Alstom) and Tomas Greif, who presented the work done on Intelligent AC Power Supply System and Smart Metering for a Railway Distributed Energy Resource Management System (RDERMS).

The presentations were followed by a fruitful discussion with the participants, who showed great interest in the work carried out in the first half of the project.

Andy Doherty concluded the event, with thanks to UNIFE for the organisation of the mid term event venue, and thanks to Network Rail for the coordination of the In2Rail project.

The full presentation of the event is available HERE

In2Rail successfully presented at Innotrans

In2Rail was presented during Innotrans from the UNIFE stand on 21st September 2016. In2Rail was presented along with the two other Shift2Rail Lighthouse projects.

Shift2Rail Executive Director Mr. Borghini and UNIFE Director-General Mr. Philippe Citroën introduced the session with a general presentation on the importance of the three Lighthouse projects (In2Rail, Roll2Rail and IT2Rail) as preliminary input to Shift2Rail work.

After that, the three projects were presented, focusing on the main achievements of the projects after 18 months of activities. Mr. Ian Dean of Network Rail (WP3 Leader) illustrated the main objectives and first results of In2Rail. Mr. Dean highlighted the contributions of In2Rail towards the overall Shift2Rail objectives of increased capacity, reliability and LCC. The outputs of In2Rail will have an impact especially on the activities in IP2 and IP3 of Shift2Rail. He then addressed the future activities in the three sub-projects focused on Smart Infrastructure, Intelligent Mobility Management and Rail Power Supply/Energy Management.

At the end of his presentation, Mr. Dean informed the participants that the Mid-term conference of In2Rail will take place on the 17th of November in Brussels. The event will be jointly organized together with Roll2Rail, IT2Rail and SmartRail. We welcome you to register for the Mid-term conference via our website.

During Innotrans the In2Rail brochure and the newly released Newsletter was distributed at UNIFE stand. The In2Rail presentation at Innotrans can be downloaded HERE.

Project kick-off

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The In2Rail project kick-off was successfully held in Brussels on 7 May 2015.
The event was organised in two parts: a common session with the other lighthouse projects started under the Horizon 2020 first call and specific sessions for each individual project. 

Link to UNIFE newsletter
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Link to International Railway Journal article


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No: 635900

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Total Budget: €18 million (EU funded)
Project Start Date: 01 May 2015
Project End Date: 30 April 2018 
Duration: 36 months
Partners: 54 


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