March 16-17, 2016 in Warsaw

the Trains
of the Future‘

Let’s discuss the future of the Central and Eastern European railway rolling stock market. Join the debate on March 16-17, 2016 in Warsaw. European Rolling Stock Forum 2016 is the largest and most prestigious business conference in the CEE, devoted to the railway vehicle manufacturing market in the region.

This year’s conference will amongst other topics discuss the most modern technologies used in the construction and maintenance of rolling stock, especially regarding energy consumption, components and design.

European Rolling Stock Forum evolved from one of our flagship conferences – “Prospects for the Locomotive Market”, organized by TOR Conferences in 2010-2013, the biggest and most prestigious conference in Poland and CEE devoted mainly to new projects in locomotive sector. It offers opportunities for local and international companies to reveal their new products and currently ongoing projects.

Register now for 2016 edition and receive a special discount. >>


Day one, 16 March 2016

10:00 – 10:30

Registration, morning coffee


EU new financial perspective and railway rolling stock purchase in Poland

  • Przemysław Gorgol, Center for EU Transport Projects

Introduction – new railway rolling stock market in Poland in comparison to the CEE region

  • Michał Grobelny, Project Manager, TOR Transport Consultants Group Ltd.
11:00 Profitability of locomotive modernization in Poland – results of studies

  • Dr. Eng. Marek Babeł, Rail Vehicles Institute, Cracow University of Technology
  • Dr. Eng. Maciej Szkoda, Rail Vehicles Institute, Cracow University of Technology
11:30 Modernisation of used locomotives with use of alternative propulsions

  • Ralf Meinsen, President, Kompetenznetz Rail Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH
11:50 Efficiency improved of used rolling stock instead of new investments – German experience

  • Eva-Theresa Biarchi, Head of Sales, BU Rail Freight and Other Traffic, DB Fahrzeuginstandhaltung
12:10 Modernization and purchase – perspective of the manufacturer
12:30 Coffee break
12:50 Are we on the threshold of changes in the freight locomotive market? Purchase and modernization needs of Polish operators

  • Hubert Stępniewicz, President of the Board, VIS Systems
13:20 Energy storage and hybrid propulsion – still an innovation or already a standard in the producers’ offer?

  • Prof. Dr. Eng. Adam Szeląg, Electrical Machines Institute, Warsaw University of Technology
13:50 Road-rail vehicles – an effective alternative for shunting locomotives?

  • Piotr Kozłowski, CoRail
14:10 TX Logistik – between locomotive rent or buy

  • Christian Beßler, Fleet Manager Locomotive TX Logistik AG
14:30 Pannel discussion: Rolling stock purchase and modernisation plans of the CEE rail freight operators

  • Ivan Bednárik, President of the Board, ČD Cargo
  • Janusz Kućmin, General representative Bombardier Transportation
  • Christian Beßler, Fleet Manager Locomotive TX Logistik AG
  • Representative, PKP Cargo*
  • Marek Smoter, Technical Director, Lotos Kolej
  • Dr. Eng. Adam Tułecki, Rail Vehicles Institute, Cracow University of Technology
  • Moderator: Hubert Stępniewicz, President of the Board, VIS Systems
15:30 Lunch
16:30 End of Day One

Day two, 17 March 2016

8:30 – 9:00 Registration, morning coffee
9:00 R+D in railway rolling stock industry

  • Representative of the National Centre for Research and Development
9:20 The significance of modern railway rolling stock in the logistics chain

  • Dr. Marcin Hajdul, Institute of Logistics and Warehousing (ILiM)
9:40 What rolling stock for the Rail Baltica? Technical barriers of that line

  • Jan Raczyński, Railway Institute
10:00 Switcher – construction and capabilities of innovative platform designed for transportation of turnouts

  • Representative, KZN Bieżanów
10:20 Ukrainian freight and passenger wagons: innovations in frames of modernization process

  • Dr. of Mech. Sc. Prof Eduard A. Simson, R&D Director, Deputy Head of the Board, UPEC Industrial Group
  • Volodimir Krot, Technical & Engineering Director, “Ukrzaliznytsya” (Ukrainian Railways)
10:40 Coffee break
 11:00 EMUs for long-distance connections – market trends

  • Jan Raczyński, Railway Institute
11:20 Purchase and modernisation plans until 2020

  • Representative, Koleje Mazowieckie
11:40 Modernization and purchase plans in 2014-2020 EU financial perspective

  • Piotr Matczuk, Restructurisation Office Director, PKP Intercity
12:00 Skoda InterPartner – new EMUs for long-distance connections in the CEE

  • Ivo Gurňák, Commercial Director, Škoda Vagonka
  • Wojciech Grzonka, Sales Area Director, Škoda Transportation
12:20 Coffee break
12:40 Outsourcing of rolling stock maintenance – is it worth it?

  • Andrzej Wasilewski, President of the Board, Łódzka Kolei Aglomeracyjna
13:00 Introductory speech: Standarisation and unification in the context of purchase of EMUs and DMUs

  • Dr. Eng. Grzegorz Zając, Rail Vehicles Institute, Cracow University of Technology
  • Dr. Eng. Maciej Michnej, Rail Vehicles Institute, Cracow University of Technology

Pannel discussion: Priorities of regional passenger operators regarding rolling stock

  • Piotr Rachwalski, President of the Board, Koleje Dolnośląskie
  • Piotr Matczuk, Restructurisation Office Director, PKP Intercity
  • Jiří Schmidt, RegioJet
  • Janusz Malinowski, Member of the Board, Łódzka Kolei Aglomeracyjna
  • Representative, Koleje Mazowieckie
  • Moderator: Jakub Madrjas, Rynek Kolejowy magazine
14:20 Rolling Stock Reference Database (RSRD) – tool reporting about wagon`s technical parameters

  • Kornél Nagy, Project Officer for Telematic Applications, Interoperability Unit, European Railway Agency
14:40 New regulations – perspectives, difficulties, influence on the market (authorisation, TSI)

  • Hubert Lavogiez, Rolling Stock Sector –Interoperability Unit, European Railway Agency
15:00 Adjusting rolling stock to the needs of the disabled people

  • Krzysztof Ochociński, Railway Institute
  • Dr. Eng. Janusz Poliński, Railway Institute
15:20 Forum summary – future of rolling stock in Europe

  • Dr. Eng. Andrzej Massel, Deputy Director, Railway Institute
  • Dr. Eng. Włodzimierz Stawecki, The Rail Vehicles Institute “TABOR”
  • Dr. Eng. Grzegorz Zając, Rail Vehicles Institute, Cracow University of Technology
15:40 Lunch
16:30 End of Day Two
 *Participation of this speaker has not been confirmed.
Agenda is subject to change.



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Amongst other topics, in 2015 the focus was on:

  • UE regulations for ecologic and efficient railway rolling stock,
  • innovative technologies and materials in rolling stock contruction – the costs of production and operation,
  • redesign and modernization vs. acquisition of new vehicles,
  • effective tools for rolling stock testing,
  • rolling stock pools in the CEE – a chance for railway vehicle manufacturers?
  • Ukraine – market with a huge potential.

About 200 experts and top level managers representing companies such as ABB, Akiem, Amsted Rail Company, Aste, Axtone, Bombardier Transportation, Bonatrans Group, CTL Logistics, DB Fahrzeuginstandhaltung, DB Schenker Rail Polska, DB Systemtechnik, Dellner Couplers, Diesel Loko Distribution, Dilax Intelcom, Faiveley, Freightliner, GE Power Controls, H. Cegielski – FPS, Knorr-Bremse, Koleje Mazowieckie, Koleje Śląskie, Koleje Wielkopolskie, Lithuanian Railways (LG), Lotos Kolej, Macquarie Asset Finance Holdings, Mäder Aqualack, Medcom, Ministry of Infrastructure and Development (Poland), Newag Group, Orlen KolTrans, PKP LHS, Perpetuum, Pesa, PZU, Rafamet, Railistics, Railpool, Siemens, Škoda Transporatation, Stadler, STK, Szybka Kolej Miejska w Warszawie, UAB Vilniaus lokomotyvų remonto depas, UNIFE, VIS Systems, White & Case and ZDG TOR took part in the event.

European Rolling Stock Forum evolved from one of our flagship conferences – “Prospects for the Locomotive Market”, organized by TOR Conferences in 2010-2013.

“Prospects for the Locomotive Market” 2010-2013:

  • over 450 guests,
  • over 30 industry partners (e.g. Bombardier, Newag, PESA Bydgoszcz, Skoda Transportation and Siemens),
  • numerous passengers and freight operators,
  • consulting companies and research institutions (e.g. VIS Systems, Railway Institute, Instytut Pojazdów Szynowych “Tabor”, VUZ Velim),
  • highly meritorical presentations about new projects (e.g. detailed informations about Newag’s E4MSU “Griffin” revealed for the first time), commercial offers, modern components, market opportunities and niches.

Register now for 2016 edition at and receive a special discount.

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Base price:

 355 net ( 436,65 gross)

Special Price:

 322 net to 16.02.2016 ( 396,06 gross)

The price includes:

  • attendance in the event,
  • conference materials,
  • coffee breaks,
  • lunch.

An accommodation fee is not included.



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