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10/2/2003



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Montreal to host World Congress on Railway Research in 2006


A six-nation committee recently selected Montreal as the site of the 2006 World Congress on Railway Research, a gathering of rail industry research and innovation experts to be held June 4-8, 2006.

"The Congress will share knowledge and facilitate delegate networking through discussions, papers and interactive presentations by research and development people, and others in operations, engineering, environmental and safety management," said Mike Lowenger, co-chair of the site's planning committee, and vice president of operations and regulatory affairs for the Railway Association of Canada (RAC).

Begun in 1994, the annual international conference is organized by a six-nation committee comprising representatives from the Rail Safety and Standards Board, United Kingdom; Association of American Railroads, United States; Deutsche Bahn AG, Germany; Railway Technical Research Institute, Japan; Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Français, France; International Union of Railways, France; and UTMR-Trenitalia, Italy.

Past events have been held in Paris; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Florence, Italy; Tokyo; and Cologne, Germany. This year's conference was held in Scotland, drawing more than 700 attendees.

The Montreal planning committee comprises representatives from RAC, Transportation Technology Center Inc., the National Research Council of Canada, Canadian National Railway Co., Canadian Pacific Railway, VIA Rail Canada and CANAC Inc.


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