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African Rail Evolution is the only African forum for maintenance and rehabilitation professionals that feature best practices and pioneering case studies on maintaining, upgrading and future-proofing ageing rolling stock; infrastructure; track and perway; signalling technology; OHTE electrical and cabling; equipment; and rail maintenance software and technology.

High-level networking, panel discussions and case studies will address the latest trends and techniques in maintenance and rehabilitation to put African rail back on track.

The event will be attended by representatives of government; freight rail operators and companies; large industry, i.e. mining and manufacturing; international organisations and the private sector.

African Rail Evolution summit and expo is strategically co-located with the following events, attracting over 2000 participants from Africa’s ports, rail and logistics sectors – giving delegates even broader access to organisations that can facilitate trade continentally:

The 6th annual African Ports Evolution Forum: Focusing on unlocking Africa’s economic potential through port development and optimisation
TIKZN’s Export Week: A platform to recognise, promote and assist with growing KwaZulu-Natal’s export businesses and industries

African Rail Evoluton

17-18 October 2017 Durban l South Africa
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Meet the man tasked with merging Siemens Mobility and Alstom.

Siemens Mobility’s CEO has been appointed integration manager for the company’s merger with Alstom.
Eight days after a memorandum of understanding to combine the two was announced, Siemens Mobility revealed that Jochen Eickholt will play the crucial role of overseeing the amalgamation of the two companies. Previously a joint press release said that Eickholt would “assume an important responsibility in the merged entity”, which is being called Siemens Alstom.


Saudi Arabia maintenance contract for Thales.

Thales has signed a two-year deal with the Saudi Railway Company (SAR) to maintain signalling and telecommunication systems for the North-South line. The contract also includes maintenance of electromechanical systems and knowledge transfer for the 2,400km project. Maintenance activities – including of the ECTS Level 2 signalling – will be conducted by Thales engineers and technicians from eight bases along the line.


Bangkok to improve 400,000 commuter journeys with Bombardier monorail.

Bangkok’s introduction of its first-ever commuter monorail have moved one step closer following a deal with Bombardier to supply systems for the first two of four planned lines, with new rail networks planned in the city over the next 12 years. Designed to cut vehicular traffic making its way into the capital, Bombardier will supply 72, four-car INNOVIA Monorail 300 trains, comprising 288 cars equipped with the manufacturer’s CITYFLO 650 automatic train control technology that will enable driverless operation.


14 - 15 November 2017
Prague - Czech Republic


Woman In Transport Awards

17 - 18 October 2017 – Durban / South Africa

Returning to Singapore between 22-25 August 2017, The 6th Annual Rail Engineering & Maintenance Summit will continue to be the leading platform for Global rail projects’ leaders, rail infrastructure owners & operators...

African Rail Evolution

17 - 18 October 2017 – Durban / South Africa

African Rail Evolution will emphasise the benefit of rail upgrade and maintenance projects by highlighting new technology, projects finance and localisation to drive commercial success.


06 - 08 November 2017 - Paris / France

SmartMetro is the perfect platform for engaging with global metro operators on how technology can solve the key issues affecting the urban transport today; from signalling and safety to the digital passenger.

World Rail Festival

13 - 15 November 2017 – Amsterdam / The Netherlands

The World Rail Festival 2017 will be in its 7th year and it continues to grow and attract a large audience of rail operators from around the world. The conference will host hundreds of attendees, 100 speakers and 40 exhibition booths. Over 100 different global rail operators will be represented at this event.

Railway Interior Expo

14 - 15 November 2017 – Prague Letnany / Czech Republic

Railway Interiors Expo is the international showcase of everything within a railcar, from seating and materials, lighting, washroom facilities and flooring to composites, infotainment systems and security concepts.

AusRail 2017

21 - 23 November 2017 – Brisbane / Australia

AusRAIL PLUS 2017 builds on the established tradition of harnessing the innovation and integration of our people, systems and products to bring together the very best the rail industry has to offer!