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7th Training on High Speed Systems Level II
Profesor/es: Different teachers

PVP: 1600 



Introduction Module

  • Introduction to High Speed Systems (summary of basic THSS – Level 1)
  • Potential in the conventional network (“incremental rail speeds”)
  • General approach to high speed rail Overview of high speed rail systems around the world
  • High Speed Implementation Handbook


Theoretical Sessions

General contex:

  • Each theoretical session will consist of a presentation about the several strategic concepts necessary for a High Speed project development.
  • Each subject can be composed of a one or more 30-minute presentation.
  • Strategic subjects identified are (some final modifications are possible):


  • Environment: Presentation of UIC research on high speed’s contribution to sustainable mobility and carbon balance
  • Stations for High Speed Systems: Presentation of UIC research on high speed and the city Traffic Forecasting. Basic principles of modelling and its application to High Speed prospection 
  • Standards for High Speed Rail Systems: Requirements, definitions, different types of standards, different “families” of rail standards.
  • Other Fundamental Values in High Speed Projects: Basic principles for comprehensive planning and processes in developing a high speed project. Fundamental elements of high peed (safety, security, RAMS [Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety], quality, management, life cycle cost, etc.). Integration concept


Practical Case

During the training, and on an alternating basis with the different theoretical sessions, students will be divided into groups of a maximum of 5 students led by a teachersupervisor, and will develop and discuss a real example of a High Speed project. Each group will assume a particular role regarding the planning of a High Speed System. To that aim they will have the help of the High Speed Planner, a didactical tool especially designed for the II level of the UIC High Speed Training.

This practical exercise will include all the steps to accomplish, to define and to plan a real High Speed project, from the beginning of the process up to the final configuration of basic parameters and many actions to implement. A  presentation and final common discussion will be held at the end of the training.

After the setting-up of the groups, each one will develop the different consecutive parts. At the end, a plenary discussion will compare the different solutions reached.

  • Main explanation of the project
  • Geography of the projects and strategy of cities served
  • Modelling and calculation of the potential traffic expected, under the different hypotheses and options 
  • Definition of the operating plan
  • Definition of the strategy and situation of stations
  • Creation and adaptation of rail standards
  • Integration 
  • Adjustment and correction of parameters
  • Further steps to the final implementation
  • Final round-table discussion and conclusions
  • Final discussion
  • Closing remarks



The speakers are all specialists in the subjects addressed and are drawn mainly from railways, universities and industry. They represent all the countries and world regions with experience in the field of HSR System. The program of the training has been specially designed by the UIC Intercity and High Speed Committee. This group is composed by experts from all the companies and countries involved on HSR Systems as HS2, SNCF, DB, Trenitalia, FCH, FFE, IK, LISEA, EUROSTAR, THALYS, RENFE, ADIF, RZD, PKP, AMTRAK, Euskotren, KORAIL, JR, CR, CARS, THSRC, Trafikverket, FTA, TCDD, ONCF, FTA…


Target audience

This programme is aimed at professionals already involved in HSR processes or who are likely to become involved in HSR in the near future. Participants come from a variety of backgrounds: railway companies or ministries, local authorities, universities, advisory bodies, agencies or associations, industry, banks, etc. They may be managers, strategy experts, decision makers, economists, engineers, etc.


Price level II

1600 €  (Special fare for UIC – HSR members)

  • The organizer is in charges of the logistics for the training session. 
  • Fee includes: all training sessions, full working documents, technical visits and lunches. 
  • Not included: Travel to and from Madrid, accommodation and dinners are not included.



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Practical Information: Dates and venues

From 18 to 22 November, 2019, Madrid - Spain

Fernan Nuñez Palace. C/ Santa Isabel, 44. 28021 Madrid

Fundación de los Ferrocarriles Españoles venue:


Language: The training session will be held in English. However, other languages could be envisaged if enough participants in a certain language are registered.


For registration and any additional detail please contact

- Contact in Paris (UIC): Mrs.Beatrix Perrot;

- Contact in Madrid (FFE): Mrs.Rosa Egido;

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