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The Sixth International Conference on
Railway Technology:
Research, Development and Maintenance


STECH 2024
The 10th International Symposium on
Speed-up and Sustainable Technology
for Railway and Maglev Systems

1-5 September 2024
Prague, Czech Republic

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Railways have always played a significant role in the development of the wealth creation capabilities of society. The early roman wagonways, the steam driven railways during the industrial revolution and the electric railways of the late nineteenth and twentieth century are just a few of the railway systems that have played a vital role in past infrastructure development. The search for a fast, reliable and cost effective means of transport that presents better energy efficiency and less impact on the environment has resulted in renewed interest and rapid development in railway technology.

Following the success of many special sessions on railway technology, held over many years in the Civil-Comp Conference series, a new conference series was created in 2012. The first conference was held in: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in 2012; the second in Ajaccio, Corsica, in 2014; the third in Cagliari, Sardinia in 2016; the fourth in Sitges, Barcelona in 2018; and the fifth in Montpelier, France in 2022.

Papers presented at the Railways 2022 Conference can be found here on:

Major Conference Themes
The major themes for this conference will include (but are not limited to):

  1. Rolling Stock
  2. Infrastructure
  3. Energy and Environment
  4. Signalling and Communication
  5. Operations
  6. Strategies and Economics
  7. Emerging Technologies

Sub-Themes of Major Theme 1: Rolling Stock

  • Rolling stock design, manufacture and maintenance
  • Modelling and Simulation: Railway dynamics, Structural analysis, Crashworthiness, Wheel-rail interaction, Pantograph-catenary dynamics, Wear and Fatigue
  • High speed trains
  • Light railways and trams
  • Technologies to increase freight capacity
  • Bogies technology
  • Field and laboratory testing
  • Performance and optimisation Aerodynamics and crosswind
  • Noise, vibration and comfort
  • Traction and braking
  • Safety, security and reliability
  • Ergonomics and interior design

Sub-Themes of Major Theme 2: Infrastructure

  • Railway structures: Bridges, tunnels and transition zones
  • Track design, construction and maintenance
  • Interaction of vehicles with the infrastructure
  • Foundations
  • Track monitoring
  • Trackbeds: Sleepers and ties
  • Geotechnical aspects: Earthworks, embankments, stabilisation
  • Technologies for track defects detection
  • Station design

Sub-Themes of Major Theme 3: Energy and Environment

  • Decarbonising the rail industry
  • Re-use of kinetic energy
  • Energy sources and smart grids
  • Hybrid traction and power trains
  • Sustainable rail transport

Sub-Themes of Major Theme 4: Signalling and Communication

  • ERTMS - European Rail Traffic Management System
  • ITS - Information and Technology Systems

Sub-Themes of Major Theme 5: Operations

  • Railway systems operation
  • Traffic management
  • Interoperability
  • Intermodal solutions
  • Customer interfaces
  • Timetabling
  • Logistics

Sub-Themes of Major Theme 6: Strategies and Economics

  • Railway transport: Capacity and cost
  • Track access charges
  • Cost implications
  • Pricing
  • Planning and policies
  • Future trends in railway engineering
  • Railways: History, heritage and education

Sub-Themes of Major Theme 7: Emerging Technologies

  • Maglev Systems
  • Battery and Hydrogen Trains
  • Personal Rapid Transit
  • Hyperloop
  • Big Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence
  • Digital Twin
  • Internet of Trains
  • Blockchain Technology
Conference Proceedings, DOIs and Archiving
All papers presented at the Railways 2024 Conference will be archived here: CTResources is a member of Crossref. Each paper will be assigned a DOI with Crossref. The volume for Railways 2024 will be allocated an ISSN.
Special Sessions
The list of special sessions is being assembled. Over the coming months the list of special sessions will gradually grow.

Conference Chairmen
The Railways 2024 Conference Chairmen and Editor is Professor Joao Pombo, Institute of Railway Research, University of Huddersfield, UK and LAETA, IDMEC, IST-University of Lisbon and ISEL-Lisbon Polytechnic Institute, Portugal.

The Chairman of STECH 2024: The 10th International Symposium on Speed-up and Sustainable Technology for Railway and Maglev Systems, is Professor Hitoshi Tsunashima, Nihon University, Japan.

Conference Editorial Board

The list of the Conference Editorial Board members is currently being prepared.