IMechE Railway Technical Tour 2019
Railway Technical Tour Highlights
- Sightseeing Tour of City of Prague in a historic tram (Czech Republic)
- Visit to public transport museum and metro depot in Prague (Czech Republic)
- Visit to Skoda rolling stock plant in Pilsen OR the test track at Velim (Czech Republic)
- Visit to mainline and tramway switch and crossing plant in Prostejov (Czech Republic)
- Visit to tramway workshop and S&C manufacturing facility in Vienna (Austria)
- Visit to Plasser and Theurer’s manufacturing plant in Linz (Austria)
- Visit to Stadler rolling stock plant in Altenrhein (Switzerland)
- Visit to Appenzellerbahnen in Rorschach (rack and pinion) and St Gallen / Trogen (Switzerland)
Saturday 5 October to Saturday 12 October 2019
Ffestiniog Travel has arranged the annual Railway Technical Tour (RTT) on behalf of the Railway Division of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers which will visit Prague, Pilsen / Velim, Brno, Vienna, Linz, Altenrhein, Rorschach and St Gallen. Experienced engineers and graduates are invited to join the tour by pressing the ‘Book Now’ button.
The annual (RTT) provides an excellent opportunity for new graduates, mid-career and experienced engineers to study technologies and operations of railways internationally. Past Technical Tours have taken participants to Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Holland, Malaysia and Singapore. The most recent Tour, in autumn 2018, visited railway manufacturers and undertakings in Northern Italy and Switzerland. The Tour normally includes visits to a range of rolling stock and infrastructure system manufacturers, workshops, depots and train operations. Participants benefit greatly from studying operations that use different practices and technologies in other political, economic and environmental contexts. Feedback about the Tour from participants (and hosts) is always very positive.
Day 1 – Prague
The Technical Tour 2019 will start in Prague, Czech Republic, around lunch time. In the afternoon, we shall visit the Russian influenced metro network, a workshop and the control centre. The evening is free to explore Prague Castle and the Old Town, or even go to a concert.
Day 2 – Explore Prague
We will undertake a sightseeing trip on board a historic tram and visit the very attractive public transport museum of Prague, as well as an active tram depot. This evening, Eversholt Rail Group will be inviting the delegates for a dinner near Prague Castle.
Day 3 – Olomouc
Today we shall visit either the Skoda rolling stock manufacturing plant in Pilsen or the Velim test track near Cerhenice. In the evening, we travel to the city of Olomouc in Moravia.
Day 4 – Vienna
This morning there will be a brief visit to the city’s tramway network, before we undertake a short journey by train to Prostejov, where the delegates visit the switch and crossing manufacturing plant of DT Výhybkárna a strojírna, a.s., a collaborator on the European S-Code project. The company produces turnouts for main line railways and tramways. We continue by rail to Vienna our base for the next two nights.
Day 5 – Explore Vienna
Today is devoted to the public transport system of Vienna, including metro, tram and suburban light rail, namely, the Wien-Baden Railway. This will include a visit to a workshop and an operations centre.
The participants will also get the opportunity to visit Traktionssysteme Austria, a manufacturer of high-performance electric traction machines, including permanent magnet designs.
Day 6 – Linz
We transfer by train to Linz for a visit to the track plant factory of Plasser and Theurer, where the company produces a wide range of equipment, including track re-laying trains, tampers, dynamic track stabilisers and ballast cleaners. This promises to be one of the highlights of the 2019 Technical Tour. The afternoon is free to explore the 900 mm gauge tramway network and the Pöstlingbergbahn, which is adhesion-worked with a maximum gradient of 11.6%, i.e., a little bit steeper than 1:9. We transfer by train to Amstetten to board the comfortable Nightjet sleeper train bound for Zürich.
Day 7 – Romanshorn
This morning, we will alight in Buchs, Switzerland, to change to a local train to Altenrhein, where we will visit the Stadler factory based in a former sea-plane factory. The Tour continues with a visit to the Rorschach-Heiden rack railway and its maintenance facilities. Angel Trains will sponsor the closing dinner in Heiden before we head to Romanshorn for our final overnight stay.
Day 8 – Appezellerbahn
Today, it is the turn of the newly united and upgraded Appenzellerbahn, with its new tunnel. The tour will finish with a train ride to Herisau via Appenzell. The Railway Technical Tour 2019 finishes with our arrival in Zürich HB, expected to be around 14:00.
PLEASE NOTE: All participants are expected to own, carry along and use protective footwear and a railway approved high-visibility jacket (orange) during ALL visits.
Exe City Park Hotel, Prague
Smarthotel Nezalova Archa, Olomouc
Star Inn Hotel Premium Wien Hauptbahnhof, Vienna
Park Hotel Inseli, Romanshorn
Please note - hotels can be subject to change
- All rail travel within the tour
- Accommodation in hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
- Excursions as stated
- 1 berth in a shared compartment on Nightjet sleeper train
Price per person
|Tour (sharing accommodation in twin/double room):||£970|
|Single room supplement (hotel accommodation only):||£230|
|Rates of exchange used are as at 11th July 2019|
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