IMechE Railway Technical Tour 2019

ImechE Junior Group 2018
ImechE Senior Group 2018
Plasser and Theurer
Charles Bridge and City
Prague Transport Museum
Rorschach Heiden Railway
Stadler Train
Vienna Lokalbahn - © Ray Smith
Vienna Lokalbahn - © Ray Smith
Vienna OeBB Control Centre
Group Photograph 2018 IMechE

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)

Tour Dates:
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.

Selected Hotels

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

Price Includes

  • 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
The tour must be paid in full at time of booking. A £200 discount is available for participants with less than five years of professional experience in the railway industry. Young members of the IMechE can apply for a grant that covers 50% of the cost. Further information on the James Bates grant is available from the IMechE Young Members Committee. The 2019 Railway Technical Tour is organised and led by Gianluca Bush, Bridget Eickhoff and Felix Schmid. For further details and any other information, please contact the team through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Felix Schmid (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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