TRAKO 2017

12th International Railway Fair

Gdańsk, 22 September 2017

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30,000 m2 of exhibition space, 1,000 m of exhibition track to showcase rolling stock, on-track machines and equipment, 700 exhibitors from 25 countries: TRAKO 2017, the 12th International Railway Fair, starts tomorrow! Poland’s Minister of Infrastructure and Construction has honorary auspices over the event.

On Tuesday, 26 September, the AMBEREXPO Exhibition & Convention Centre, Gdańsk, will see the beginning of TRAKO 2017, the 12th Railway Fair. The event will continue until 29 September.
It is Poland’s largest and most prestigious meeting of the rail transport industry and Europe’s second-biggest railway show in terms of size and importance.
“Such a big attendance from the key representatives of the industry is a special reason for satisfaction,” says Andrzej Kasprzak, MTG SA President of the Board. We are happy to see the continuously growing interest in coming to TRAKO and its ever more professional agenda. The credit for this goes to the Programme Council and it is a measure of how attractive our market is in its rail and tram sector. This year’s edition of TRAKO, a record breaker in terms of participation, is also a big challenge for us, its organisers, but we are certain that the TRAKO participants will be fully satisfied with their stay at AMBEREXPO.
TRAKO is a meeting place for rail and tram businesses: organisers and operators, technology providers, manufacturers, distributors, central and local authorities, experts, engineers, investors and railway enthusiasts. It is also a platform for discussion, exchange of information and a search for innovative solutions in infrastructure, the transport management system and rolling stock equipment technology. More than 40 events—debates, seminars, conferences and presentations—with international attendees will address the industry’s most current priority subjects.

TRAKO 2017 has 700 exhibitors from 25 countries, including national pavilions from: Austria, Czech Republic, UK, the German federal states of Berlin and Brandenburg, Saxony, Baden-Württemberg, alongside trade missions from Brussels and Wallonia. TRAKO participants are both multinationals and the leading Polish rail and tram companies, including private and local government operators, suppliers of rail technology and rolling stock.

This year’s TRAKO exhibits aptly illustrate both the current state of the industry’s development and, most of all, the latest innovative technological solutions. NEWAG Nowy Sącz will present 2 vehicles: the low-floor Impuls II, built for the Italian train operator FSE Bari, and the Griffin locomotive. Pesa Bydgoszcz will showcase the electric-powered GAMA Marathon with a last-mile diesel engine, to be owned by Rail Capital Partners, and Elf II built by Pesa for KŚ Silesian Railways. Also Stadler Polska will present two FLIRT vehicles, one for NSB Norway, the other for Gysev Hungary. Together with Solaris, they will exhibit the TRAMINO tram for Leipzig. You can see several upgraded PKP Intercity cars and the new Link diesel train purchased by POLREGIO. There will be a presentation of the new 207E electric-powered locomotive from Rail Polska Sp. z o.o. and the Vectron MS locomotive from Siemens. The outdoor area will feature the control panel of the ET41 locomotive connected to the Rail Vehicle Simulator Machine; during the event, everyone can sit behind a switchgroup in the train driver’s seat. Track Tec will present its SMART TURNOUT, with induction-heated plates and radiators, a control system with a weather station, Alstom HyDrive, SKLTT12 fastening system and friction plates with a roller system. Track Tec’s induction-based heating system is a completely new solution on a global scale. Its innovation is about heat generation only in the turnout locations which should be heated, which makes it stand out against other constructions of this type.

TRAKO side events will include debates, multiple conferences, seminars, product demonstrations and company presentations. The day before TRAKO will feature the Tram Transport into the Future—Needs and Considerations technical conference of the IGKM Polish Chamber of Urban Transport, dedicated to tram industry experts who are members of the IGKM Sectoral Committees. Also on the pre-TRAKO day, a seminar on the Conditions for placing upgraded and new rolling stock in service—2nd Edition will be organised by the SIRTS Polish Association for Rail Transport Interoperability and Development and the MTG SA Gdańsk International Fair Co.

TRAKO will officially open on Tuesday, 26 September, at 11:00, with a PKP Group debate especially worth your attention straight afterwards. Creating a Regulatory Framework for the Sustainable Development of Transport in the EU is the title of the debate, with its attendees including Andrzej Adamczyk—Poland’s Minister of Infrastructure and Construction, Libor Lochman—Executive Director of CER, Krzysztof Mamiński – PKP SA President of the Management Board, Ignacy Góra—President of the Office of Rail Transport (UTK), Kosma Złotowicz—EU MP, member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN), along with railway transport experts. The following subjects will be addressed during the debate: The idea of sustainable transport in Europe—if or to what degree it is being implemented; The process of EU railway market regulation, the legal environment for railway undertakings to operate; Challenges facing countries and railways due to an increased competitiveness of railways, for example in innovation and intermodal collaboration; Railway investments—the significance of EU funding.

The conference: Infrastructure Manager—Contractor and Producer—Notified Body. How the relations among these parties influence the pace and cost of execution, effectiveness and quality, as well as innovation of projects. What has been achieved? What lies ahead? is brought to you by PKP PLK SA, the Polish Chamber of Land Transport (IGTL) and the Railway Research Institute (IK). The agenda includes a discussion on the dialogue between the market of contractors / producers and the infrastructure manager as a contracting entity under investment projects on the Polish railway network. Moreover, the subjects addressed will include innovation and investments in expanding the sector’s potential in the context of the current legal framework and the contracting entity’s internal regulations.

What are the long-term development plans for European transport? How will the infrastructure change? Can the position of railways be strengthened in competition with road transport? These and other topics will be addressed at the 4th edition of the Rail22 International Conference: What’s stopping the rail freight market?, brought to you by the PRO Kolej Foundation. The debate participants include European deputy ministers in charge of railways, vice-presidents of Polish and Belarusian railways, representatives of Deutsche Bahn, Rail Baltica, the World Bank and European Commission.

Day 3 of TRAKO will feature a debate: Cooperation of assessment bodies with the European Union Agency for Railways (ERA) in the light of changes to European law, brought to you by the SIRTS Polish Association for Rail Transport Interoperability and Development. It will be an attempt to present a comprehensive picture of the scopes of activity of the various types of entities involved in the assessment process and formal/legal measures in railway transport, along with their relationships and obligations in disseminating information. The debate will take place in the context of the 4th Railway Package, adopted in 2016 by the European Parliament, to change and systematise the relationships between entities.

The intention of the TRAKO 2017 Programme Council, the project’s organiser, is for Career Day to enable a direct exchange of information and mutual expectations between employers and employees, also in the perspective of choosing undergraduate/graduate programmes, specialisations and postgraduate PhD programmes. On Career Day (Friday, 29 September) the TRAKO Exhibitors will present job, internship and traineeship opportunities.

As a Career Day participant, you can take a tour of the TRAKO exhibits which illustrate the current state of the industry’s development. You can also find out about the latest innovative technological solutions and international rail transport projects. The programme includes a debate on Trade curricula in secondary schools; a CV writing workshop; a debate: Is the rail transport industry an attractive employer for college graduates; a job wall with job, internship and traineeship opportunities; one-on-one meetings with employers. After a challenging search for new development paths, you can relax at the Chillout Zone, brought to you by the Huyndai Rotem Company.

The world of Small Railway is a regular TRAKO side event. This year, it will be brought to you in partnership with the Sopot Railway Modellers Club. Rail transport fans and modellers will present mock-ups and dioramas to show the Polish railway landscape. All the exhibits will premiere at this year’s TRAKO. Also showcased will be interesting collections of railway rolling stock and materials documenting the history of railways in Poland’s Pomerania. Moving mock-ups enjoy the greatest interest among the public, amplified with the possibility of meeting their creators. The TRAKO visiting public will have a chance to vote for the nicest and most interesting presentation among all the exhibits at the World of Small Railway. The winner will receive the MTG SA President’s Cup.

For many years, the TRAKO FOR KIDS Charity Fundraiser has been organised by the TRAKO Exhibitors and Organisers. This year, the proceeds will benefit those supported by the Dr Clown Foundation.
TRAKO FOR KIDS is a railway-themed art competition for children and young people, for the first time also including the patients in the care of the Dr Clown Foundation. This year’s, eighth edition is entitled: My Friend on a Train Journey. The competition’s finale is an auction of the works by the talented young artists—the winners—at the TRAKO GALA evening. All proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Dr Clown Foundation. Everyone can be a winner in our competition: just submit your entries and your satisfaction is guaranteed.

Clown doctors run the Laughter Therapy programme in Polish children’s hospitals, special facilities, welfare centres, social therapy centres, children’s homes and everywhere else where there are sick, disabled children.

TRAKO is accompanied by seven prestigious competitions:
  • The Józef Nowkuński Special Award, for completed line projects and enclosed buildings, as well as designs for new rail infrastructure projects implemented in Poland and rail rolling stock authorised for placing in service in at least one EU Member State and presented at TRAKO 2017
  • The Ernest Malinowski Award, for products and technical innovations applied
  • in the rail industry and presented at TRAKO 2017
  • The Prof. Czesław Jaworski Award, for outstanding achievements in the application of new technologies and equipment in electric traction
  • The SEP Association of Polish Electrical Engineers President’s Medal
  • The Prof. Jan Podoski Award, for the best products, innovative technical solutions and state-of-the-art technologies addressed to electric traction in urban transport
  • TRAKO 2017 Best Company Stand Design Award
  • The CSR Rail Company of the Year Award

The event’s agenda is set by the TRAKO Programme Council, which includes: Pro Kolej Foundation, Commercial Chamber of Land Transport (IGTL), Polish Association of Engineers and Technicians of Transportation (SITK RP), Association of Polish Electrical Engineers (SEP), Polish Chamber of Urban Transport (IGKM), Polish International Freight Forwarders Association (PISIL/PIFFA), Railway Business Forum (RBF), Polish Association for Rail Transport Interoperability and Development (SIRTS), Association of Railway Sector Experts and Managers.

The TRAKO Fair is organised by the Gdańsk International Fair Co. (MTG SA) and Grupa PKP. TRAKO Partners are: Bombardier, Knorr-Bremse, Medcom, Pojazdy Szynowe PESA Bydgoszcz SA, TINES and TRACK TEC.

For more details about TRAKO visit

TRAKO 2017
  • dates: 26-29 September, Tue-Thu: 10:00-17:00,
    Fri: 10:00- 16:00
  • venue: AMBEREXPO, Żaglowa 11, Gdańsk, Poland
  • organised by: MTG SA Gdańsk International Fair Co., Grupa PKP
  • contact for the media: TRAKO Project Director: Dorota Daszkowska-Kosewska | tel. +48 58 55 49 212

  • trade visitors: free admission after registration
    • register online from 1 Mar 2017
    • register at TRAKO: information desks with visitor support
  • Career Day, free admission after registration
  • trade visitors, unregistered:
    • 26-28 September one day ticket PLN 50 per day
    • 29 September one day ticket (non-trade day) PLN 15
    • exhibition directory purchased at the venue PLN 60
    • exhibition directory purchased through mail order, after the conclusion of the fair, subject to availability, until stocks last, PLN 80 + shipping
  • Parking:
    Parking Card (per one day, only motor vehicles, parking spaces available from 9:30 to 19:00) PLN 35
  • tour of the rolling stock exhibition: free of charge

  • Minister Andrzej Adamczyk, Poland’s Ministry of Infrastructure and Construction

  • Bombardier
  • Knorr-Bremse
  • Medcom
  • Pojazdy Szynowe PESA Bydgoszcz SA
  • Tracktec

  • OSJD Organization for the Cooperation of Railways
  • UNIFE Association of the European Rail Industry
  • SITK RP Polish Association of Engineers and Technicians of Transportation
  • IGTL Commercial Chamber of Land Transport
  • SEP Association of Polish Electrical Engineers
  • SIRTS Association for Rail Transport Interoperability and Development
  • RBF Railway Business Forum
  • IGKM Polish Chamber of Urban Transport
  • PISIL/PIFFA Polish International Freight Forwarders Association
  • Association of Railway Sector Experts and Managers
  • Pro Kolej Foundation