TRAKO 2021 Press release

14. International Railway Fair
21-24 September

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The world’s first hydrogen train, Europe most cutting-edge locomotive. The 14th TRAKO will be marked by new product launches, inspiring solutions and meetings. The railway world all in one place—the TRAKO International Railway Fair begins in Gdańsk, Poland, tomorrow. More than 500 exhibitors from 25 countries around the world will be attending.

TRAKO is Poland’s largest and most prestigious rail industry meeting and Europe’s second most important event of its kind. Held on 21–24 September at the AMBEREXPO Exhibition & Convention Centre, Gdańsk, the fair will be the largest railway industry event in Europe this year. The 14th TRAKO coincides with the European Year of Rail, announced by the European Commission. To mark the occasion, the Connecting Europe Express set off on a journey across Europe; it is a special train which left Lisbon on 2 September, to arrive at its terminus in Paris on 7 October. Over a period of 36 days, it will visit 26 countries and cover a distance of 20,000km, bringing countries and people together. The Connecting Europe Express will call at over 70 cities; in Poland, these will include Cracow, Warsaw and Gdańsk, where it will stay at the Stadion Expo stop for 24 hours and set off to continue its journey on Tuesday, 21 September, after 17:00.

The MTG SA Gdańsk International Fair Co. has provided its exhibitors with over 36,000 square metres of exhibition space. This includes the AMBEREXPO exhibition halls, three exhibition tents (over 10,000m2), built specially to accommodate the fair, a kilometre of tracks and outdoor areas in Żaglowa Street.

Product launches

Coradia iLint is the world’s first hydrogen passenger train, to be presented by Alstom at TRAKO. The train is equipped with fuel cells that convert hydrogen into electricity. It is quiet and moves much smoother than diesel units. Most importantly, it is completely emission-free as it only emits water vapour and water. The Coradia iLint hydrogen-powered train is specifically designed for use on non-electrified routes—in the European Union, they comprise nearly half (46%) of all railway lines.

A shunting locomotive with hydrogen cells, from PESA Bydgoszcz, will be another new hydrogen-powered product. Based on the SM42, it will be the first such vehicle produced in Poland.

On the exhibition tracks, Siemens Mobility will present its Vectron Multi System locomotive, already known to Polish operators; it is Europe’s most cutting-edge locomotive with certification of approval in 20 countries. It will be the first vehicle in the colours of a new client, Lotos Kolej.

PKP Intercity will showcase the first of the new electric multiple units which will start being added to the carrier’s fleet in the coming months: the new Flirt3 train, produced by Stadler, and the upgraded ED74. TRAKO participants will also have an opportunity to see various types of carriages. These will include two new products: the 175A-10 passenger car, the first of the 81 new vehicles made in Poznań by FPS H. Cegielski, and a military car for the Polish Armed Forces. PKP Intercity will also present its multifunctional, enhanced standard COMBO car and the 406A-40 dining car. The exhibit will be complemented by Poland’s most advanced electric locomotive, Eu160 Griffin, one of 30 made by NEWAG for the operator.

TRAKO will host nearly 500 exhibitors from 25 countries. National pavilions will be showcased by counties including: Czechia, the United Kingdom, Austria, Switzerland and three German federal states: Berlin-Brandeburg, Baden-Württemberg and Saxony. Rolling stock and railway machines will be displayed for the first time in a new setting: the exhibition tracks of the Gdańsk Zaspa Towarowa (Freight) station.

TRAKO is not only about exhibiting but also about an extensive side event programme. The event will include debates, such as:
- the opening debate on Railway Market Transformations in Poland and across Europe: Trends, Issues, Challenges. Its participants will include Walter Goetz, Head of Cabinet of the European Union Commissioner for Transport, and Poland’s Minister of Infrastructure Andrzej Adamczyk.
- Railway climate neutrality—is it possible in Poland?,
- Innovative technologies for railways,
- The 20th Anniversary of the PKP Group—what lies ahead in the upcoming years?,
- Development perspectives of the Polish railway infrastructure,
- Eurasian railway market—challenges in the field of international cooperation,
- Freight rail: Strategies and outcomes,

alongside conferences, seminars and company presentations. All told, 84 side events will be held.

The final day of TRAKO gives our exhibitors an opportunity to present themselves as employers. Friday, 24 September, is the rail industry’s Education & Career Day, with TRAKO exhibitors presenting the most interesting job, internship and traineeship opportunities. The participants (mainly high school and college students) will be able to exchange information directly with potential employers. Over the entire day, they can take part in lectures and workshops designed especially for individuals who are looking for a job in the rail industry.

Prestigious competitions are a TRAKO tradition, with their results announced during the fair. In its 14th edition, there will be seven competitions encompassing investment projects, products, technological innovations and more. The Jan Raczyński Media Prize will be presented for the first time, named after an outstanding journalist and long-term member of the Programme Council. TRAKO Day 3 will feature the award ceremony, with the prize going to a journalist or editorial team who support rail transport, its development and the promotion of both freight and passengers.
The Organisers, Partners and Exhibitors jointly support the needs of sick children as part of the TRAKO for Kids Fundraiser, ongoing since 2003. This year, all the proceeds will go to a selected centre which provides psychological or psychiatric support to children and adolescents struggling with the effects of the pandemic.

Take part in TRAKO

Due to the epidemic-related regulations, extended until 30 September, and the priority to make the exhibition available to trade visitors, the general public can participate to a limited extent only. To meet the interest of rail transport fans and enthusiasts, it will be possible to visit the outdoor exhibition, including the rolling stock on the new exhibition tracks of the Gdańsk Zaspa Towarowa (Freight) station, while complying with the epidemic-related regulations. The public will be able to enter the event area only on 24 September, from 10:00 to 16:00. Entry tickets can be purchased at PLN20, on site at the reception desks. Payment by credit card only, no discounts apply.

TRAKO is organised by the MTG SA Gdańsk International Fair Co. and the PKP Group at the AMBEREXPO Exhibition & Convention Centre, 21–24 September 2021. TRAKO Partners: ALSTOM, Knorr-Bremse, Medcom, Pojazdy Szynowe PESA Bydgoszcz SA and TRACK TEC. TRAKO 2021 Financial Partner: Bank Pekao SA.

TRAKO enjoys the honorary auspices of:
- Poland’s Minister of State Assets, Jacek Sasin,
- Poland’s Minister of Infrastructure, Andrzej Adamczyk,
- President of the UTK Polish Office of Rail Transport, Ignacy Góra,
- President of the SEP Association of Polish Electrical Engineers, Piotr Szymczak.