WATTRAIN Newsletter- April 2021 Edition

  • Posted On: 18 May 2021
A warm welcome to this April 2021 edition of the WATTRAIN Newsletter. This edition features, in the main.. the WATTRAIN Global Forum Report

2021 REOPENING & MANDATES. WHEN: May 17, 4:00 PM. Eastern

May 17: tourist railroad connections, episode 13

  • Posted On: 11 May 2021
The pandemic appears to be subsiding. Information is coming fast and furious. All of this continues to have a significant impact the tourist railroad industry. More than ever we need meaningful connections. None of us have the right answers as to how to navigate these uncharted waters. No one has ever even dreamed the scenarios we now face. We are all working in the dark, using our gut instincts to make decisions to try and keep our organizations afloat. Our goal is to continue the conversation we started over a year ago within our small, tight knit community.

A Useful Link to the World's Heritage Railways

  • Posted On: 28 April 2021

A comprehensive listing of the world's heritage railways can be found     HERE

TopRail members and ETOA to host online broadcast and training programme on 18 May 2021

  • Posted On: 28 April 2021

TopRail members and ETOA (European Tourism Association) have joined forces to present a day’s programme to promote rail travel in the context of leisure tourism for European citizens and inbound visitors.
The initiative consists of a one-hour open broadcast event at midday and a training programme in the afternoon.

Online broadcast: 18 May 2021
12:00-13:00 CEST

WATTRAIN- March 2021 Newsletter Now available online

  • Posted On: 20 April 2021

WATTRAIN- March 2021 Newsletter Now available online  


WATTRAIN March 2021 Newsletter

CER launches the Future is Rail campaign

  • Posted On: 31 March 2021
Today the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) launches its Future is Rail campaign, showing rail as a smarter, cleaner and more connected means of transport in the EU. The kick-off of the campaign comes after the official launch of the European Year of Rail and shares the objective of encouraging more passengers and businesses to see rail as the future of transport.

Share your “rail success stories” to help promote the European Year of Rail.(UIC)

  • Posted On: 24 March 2021

Dear European Members,

To help promote the European Year of Rail, UIC has created a dedicated webpage which brings together a number of initiatives that are planned this year including events, videos and other audio-visual material, articles, press releases and different types of visual content.

HeritageRail Alliance will present its first virtual Spring Symposium on March 23-25, 2021.

  • Posted On: 22 March 2021
Powered by the CrowdCompass app and Zoom, HeritageRail Alliance will present its first virtual Spring Symposium on March 23-25, 2021.  Each day will begin at 1:00 pm Eastern with interactive plenary sessions, and breakout sessions taking place on days two and three.  The Symposium will center on lessons learned in 2020 and how to adapt and apply new practices to recovery efforts in 2021.  The presenters are fellow operating and commercial members and supporters of HeritageRail Alliance who are eager to share their first-hand, on-the-ground experiences and observations since the initial waves of shutdowns in March 2020.


  • Posted On: 22 March 2021

Following the recent Government announcements, we are delighted to say that Seaton Tramway hopes to re-open 12th April at 10am, subject to lifting of government restrictions

Seaton Tramway is pleased to be resuming its tram service from 10am 12th April with trams running every 30 minutes until 5pm. Journey back in time to a golden age of travel and enjoy the panoramic delights of the Axe Valley.

The health and safety of Seaton Tramway’s staff and visitors remain our number one priority. The successful covid safe response which was put in place in 2020 will continue from 12th April in line with Government guidelines. Capacity on trams will be reduced. Hand Sanitising stations will be present at all entrance and exits. The Rule of 6 will be in place until at least 21st June.  Our full covid response can be found

Reimagining rail – UIC facilitates debates at 10th International Railway Summit.(UIC)

Sustainable mobility and Covid-19 dominate the agenda of the online summit.

  • Posted On: 17 March 2021

Adina Vălean, the European Union’s Commissioner for Transport, Christian Kern, Former Federal Chancellor of Austria, Gianluigi Castelli, Chairman of UIC and Italian State Railways (FSI) and François Davenne, Director General of UIC, were amongst the influential decision-makers to address the 10th International Railway Summit.

The four-day summit, supported by UIC, took place online for the first time following previous successful events in Berlin, Barcelona, Vienna, Paris, Kuala Lumpur, Prague, Frankfurt, New Delhi and Warsaw. Simon Fletcher, UIC’s Director Europe, Marc Guigon, Passenger Director, and Lucie Anderton, Head of Sustainable Development, chaired the summit’s conference programme, welcoming delegates from around the world to each of the sessions. The exclusive networking event, which featured a full conference programme, bespoke one-to-one business meetings and a variety of ways to form new friendships and partnerships, concluded on 26 February.