September 13-16, 2020

Arłamów, POLAND

About the conference


The aim of the Conference is to exchange experiences on current research problems in scientific units in Poland, as well as to showcase the achievements and challenges of rail vehicle and rail transport companies. The topics of the 24th scientific conference RAIL VEHICLES 2020 covers a wide range of issues related to rail transport, in particular:

Design and construction of rail vehicles

  1. Problems in the design of modern rail vehicles.
  2. Multi-system electric locomotives – directions of the development structure.
  3. Designing diesel locomotives in the aspect of applicable emission standards.
  4. Normative documents in the aspect of strength analyzes of vehicle structures.
  5. Design and ergonomics in rail vehicles.
  6. Engineering software in the design of rail vehicles.

Operation and maintenance of rail vehicles

  1. Own maintenance base, or purchase of vehicles with maintenance.
  2. Market trends in vehicle maintenance – electronic supervision over the maintenance plan and completeness of operations.
  3. Operation of wheelsets of rail vehicles.

Reliability and safety in rail transport

  1. RAMS and LCC analyzes in the design of rail transport means.
  2. Assessment of rail vehicle reliability.
  3. Common safety assessment and risk assessment method for CSM RA.
  4. Safety culture in rail transport (technical solutions, system solutions, human factor – education, passengers with disabilities).
  5. Methods of ensuring safety during the vehicle design phase.

Diagnostics, testing of assemblies and components of rail vehicles

  1. Non-destructive testing in rail vehicle diagnostics.
  2. Modern research methods in material engineering.
  3. Operational testing of rail vehicles.
  4. Systems for monitoring the parameters of traction vehicles – applied solutions and development trends.

Certification and formal and legal aspects

  1. TSI requirements in the aspect of the vehicle approval process.
  2. Authorizations for placing in service of a railway vehicle.
  3. Standardization and unification of railway rolling stock.

Logistics, ecology in rail transport

  1. Infrastructure investments and quality of rail passenger transport services.
  2. Logistics in rail freight transport.
  3. East-West rail transport.
  4. Logistics centers, reloading and relocation points 1435/1520 mm.
  5. Supply chain management of components for the production of rail vehicles.

Rail transport in urban logistics (metro, tram)

  1. Urban rail transport systems.
  2. ITS systems in urban rail transport.
  3. Information systems in urban logistics.

Innovative solutions and transport efficiency

  1. Autonomous rail vehicles.
  2. New materials and technologies in the construction of means of transport.
  3. Evaluation of the effectiveness of transport projects.


Cracow University of Technology


The Institute of Railway Vehicles of the Cracow University of Technology is one of the 12 organizational units forming part of the mechanical department, which is the largest faculty at the Cracow University of Technology and one of the largest in Poland. Since 2017, the institute operates two plants: The Construction and Exploitation Department of Railway Vehicles and the Department of Logistic systems. The staff of the Institute carry out teaching activities in studies I and II of the degree on speciality related to the engineering of means of transport, operation, safety and reliability of rail vehicles and logistics and forwarding. Postgraduate studies are also carried out  “Construction and operation of rail vehicles”,, which are highly acclaimed among rail transport companies, are also underway.

In addition, the Institute conducts extensive cooperation with the economic environment in the implementation of research and development projects, the implementation of innovative technologies, opinions and technical expertise on rail vehicles.



NEWAG S.A. is a modern company, effectively combining innovative technical thought with traditions up to 1876 years. As one of the oldest railway companies in Poland, Newag has many years of experience in the production and modernization of railway rolling stock.

NEWAG is a leading Polish manufacturer of electric and diesel passenger vehicles, electric and diesel locomotives and underground and tramways vehicles. The vehicles support rail connections, transporting passengers in fourteen Polish voivodships.

NEWAG Company has a stable and strong position on the market of electric traction units and locomotives in Poland. In recent years, the capital group NEWAG S.A. dominated the national market for the production of electric traction units, the production and modernisation of electric locomotives and the modernisation of diesel locomotives.

A modern managed company particularly cares about the high quality of its products and services, which is confirmed by received certificates and certificates.


His Magnificence Rector of the Cracow University of Technology prof. dr hab. inż. Jan KAZIOR

Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Cracow University of Technology prof. dr hab. inż. Jerzy SŁADEK


Chairman of the Office of Rail Transport, PhD. Ignacy GÓRA

Important dates

Notification of participation in the Conference, submission of a summary of the article in Polish and English 01.03.2020
Acceptance of the summary 21.03.2020
Sending full texts of articles 30.04.2020
Decision to qualify the article for publication and review 30.05.2020
Payment of the conference fee 01.06.2020
Conference RAIL VEHICLES 2020 13-16.09.2020


The XXIV edition of the Conference gives the opportunity to publish the results of the study in the Materials of IOP Publishing (level I in the list of MNiSW publications from 2019), in the series IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering indexed in the Scopus database. Also if you are not interested in publishing in English language in the is the opportunity to publish in Polish language in RAIL VEHICLES (Scientific and Technical Quarterly).



Armałów Hotel

Arłamów 1
38-700 Ustrzyki Dolne, Polska
Tel.: +48 13 443 10 00


Organising Committee:
Chairman: dr hab. inż. Maciej Szkoda, prof. PK

Members of the committee:
dr inż. Teresa Gajewska, mgr Maciej Górowski, dr inż. Tomasz Kuczek, dr inż. Augustyn Lorenc, dr inż. Maciej Michnej, dr inż. Grzegorz Kaczor, mgr inż. Małgorzata Kuźnar, mgr inż. Bartosz Szachniewicz, dr inż. Grzegorz Zając

Cracow University of Technology
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Institute of Rail Vehicles
al. Jana Pawła II 37, 31-864 Cracow, Poland
tel.: +48 12 / 374 35 12, fax: +48 12 / 374 33 11

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