VTS: Rail Passenger Service in Norway and Sweden

The IEEE Vehicular Technology Society
National Capital Chapter
Winner of the IEEE Northern Virginia Chapter of the Year 2018
Winner of the IEEE Northern Virginia Chapter of the Year 2017
Invites you to our monthly lunch meeting
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
All are welcome to join us at our monthly lunch meeting. The event is open to both IEEE members and non-members at no cost. A buffet meal is available for $15 for IEEE members and $20 for non-members, cash at the door. Students with ID eat free. Please indicate if you want a meal when you make your reservation. Send reservation requests to vts.ltc.dc@gmail.com by January 10.

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Date and Time

  • Date: Tuesday, 14 Jan 2020
  • Time: 11:30 AM to 01:00 PM
  • All times are US/Eastern


  • 1300 I Street, NW
  • Washington, DC 20005
  • Building: American Public Transportation Association
  • Room Number: Suite 1200 East
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Ira Silverman started his railroad career with the Illinois Central in 1971 after getting a graduate degree from the Transportation Center at Northwestern University. At Amtrak, he was Director of Route Marketing for fifteen years where he instituted pricing and promotion strategies for Metroliner and long-distance trains that increased revenue by $160 million. He served as Chief Transportation Officer for MARC Train Service during the takeover of Conrail by CSX and NS, the introduction of high-speed rail service on routes shared with Amtrak, and implemented new MARC service to Frederick, Maryland.  After retiring, he has volunteered at several rail museums, traveled extensively by rail, and is a proud grandfather.


Ira will give a photo gallery presentation about the trip he and his wife took this past summer to Norway and Sweden.  He will discuss the many interesting rail operations in both countries.  After cruising up the Norwegian coast they took a two-week rail tour of the two countries run by Ffestiniog Travel, a branch of the famous Welsh narrow gauge railroad.  In addition to the famous Oslo-Bergen mainline they rode on the newest and most northerly part of the mainline system to Bodo.  From Narvik, they rode the iron ore railway into Sweden which featured in the invasion of Norway by Germany.  They also traveled the lightly used Inlandsbahan which is reminiscent of the Northern Transcontinental across Ontario.


  • 11:30 am – lunch and conversation
  • 12:00 pm – presentation & discussion
  • 01:00 pm – adjourn


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Exit station through 13TH ST NW & G ST NW entrance.
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Orange/Blue/Silver Lines McPherson Square Station
Exit station through 14TH & I ST NW – FRANKLIN SQUARE entrance.
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  • March 10
  • April 14
  • May 12

Meetings are generally held on the second Tuesday of each month from September through the following May. There are no meetings from June to August.

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