Flights booked, bags packed..I'm ready!

Every two years, the world’s railway industry gathers on the outskirts of Berlin for InnoTrans. Billed as the “world’s leading trade fair for rail transport technology”, it attracts exhibitors and visitors from all over the world.

The exhibition is vast, and the numbers are impressive. Last held in September 2010, a total of 2,243 exhibitors from 45 countries showed off their products and services to over 106,000 visitors. A little over 871800 square feet of floor space were rented out, and there were 121 vehicles on display outside on the 11500 feet of sidings.

This year, InnoTrans will take place from 18-21 September at the exhibition grounds on the outskirts of the German capital. The public is invited on the weekend of the 22-23 September to visit the outside exibit grounds only. 

The world gathers that InnoTrans has such a reputation, manufacturers are almost forced to exhibit – if one misses a year, everyone thinks they must have gone out of business! So everyone who is anyone in the railroad supply industry will be going. 

I was there eight years ago and it was awe inspiring. I'll be there again this year.

London Underground Metropolitan Line Stock at 2010 InnoTrans (Photo by InnoTrans(Photo by InnoTrans 2010)