Noah’s Train, the freight train launched by the members of the Rail Freight Coalition as a symbol of their engagement to reduce the sector’s impact on the climate and mobility , hasn’t reached its final destination after all. It is now headed south to Italy, where two more containers spray-painted by local artists will be added on Tuesday 7th May in Roma Tiburtina station.
Arriving in Brussels for the fifth stop on its European tour, Noah’s Train gave occasion to more than 200 European and Belgian to discuss the concrete action plan the rail freight sector has to positively impact climate, mobility and public health. Prominent members of ngo’s, federations, political parties, ports, universities and many industry organisations endorsed the ambitious plan of doubling rail freight volumes by 2030.
After a launch in Katowice during the last day of COP 24 and stops in Vienna and Berlin, the world’s longest mobile artwork made a stop in Paris. Imagined and put on rails by Europe’s freight operating companies, this train promotes Modal Shift as a powerful tool to fight climate change. In Paris, an elephant, a horse, a toucan and a fish on the French containers joined the animals that had already been spray-painted on the Polish, Austrian and German containers, allowing the train to resonate more and more with the image of Noah’s Ark. After a successful public event on February 2nd, the train was revealed to all the stakeholders of the sector at Gare de L’Est on the 5th.