VTS: Rail Passenger Service in Norway and Sweden


The IEEE Vehicular Technology Society
National Capital Chapter
Invites you to our monthly lunch meeting
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Winner of the IEEE Northern Virginia Chapter of the Year 2017
Winner of the IEEE Northern Virginia Chapter of the Year 2018


Join us at our monthly lunch meeting. 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.

  Date and Time




  • 1300 I Street, NW
  • Washington, District of Columbia
  • United States 20005
  • Building: American Public Transportation Association
  • Room Number: Suite 1200 East
  • Send your reservation with your name and if you want food to vts.ltc.dc@gmail.com. Please make your reservations by noon Friday, January 10.

  • Starts 02 January 2020 01:00 PM
  • Ends 10 January 2020 12:00 PM
  • All times are US/Eastern
  • Admission fee (optional) ?
  • Register


Ira Silverman

Ira Silverman of Independent Consultant


Rail Passenger Service in Norway and Sweden

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 main line they rode on the newest and most northerly part of the main line 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.


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.

Address:Baltimore, Maryland, United States


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



Red Line 

Metro Center Station
Exit station through 13TH ST NW & G ST NW entrance.
Walk approx. 2 blocks North on 13th St NW.

Orange/Blue/Silver Lines 

McPherson Square Station
Exit station through 14TH & I ST NW - FRANKLIN SQUARE entrance.
Walk approximately 1 block East on I St NW.

Parking: Advance discounted reservations available at www.spothero.com

Future Meetings:

  • February 11
  • March 10
  • April 14
  • May 12