What is the Train Information System (TIS)?

The Train Information System is a web-based application that supports international Train Management by delivering real-time train data concerning international (partly national) passenger and freight trains. The relevant data is obtained directly from the Infrastructure Managers’ systems.

The system is already fully TAF/TAP TSI-compliant and was, in addition, a frontrunner in terms of implementing this sophisticated framework. The system supports mostly internationally active Railway Undertakings in steering their logistical chains and it also provides support to Rail Freight Corridors by providing proper reports for Train Performance Management. Currently TIS handles over 4.7 Million single train runs per year.


Single Train Runs per Year

TIS offers its users a wide range of functions supporting Train Management and Train Performance Management, such as:

TIS management

The application was developed and taken over by RNE in 2007. Thanks to a basic refurbishment carried out in 2012, many user requests could be satisfied. The application is continuously being developed, based on business cases and feedback from the user community. Thus, the application is equipped to fulfil the business needs of the growing TIS user family.


  • 13 000 trains per day on around 21 000 reporting points
  • 25 Infrastructure Managers have joined TIS so far, more or less the whole of Europe is covered by TIS already, the system was opened to Terminal Operators
  • Over 900 unique users per month and 3 000 registered users in total
  • System performance and data quality is continuously improved to meet the requirements of the railway sector
  • The Train Linking Tool has been developed to compile national traffic which is part of international traffic in cases where no unique identifier is available
  • The Park or Run application will be released in early 2018 to handle incidents with an impact on international transport

TIS Future Developments

Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) and Electronical ETA (ELETA) will be improved to support the railway sector in managing international traffic and logistical chains. A data qualifier will be used for sophisticated ELETA calculations to assess the trustworthiness of forecast messages provided at national level. Furthermore, TIS message processing will be re-engineered to make it more powerful and capable of handling a growing volume of messages in the future.