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Find us in zone M. The Network Rail Air Operations Team survey the railway from above using drones, fitted with state-of-the-art cameras and remote sensing systems. We will be showcasing a wide selection of the Air Operations Team's drones - these will be demonstrated in a mini drone flight on site.
Come join the NWR workshop taking place in P85 in the tent opposite the organisers office.
Network Rail will be running a free coaching workshop that will help anyone wanting to build their strengths and develop their career.
Dawn will be running a free coaching workshop designed to help everyone identify and leverage their personal strengths. Prepare to be inspired by the digital tools and practical techniques being showcased to help you build on your strengths and address your development areas to fulfil your potential.
Workshops will take place on Thursday 23rd June at 11am and 1pm.
Speaker: Dawn Boatswain, Head of Leadership and Professional Development, Network Rail Training.
Located in zone J, the state-of-the-art mobile maintenance trains (MMTs) make working on the railway quicker, safer and more efficient as well as less disruptive for passengers and freight. Their key feature is the large, extendable work area that allows access to the track below, providing cover, floodlighting and – crucially – protection from passing trains.
Based at locations around the country, the eight MMTs provide a ‘workshop on wheels’ for engineers and track workers as they carry out repairs, renewals and upgrades to Britain’s 20,000-mile rail network. Between planned stabling points, all personnel on the MMT can remain on the train unless emergency evacuation is required.
Found in zone J, the SF-06 Miller supports SCO Operation’s suite of On-Track-Machines, another tool in the box alongside the Profile Treatment Fleet of Rail Grinders. Passing trains and exposure to the elements can cause rolling contact fatigue (RCF) cracks in the railhead; a severe crack not addressed in time can break the rail, leading to potential derailments.
Where the Rail Grinder’s primary function is to treat the profile, improving the wheel/rail interface to reduce or manage RCF growth rates, the Milling train is designed to remove RCF cracks and other defects while returning the rail to the chosen profile, thus resetting the railhead to an as new finish.
Join us in zone ABC for a tour of the class 153 track inspection unit at Rail Live to hear how it’s transforming safety for colleagues and passengers.
These ex-passenger trains have been overhauled and kitted out with high-grade video and basic geometry measurement equipment in just 6 months and are designed to replicate what frontline colleagues would see if walking on the track.
Trials in Southern and Eastern regions are currently underway to significantly reduce trackside risks for maintenance colleagues.
Join us on the light rail track in zone L. Network Rail have collaborated with Hastec Rail to develop and obtain product approval of an On-Track Plant Collision Avoidance System, also referred to as CAS.
The system is integrated into the OTP controls and includes a number of embedded enhanced vehicular controls to limit work site speeds. It’s visual and non-visual system is capable of detecting obstacles in the direction of travel via an exclusion zone radar & camera monitoring system, with associated audible cab alarm and warning lights. The system is calibrated to function within a W6 gauge visualized by a Blue low light safety exclusion demarcation zone.
Once the RRV Machine is employed into Rail Mode then a live and recorded video safety surveillance system becomes active. The system has now been further developed to incorporate an Isolation Limit Control System which detects the isolation limits and prohibits the machine from going near live OLE.
Located in Zone M, come and see one member of the hawk team that visits our station! Provided by Rentokil, specially trained birds of prey - such as Harris Hawks - are used to deter gulls and other pest birds without causing them harm.
The Rentokil bird handler uses their experience and expertise to identify the most appropriate vantage points from which to fly the raptors, in order to achieve the best results. As the birds of prey fly over the affected area, it causes the nuisance birds to be disturbed and rise into the sky, as they see the raptor as a threat to the colony. Hawks are flown on different days and times around our site, and this encourages the problem birds to move to a new location where they do not feel threatened. This is a natural form of control and at no point will the bird of prey attack the nuisance birds, as they are trained to be a deterrent only.
Explore more features: Inside the Network Rail Village
Rail Live is the premier hands-on rail event of the year – rolling stock, plant, people, techniques – unmissable. Be there!
Rail Live is a truly notable event for all people with a professional rail interest, not only those involved with rail plant and track working. Having RAIL take over the organisation and promotion of the show has made it possible for Rail Live to become a ‘Farnborough for the Railway’, and an event that is now well and truly in the international rail calendar.
Great planning and great team work from you guys for the Rail Live show!
I would encourage you to get around and talk to as many people as you can, because in my visit I genuinely have spoken to people I would never have seen before. That’s one of the joys of this dynamic, and it’s why I’m a real passionate supporter of Rail Live.