Rail Live 2024
19-20 June 2024
Porterbrook’s Long Marston Rail Innovation Centre

Live Demonstrations

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Exhibits alongside NR Village by Wales and Western region (on track)


Track engineering demonstration by Wales and Western.

The demonstration will include examples of innovative equipment and processes which support our objectives of being efficient, sustainable and safe. Displays are being developed with the three Rail Systems Alliances. Vehicles on display will include the following:


1. Mobile Maintenance Train (MMT)

Walk through an MMT! Mobile Maintenance Trains make working on the railway quicker, safer and more efficient as well as less disruptive for passengers and freight. Based at locations around the country, the 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. The machine will be opened up for you to walk through and see what’s inside.


2. Track tamper Live demonstrations throughout both days.

Network Rail Supply Chain Operations has recently retrofitted a Plasser & Theurer 09-3x tamper with some new system 7 tamping banks. These have a whole host of technology to improve track geometry as well as improving safety.


3. Freight Resilience of Operational Geometry (FRoOG) vehicle 

SRS vehicle being developed to support reducing/eradicating freight derailments. Utilises an SRS with geometry measurement kit on it, to dynamically measure our infrastructure, meaning NR could measure all areas of our track under load, in places where our TRV fleets don’t run, and measure our high-risk derailment sites.


4. MFS and MFS+ wagons

MFS+ are MFS wagons with two sets of crawler tracks that allow the MFS+ to manoeuvre themselves off the rail infrastructure onto the ballast bed. The wagons are then used to transfer spent or new material from site to rail mounted MFS or UMH into the site. The MFS+ is used for continuous conveying, storage and subsequent transportation of excavated material. The MFS+ is hauled to a site in train formation and has the ability to transform into crawler mode and become a tracked vehicle in the area of excavation and unloading of material.

It can be used in the forward working direction to discharge new ballast, waste material, and other material ready for conveying. It can also be coupled with other MFS wagons of a similar design. This machine can also work as a system with an excavator in Materials Removal Mode.


5. Universal Materials Handling (UMH) wagon

The UMH is a material handling vehicle able to receive materials from either MFS+ or MFS and distribute material via a series of conveyors.

The conveyor system consists of a collector belt, a swivelling conveyor, a mid-mounted chute delivery system and two ballasting belts arranged beneath the frame on both sides of the vehicle. The UMH can also distribute materials such as ballast, pea gravel and type 1 to other machines, open wagons or directly onto the infrastructure"


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