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

Outside the Network Rail village

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Zone L Signalling Zone (off track)


The Network Rail Signalling Zone is returning to Rail Live 2023

The Zone brings together a diverse range of the Network Rail supply chain focusing on signalling technology. The area is designed to show trackside equipment in a realistic environment, without the dangers presented by being trackside.


East Coast Digital (with Porterbrook)

Digital signalling is a centrepiece of a 21st century railway. It offers a safer, higher performing, more resilient, more efficient, better skilled, more productive, and greener railway that works better for passengers, users and taxpayers.

The East Coast Digital Programme has brought together Network Rail, operators, suppliers and Government in a pioneering industry and commercial partnership to deliver the introduction of digital signalling to the southern part of the East Coast Main Line.


Zone M field (off track)


Air operations

1. Helicopters

Two aircraft on display with the opportunity to speak to those who fly them and find out more about the work they do.

2. Drone display



Network Rail Station Hawks (provided by Rentokil)

Come and visit one of our team of station hawks. Provided by Rentokil, specially trained birds of prey - such as Harris Hawks - are flown to deter gulls and other pest birds without causing them harm.

Rentokil's bird handlers use 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 their colony. The birds of prey used are carefully trained and will not attack the nuisance birds, instead their presence acts as a deterrent and encourages pest birds to move to a different location where they feel safer.


Network Rail Workshops (zone S) – off track


A new feature for 2023. Network Rail teams will be holding workshops for up to 30 people throughout both days of the event.

Confirmed presenters include teams from Intelligent Infrastructure and Network Rail Design and Delivery. No need to book! See timetable here.

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