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

Cutting-edge equipment on show at 'Network Rail Village'


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RAIL Live 2019 is to feature a complete ‘Network Rail village’, including live demonstrations and displays of equipment such as a High Output Ballast Cleaner and Kirow crane.

The infrastructure company will also display vehicles from its road fleet, and ‘before and after’ examples of switches and crossings refurbished at its Whitemoor facility. The announcement adds to an already substantial Network Rail presence at the June 19-20 industry event, that includes its survey helicopter and dedicated Class 950 Track Recording Unit (RAIL 877). Used on secondary lines, the ‘950’ is the only member of NR’s measurement fleet to have been purpose-built for track measurement.

NR will display the Kirow crane - the only one in its fleet - in conjunction with a beam carrier and tilting wagon to show how the machines work together to position switches and crossings.

Meanwhile, its Ballast Cleaning System 3 will allow an appreciation of what the HOBC process involves - from cutting and cleaning the ballast to the removal of waste, delivery of new ballast, and the follow-up work of the tamper to reinstate the track to line speed.

Speakers from NR are also to be well-represented at what is the only exhibition to bring together the entire rail industry, with Chief Executive Andrew Haines supported by colleagues such as Chief Technology Officer Andy Doherty and Managing Director of Route Services Susan Cooklin.

Visitors will also have the chance to talk to representatives of NR’s supply chain operations teams.

Other high-profile speakers expected to attend include Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling. ‘Yellow Plant’ to be displayed at Rail Live includes ProR ail Service’s RRV Drainage Suction Unit, developed in conjunction with NR. Pro Rail will also be bringing a Doosan 270 Heavy Lift RRV Excavator, as well as drainage and topographical surveying equipment. On-track exhibits are to include Britain’s first full-sized hydrogen powered train - Porterbrook’s HydroFLEX - and Vivarail’s battery Class 230.

The show will also feature the debut of Porterbrook’s ‘Innovation Hub’ train, which showcases products from various suppliers (RAIL 877). It is planned that Great Western Railway will offer a dedicated service from London ferrying visitors direct to Rail Live’s venue at the Quinton Rail Technology Centre in Long Marston. More than 6,000 people and 250-plus exhibitors are expected to attend.

When? 19–20 June 2019

Where? Quinton Rail Technology Centre, Warwickshire

Entry? Free! Secure your complimentary pass here

Details? Find out more here