Rail Live 2018
20–21 June 2018
Quinton Rail Technology Centre, Warwickshire

Live Demonstrations

Exhibitors and Sponsors will be showing live demonstrations of their latest products and equipment. Please revisit as we will be updating this page regularly with all all the demonstrations you will be able to see on or off the track.

Hilti will be demonstrating pandrol key removal using their TE1000 breaker and special insert (aiding safety and easy removal of clips).They will also be demonstrating  their unique rack circuit connection system (for signalling teams) easy installation with this approved Network Rail system and bonding cable installation using their GX & BX gas tools and special clips fixing into timber & steel sleepers.

They will also be showing their unique track circuit connection system ( for signalling teams ) easy installation with this approved Network Rail system bonding cable installation using their GX & BX gas tools and special clips fixing into timber & steel sleepers.


This year Hird will be hosting LIVE demonstrations of the Cold Hole Expansion CBX Kit (as specified by Network Rail and London Underground, available through Hird Rail as the distributor Worldwide). This is a process performed on a predrilled fishplate hole in the web of the rail. As a carefully selected oversized mandrel is hydraulically pulled through the hole it induces a zone of compressive residual stress immediately around its circumference. This process has been implemented to drastically improve the fatigue life of rail at the bolt hole and protect it from cracks occurring, this life enhancing method is specified on all new rail installed in the UK and can be undertaken on existing in-track bolt holes during maintenance of joints.

Over each day of Rail Live 2018 Thermit will be demonstrating two test weld per day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. These demonstrations will show the complete weld process, with various steps being enhanced with new innovation technologies developed by Goldschmidt Thermit group. Some of the welding technologies that will be showcased are the SMARTWELD ACE, an accelerated cooling device used to minimise the time between casting a weld and when it is ready to grind, and the SMARTWELD JET, an automated preheating device used to optimise the work process


AP Webb will be bringing a brand new ballast scraping machine

Railcare Sweden will be carrying out a ballast vacuum demonstration

Jafco Tools Ltd have taken the original design concept for an e-clip removal tool, created by Roy Evans and Toby Keates of Network Rail and further developed it to create an efficient, fast, cost effective and innovative tool which has safety as a key design element. 

This year, High Speed 1 is exhibiting at Rail Live in partnership with NRHS and UKPN Services at stand W94.

NRHS will be demonstrating how Microsoft HoloLens headsets are used to project digital assets into the real world. This technology transforms any space into a low cost training environment for maintenance workers, improving training and reducing the amount of time spent on track. UKPN Services is exhibiting its 3D Laser scanners and will discuss how this technology is playing an important role in bringing existing assets into a BIM and Model environment.

For the first time in the UK Dualinventive will be demonstrating their new, modular and completely wireless ATWS 3000, which has been designed with ease of use and user flexibility in mind. Aiming to make warning systems more accessible, they have developed an interactive planning tool using our Cloud platform MTinfo 3000 to simplify the process, giving control back to the users, system control and paperwork is delivered to site via a mobile app.

Entwistle will be demonstrating the Latest Rowe VarioFold Plan Folding Machine along with the 36" wide  Colour Scanner from Rowe.

The Rowe VarioFold is the only drawing folder on the market that is able to fold drawing up to 30 metres in length.   Entwistle have been supplying this type of folding machines to many of the UK's leading Rail Design Offices for a number of years.  Previously the folders we supplied could only handle drawings upto 4 metres in length.   

We wil also be demonstrating the Rowe 450i wide format Colour Scanner, which provides high resolution scan quality for drawing and documents.

Entwistles also provide a wide range of Print Services to rail professionals and we will be exhibiting an an extension range our outdoor signage print services.

Bratts have been manufacturing specialist access equipment in Nottingham since 1895.  Designing products in non-conductive Glassfibre and Timber, as well as Aluminium, Steel and Stainless Steel, our range covers all WAH (Work at Height) jobs, from trench access, pole work, stiles (live wire crossing) and working steps to station platforms, bridges, inside and on top of carriages.

Our designs enable manual handling, durability and safety as standard – one Electricity company is still using our Timber ladders we supplied 28 years ago!

We make for Network Rail, W. Mids Railway, Southern, E Mids and others, as well as rolling stock / depot users Alstom/Virgin, Siemens, Bombardier, Great Western and London Underground. We are currently designing a platform with Balfour Beatty Ireland for maintenance work over Irish Rail carriages.


Aquarius Rail is planning to demonstrate how we make railway tasks simple and safe Road to Rail to Site. Our demonstrations will include the quick on and off tracking of the R2R4x4, R2R Trailer & LTE to transport materials, equipment & people from depot to rail.


APPS UK will be demonstrating our Pira Duo mobile dust suppression unit that has been successfully used within Rail blockades during the last 12 months in particular.

MacRail  will be demonstrating its Fatique360 tool. There will be offering live demonstrations and trial accounts from their stand across both days.


NAL Ltd specialise in the manufacture and supply of a wide range of Innovative products to the Rail industry.  Their unique Retention Socket foundation system has revolutionised the way in which posts and columns are installed throughout the Network while there new Cabinet Base has simplified the installation and maintenance of all trackside signal cabinets.



NCHSR will be demonstrating its virtual reality learning equipment, to give visitors to thier stand an insight into the type of equipment thier learners will use as part of their course.


PACE Networks are hosting the Electrification Infrastructure and Power Stand (C3) with partners; Bonomi, Omnia, Morris Line Engineering and Rebosio. The interactive stand will display a range of products from PACE partners and there will be experts available to demonstrate how they work.


Engcon will be giving live demonstrations of the versatility and practicality of tiltrotator-equipped excavators in a wide variety of applications.UK owner-operators will be on hand to answer questions about the practicalities and economics of owning an Engcon, together with competitions and much more.

During the show Worlifts will be carrying out live demonstrations of its latest range of electronic torque
wrenches including the Norbar EvoTorque 2 which has Network Rail Approval and can be used for a
wide range of applications within the industry.

See the unique twin helix Excalibur Sleeper Bolt (Network Rail & London Underground product approvals) being installed into Hardwood Sleepers in a matter of seconds using just a hand held Ratchet Spanner.
Also see how the Excalibur Sleeper Bolt can improve your trackside productivity, fixing reliability and workforce welfare, along with providing considerable whole life cost benefits compared to using the traditional AS Screwspikes.
Benefit from the associated installation Health & Safety assets of using the Excalibur Sleeper Bolt including reduced Workforce Fatigue, Hand Arm Vibration & Manual Handling of Heavy Machinery/Tools plus reductions of COSHH.


Scott Parnell will be demonstrating just how easy it is to install itsArcoSystem 6m Span elevated GRP Trough System on both days of the event at 12:00. Thjey are showcasing the reasons why so many contractors have been using arcoSystem in place of other products and would love for you to be there to witness it for yourselves.

Wavetrain Systems will have a train detection system installed on a track panel at its stand demonstrating a full size system with a Control Unit and Sensors. Here you can see how the system components are connected and how it can be installed. 

On their stand you can also see a demo-kit visualizing the actual energy in the live rails running continuously.