Rail Live 2019
19–20 June 2019
Quinton Rail Technology Centre, Warwickshire

2018 Export & Innovation Zones


Export Hub

The Export Hub was valuable to anyone looking to start or expand their export activities and was open to companies of all sizes and disciplines and enabled visitors to find out about opportunities for exporting goods and services to the rest of world.  Exhibitors from key Government agencies and organisations provided advice and support specific to their needs and access to collaborative opportunities across the world.

The Export Hub features:

  • The Department for International Trade (DIT)
  • UK Export Finance
  • The Intellectual Property Office

Supporting these Departments, the hub also featured an array of specialist personnel from:

  • The Rail Alliance, and Rail Alliance Middle East
  • The Railway Industry Association
  • The Eurail Clusters Initiative


Export Hub Sessions

Wednesday June 2010.30 - 12.05

UK Export Strategy and the opportunities for Rail

Campbell Keir, Deputy Director Energy and Infrastructure at the DIT; speaking at the NRC 

Wednesday June 2013.00 - 15.00

DIT Trade Missions: a client’s perspective

Andrew Stephens, Sales Manager of Perpetuum Ltd – an SME’s experience of DIT led trade missions and why you should take part.

Thursday June 2111.30 - 12.30

Eurail Clusters Innovation Award information session

Eurail Cluster representatives – learn more about the innovation awards and why you should participate
Thursday June 2112.00 - 13.00

Meet the Trade Challenge Partners

Innovation Zone

The UK Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN) brings together 16 of the rail industry’s leading suppliers, together with a consortium of universities, to create the world-class Centres of Excellence that will be at the heart of the programme. UKRRIN is made up of three academic Centres of Excellence: Digital Systems led by University of Birmingham, Rolling Stock led by the University of Huddersfield, and Infrastructure led by the University of Southampton; and a Centre of Excellence in Testing, led by Network Rail: at-scale test facilities including Network Rail’s Rail Innovation and Development Centres at Melton and Tuxford, London Underground’s Acton R&D Centre, and Quinton Rail Technology Centre at Long Marston.

These Centres of Excellence will deliver world-leading research from inception to test and to market application (both for UK and global markets). With advanced, purpose-built simulation and testing facilities they will provide the ability to deliver new products and technology to market more quickly. UKRRIN will be instrumental in placing the UK railway supply chain firmly on the world map for leadership in innovation and change in railway technology, products and services.

Contact: [email protected]

Website: www.ukrrin.org.uk

S&T Zone

Network Rail returned to Rail Live 2018, to host the Rail Live – S&T Zone. The Zone brought together a diverse range of the Network Rail supply chain with the S Zone focusing on signalling technology. The demonstration areas were designed to show trackside equipment in a realistic environment, without the dangers presented by being trackside. Many of the exhibitors took advantage of this space to provide live demonstrations of a variety of new innovations, these include:

ilecsys: Working in collaboration with Viper Innovations – Cable Guardian, ilecsys had a live working retrofittable Micro FSP/Cable Guardian/ATL backplate, fully powered to enabling live demonstrations throughout the show.

ilecsys have been doing some innovative things in regards to backfillable bases and piling solutions alongside VMS. A ground mount signal and DIS box mounted to a GRP backfillable base was installed in the demo area. The Normal signal was mounted using a Collis post and was mounted using the Strucsol tree root foundation.

Unipart: Unipart Rail demonstrated a whole range of technologies, and also showing their concept for the Condition Based Supply Chain (CBSC). Amongst the tech is their ALT (Assisted Lift Trunnion) adapted for use with CCTV cameras at level crossings, signalling and power location cases, pin brazing, lift and handling equipment, legacy signalling technology and the market-leading Unipart Dorman iLS. The CBSC portal - Paradigm Insight - was also be demo'd. 

Siemens: Siemens is excited to demonstrated new technology in Remote Condition Monitoring and Level Crossing Safety. Tier robust Surelock & Linear Back Drive Points Drive System was in operation as well as the S60 Level Crossing Barrier Machine which was installed on the Carmarthenshire Project.


The Signalling Innovations Group @ Rail Live 2018

The Signalling Innovations Group has developed a range of signalling tools, exhibited at the SIG marquee. Live demonstrations were offered throughout the show days and visitors were given the opportunity to try out the tools for themselves:

PVP – is a 3D laser point cloud and multiple 4k video surveying tool that has been used to capture more than 8,000 miles of data to date. It has been successfully used on over 70 projects including major schemes such as Crossrail, HS2 and Western Electrification


ISP Sketch – Intelligent Scheme Plan Sketch provides graphical outputs for the assessment of design options and System Data Exchange Format (SDEF) output, enabling automated data entry and data sharing with other tools. An integrated time saving option is available when used in conjunction with SDEF.


SSIFT –When used in conjunction with other Signalling Innovation Group tools, SSiFT’s automated form population and data calculations reduce hours of form filling to just 6 minutes.  


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