Network Rail’s New Measurement Train (NMT) monitors and records track condition information at speeds up to 125mph. It helps locate and identify faults before they become a safety issue or affect performance.
Affectionately known as the Flying Banana due to its distinctive yellow livery, the NMT is a unique, high-tech machine that Network Rail have been using for almost 15 years.
Equipped with the newest equipment, high-tech measurement systems, track scanners, and a high-resolution camera, this converted Intercity High Speed Train (HST) helps measure the condition of tracks.
The Network Rail Aggregates, Sleepers and Materials Recycling stand explained what happens to track materials once they are removed from the infrastructure. Our national recycling depots identifed where assets are suitable for reuse, these are then graded and can be recycled back into the network. Other materials which cannot be reused are sold externally with the revenue generated helping to fund the operation of the railway.
On our stand we showcased our work across all our design disciplines with a focus on our specialist teams and how we apply the principles of SPEED to early stage design work. We also took to the Network Rail Village Stand and told you how our design work made the new FLOW Bridge a reality.
Network Rail Training designs, develops and delivers learning solutions that help our customers build their leadership and operational capability. We believe that excellent training and development, delivered locally and via our dedicated training centres, is the essential glue that enables Network Rail to put passengers and freight users first.
Guests visited the Network Rail Training stand and found out how we’re exploring new technology to enhance learning, investing in operations training, empowering our future leaders and provided opportunities for new graduates and apprentices to join the railway.
Intelligent Infrastructure is Network Rail's digital asset performance management programme. We use technology to turn data into intelligent information so the frontline and supporting teams can work safely, smarter and seamlessly to deliver improved services for passengers and freight customers.
Our network includes 20,000 miles of track, including 30,000 bridges, tunnels, and viaducts; thousands of stations, level crossings, and signals and we also manage rail timetabling for all of the Network Rail infrastructure.
By capturing and exploiting accurate data on the performance of railway assets, II will revolutionise the way Network Rail manages the network, shifting the business from traditional maintenance schedules to proactive predict and prevent regimes.
II will allow teams in the routes to gain clear evidence on where assets are, how they behave, how they degrade and when they are going to fail – allowing engineers to carry out the ‘right work, in the right place, at the right time.
Elsewhere on site at Rail Live, visitors met Network Rail’s Air Operations team for a ground-based demonstration of the high-tech cameras and equipment they use to deliver aerial surveys for their customers.
This included the helicopter-mounted cameras as well as visuals of the data pre- and post-processing for a better understanding of the ways it can be used to improve railway management and maintenance.
The team also brought a Drone for live demonstrations.
Welcome to Technical Services. We deliver specialist engineering, asset management, systems analysis, modelling and rail test development services. We work closely with the regions, routes, central functions and industry colleagues to improve the experience of our passengers and freight users.
The teams at Rail Live included:
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It's great to see Rail Live clearly going from strength to strength and it's already obvious to me that it's taken a step forward in the last year which is tribute to Nigel and all the team who have worked hard to make Rail Live 2019 a success, so well done to all of you.
Rail Live is the premier hands-on rail event of the year – rolling stock, plant, people, techniques – unmissable. Be there!
Rail Live is a truly notable event for all people with a professional rail interest, not only those involved with rail plant and track working. Having RAIL take over the organisation and promotion of the show has made it possible for Rail Live to become a ‘Farnborough for the Railway’, and an event that is now well and truly in the international rail calendar.
Great planning and great team work from you guys for the Rail Live show!
I would encourage you to get around and talk to as many people as you can, because in my visit I genuinely have spoken to people I would never have seen before. That’s one of the joys of this dynamic, and it’s why I’m a real passionate supporter of Rail Live.
This event offers something different, it gave us was the opportunity to be in a railway environment with real plant and real organisations. - Pino De Rosa, Managing Director, Bridgeway Consulting