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

Network Rail’s Supply Chain Operations Village

Network Rail's Supply Chain Operations village at Rail Live 2019

This year sees the introduction of a new Network Rail village at Rail Live, featuring live and static machine demonstrations, a welfare van and lorry from its road fleet, before and after examples of Switches and Crossings (S&C) refurbished at its Whitemoor facility and much more.


The new village in Zones K and J will include the largest vehicles from Network Rail’s extensive fleet: one of its High Output ballast cleaning systems and its Kirow crane.

Measuring up to half-a-mile long, High Output ballast cleaners travel the length and breadth of the country to clean and replace worn ballast, helping to keep the track stable, safe and prolong the asset’s life, ensuring a more sustainable railway. At Rail Live, visitors will be able to see one up close in a first-ever static demo. Ballast Cleaning System 3 will be set up as it is during its ballast cleaning delivery, giving the audience an appreciation and visual of what the ballast cleaning 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.

  • Visitors to Zone K will also have the chance to speak to many of Network Rail’s Supply Chain Operations teams, from areas including High Output, road fleet, aggregates, sleepers and material recycling (ASMR), S&C and rail, to find out more about the services they offer and their important work on the railway.
  • In Zone J, Network Rail’s Kirow crane – the only one in its fleet – will be used in conjunction with a beam carrier and tilting wagon to demonstrate how the machines all work together to position S&C during their journey from the wagon to the ground.


Plus: Meet Network Rail's Air Operations team 

Elsewhere on site at Rail Live, visitors can meet 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 will include 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 will also have some of their drones on display and will be available for more information.