19–20 June 2019
Quinton Rail Technology Centre, Warwickshire

On Track Features

A key part of the enhanced offering at Rail Live 2018 is the display of new and innovative rolling stock, enabling you to see them up-close and find out more about their important roles on the UK network.

A total of 70 nine-car Class 345 Aventra electric multiple units are being built by Bombardier Transportation in Derby for the soon-to-be Elizabeth Line (currently Crossrail). The first train entered service in June 2017 between London Liverpool Street and Shenfield, which is the only route on which the trains have been used so far.

Porterbrook’s first brand new Class 769 Flex bi-mode conversion – an innovative capacity-boosting electric multiple unit converted to include a diesel engine. The first Flex is due to enter traffic with Northern soon. The Flex are being converted from redundant Class 319 EMUs at Brush Traction (Loughborough).


The UK’s first fuel cell locomotive, built by the University of Birmingham’s Centre for Research and Education (BCRRE). The Hydrogen Hero was built for the first Institution of Mechanical Engineers Railway Challenge in 2012. Since then, it has been upgraded to include as much new technology as possible and is now a hybrid with a supercapacitor energy storage, a silicon carbide inverter drive, and permanent magnet AC motors.

Plain Line Pattern Recognition 1 is one of five trains Network Rail has that captures high-definition imagers combined with track geometry information which, when analysed with complex computer algorithms, enables candidate defects with the track to be highlighted. It replaces a method of basic visual inspection on plain line track and represents a major step forward in the detection of track faults such as missing rail fastenings and damage to sleepers.

Vivarail’s battery-powered D-Train - the first of which is in its final-build stage, and is set to be ready for passenger service by the summer. Vivarail was awarded a grant by Innovation UK in July 2017 for development of battery technology in its trains. These trains are built using the aluminium bodyshell and bogies of the now-retired London Underground Bombardier D-Stock trains.