Complete ‘Network Rail village’ for Rail Live

Rail Live 2019 is to feature a complete ‘Network Rail village’, including live demonstrations and displays of equipment such as a High Output Ballast Cleaner and Kirow crane. 

The infrastructure company will also display vehicles from its road fleet, and ‘before and after’ examples of switches and crossings refurbished at its Whitemoor facility.

The announcement adds to an already substantial Network Rail presence at the June 19-20 industry event, that includes a survey helicopter and dedicated Class 950 Track Recording Unit. Used on secondary lines, the ‘950’ is the only member of NR’s measurement fleet to have been purpose-built for track measurement.

NR will display the Kirow crane - the only one in its fleet - in conjunction with a beam carrier and tilting wagon to show how the machines work together to position switches and crossings. Meanwhile, its Ballast Cleaning System 3 will allow an appreciation of what the HOBC 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.

Speakers from NR are also to be well-represented, with Chief Executive Andrew Haines supported by colleagues such as Chief Technology Officer Andy Doherty and Managing Director of Route Services Susan Cooklin. Visitors will also have the chance to talk to representatives of NR’s supply chain operations teams.

Other high-profile speakers expected to attend include Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling.

Rail Live is a trade show for individuals working in the rail industry. You will need to register with a verified industry email address to attend. The event, at the QRTC in Long Marston, is on June 19/20. For more details, including the agenda, see

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