Rail Live 2017

Rail (UK) - - Contents - Ste­fanie Browne ste­fanie.browne@bauer­me­dia.co.uk

A chance to ex­pe­ri­ence the new D-Train first-hand as RAIL teams up with Rail Al­liance to stage Rail Live.

RAIL and RailRe­view have struck a part­ner­ship with the Rail Al­liance to stage Rail Live 2017 on June 21-22.

Rail Live is an out­door rail show aimed at the en­tire rail sec­tor. It at­tracts more than 300 ex­hibitors who show­case a wide range of prod­ucts and ser­vices in a real rail en­vi­ron­ment. A com­pre­hen­sive timetable of events and demon­stra­tions, sem­i­nars and pre­sen­ta­tions will take place in 2017. More than 6,000 vis­i­tors at­tended over the two days in 2016.

The event has taken place at Long Marston (War­wick­shire) for the past four years, but this new part­ner­ship on the unique 120-acre site will build on the suc­cess of the cur­rent show to cre­ate the UK’s big­gest and best rail ex­hi­bi­tion.

One of the big­gest de­vel­op­ments this year is that, for the first time, vis­i­tors to Rail Live will be able to travel by train right to the show, courtesy of Vi­varail’s D-Train. Pas­sen­ger shut­tles will run be­tween Honey­bourne sta­tion and a spe­cial plat­form in­side the show­ground at the Quin­ton Rail Tech­nol­ogy Cen­tre (QRTC).

This will be the first time the Class 230 has been in pas­sen­ger ser­vice. The pro­to­type ‘230’ was built and tested at QRTC, and this will be a unique op­por­tu­nity to see and ex­pe­ri­ence the train first-hand.

“Vi­varail is de­lighted to be able to show off our train to the many pas­sen­gers at Rail Live,” said Vi­varail Chair­man Adrian Shooter.

The Vi­varail team will be out in force through­out the show to talk about the pro­to­type DMU and the new bat­tery test train.

The shut­tles are made pos­si­ble as a re­sult of close co­op­er­a­tion with Network Rail which in­spected the track and ap­proved the tem­po­rary plat­form.

Network Rail Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Mark Carne said: “Rail Live is a great event that helps to bring the in­dus­try to­gether, show­cas­ing in­no­va­tion and tech­nol­ogy and

pro­mot­ing our ex­per­tise for the mar­kets at home and abroad. We are happy to sup­port this year’s event and to have played a small part in mak­ing the venue more ac­ces­si­ble than ever be­fore.”

RAIL will pro­duce the of­fi­cial Rail Live 2017 show guide and stage a se­ries of sem­i­nars over the two days, while play­ing an in­te­gral part in grow­ing the event it­self.

“This is an ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ment for Rail Live,” said Rail Al­liance Chair­man Colin Flack. “It builds on the legacy of the part­ner­ship with Network Rail and brings a whole new di­men­sion to what is al­ready a suc­cess­ful show. We look for­ward to shar­ing more an­nounce­ments with vis­i­tors and ex­hibitors over the com­ing weeks.”

RAIL and RailRe­view Man­ag­ing Editor Nigel Har­ris said: “We have wanted to be in­volved with a rail ex­hi­bi­tion which not only has a con­ven­tional in­door ex­hi­bi­tion but also an ex­cit­ing out­door show. The rail in­dus­try has some ex­cit­ing hard­ware and equip­ment which is not


Honey­bourne sta­tion, look­ing to­wards Worces­ter. The right-hand track is the sin­gle line from Long Marston, which con­nects with the main line in the dis­tance, with Long Marston be­hind the pho­tog­ra­pher. The rusty track to the left is dis­con­nected at both ends. The plan is to build a short tem­po­rary plat­form over this dis­used line, which will be ac­cessed from the Up plat­form by the foot­bridge steps. Rail Live will fea­ture the first pub­lic-car­ry­ing runs of a D-Train, from Honey­bourne.

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