With less than one month to go, Railway Strategies takes a look at some of the exhibitors and products on view at this year’s Infrarail
More than 200 companies from across the rail supply industry will be taking part in the eleventh Infrarail show at ExCeL London from 12 to 14 April. Around 75 of those will be exhibiting at the event for the first time, many bringing new products and new ideas to the market.
It has now been confirmed that Infrarail 2016 will be formally opened on 12 April by Claire Perry MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Transport. The minister will also deliver a keynote speech the same day as part of an extensive and informative programme during the show that includes technical seminars, project updates and discussion forums.
The exhibition focuses on the systems, equipment and skills needed for building, managing and maintaining all elements of the railway’s fixed assets. Firms taking part will be showcasing technologies and services covering track construction and maintenance, signalling, communications and electrification as well as installations such as stations and depots. Also present will be companies specialising in recruitment and training, occupational health and security. This article provides just a snapshot of some of the companies taking part. A full list of exhibitors is available at www.infrarail.com.
In the track products and construction sector, Tata Steel will be present. The company is also providing sections of track inside the exhibition hall to form a display setting for smaller items of plant and equipment. Exhibitors featured here will include 3M UK, Quietstone, Rosehill Rail and Sperry Rail International.
Among other exhibitors from the track sector will be rail manufacturer ArcelorMittal Europe – Long Products, German track construction firm and slab track specialist Max Bogl Stiftung, and track products suppliers Direct Track Solutions and Schwihag.
Innovative track construction products manufactured in Japan from fibre-reinforced foamed urethane (FFU) will be on show by Sekisui Chemical Co. FFU longitudinal baulks and cross-sleepers have been installed as a trial at two Network Rail bridge sites on the Ashford-Hastings line.
Suppliers of track drainage products will include CUBIS, showcasing its FLEXI Pit system which utilises the company’s STAKKAbox™ Ultima access chamber, and Aqua Group with its GRP Catchpit System.
In the field of track tools, Infrarail will see the UK launch by Cembre of new generation models of both its benchmark Pandrol clip insertion/extraction machines and a battery-powered variant of its rail drill.
Access Design & Engineering (ADE) plans to highlight its GRP station platforms, as well as structures such as GRP ballast retention walls, location cabinets, drivers’ walkways, debris screens and end-of-platform gates and fences. New from Dura Composites will be Dura Slab Structural Stair Treads with a built-in riser for rapid installation, fibre-reinforced plastic (FRP) dagger boards for platform canopies and FRP solutions for screening and height adjustments of parapets.
AATi (Antislip Antiwear Treads International) will focus on the continuing development of the traditional London Underground cast stair tread designs adopted after its formation in 1984. Tactile paving specialist Visul Systems is this year launching a new tile embossed with the brand name ‘Visul’, making it easily identifiable and marking it out from competing products.
The Marshalls stand will feature station upgrading products that include single coping units and a combined platform coping tactile unit designed to Network Rail and London Underground specifications. The benefits of using of galvanizing steel for rail projects including station upgrades will be explained by Wedge Group Galvanizing, and AJT Engineering will be exhibiting for the first time at Infrarail to outline its capabilities as a comprehensive subcontract engineering services provider.
New from ScottParnell Rail will be a lightweight GRP elevated cable troughing system used commonly throughout Europe and now available in the UK. And Natural Cement Distribution will explain how its Shotcrete 430F dry spray was used to refurbish Colwall New Tunnel under the Malvern Hills.
Lighting specialists exhibiting include Abacus Lighting. Its raise & lower columns have been used as part of the Thameslink project and by London Underground. Aluminium Lighting Company will also feature raise & lower lighting columns incorporating its Echalon Hinge.
Signalling and train control
Among exhibitors providing signalling and train control technology and products will be Park Signalling, Selectrail and Unipart Dorman. STT Solutions plans to demonstrate a working level crossing control system connected to an animation of it in operation and also linked to its LED road traffic lights.
CPMS will cite its ability to recover the problematic Great Eastern Overhead Line Renewal as testimony to its project management expertise. Among other participants covering the electrification sector and related products will include LC Switchgear, Prysmian Cables & Systems and ROV Développement, with systems for the maintenance, control and observation of the overhead power supply system.
Swedish company SRS Sjölanders will highlight the Type FRB25 Multipurpose Road Rail Vehicle built on a Volvo FM 330hp 6×4 rigid chassis, an example of which was ordered by Keltbray Rail. On-track plant suppliers Linsinger Maschinenbau from Austria and Germany’s Windhoff will be present too. And making its debut at Infrarail will be NAEF from Italy, showcasing a product range that includes vehicles for the installation and maintenance of overhead line equipment.
Depot and vehicle maintenance equipment will also be featured at Infrarail. On show by Semmco will be access equipment for rolling stock maintenance, including pit boards and handrails in high-strength lightweight aluminium and GRP, and the Eco Platform providing a working height of 4.2m. LISTA (UK) plans to highlight its capabilities in the design and manufacture of innovative, efficient, modular storage and workspace systems.
Many of the exhibitors at the Civil Infrastructure & Technology Exhibition – CITE 2016 (www.cite-uk.com) which will share the ExCeL London venue with Infrarail will also be presenting products and services with rail applications. Check the website for details.
Pre-register for free entry to Infrarail via the onscreen link at www.infrarail.com. This facility will remain open until midnight on 11 April, the day before doors open. Registration also gives free access to all the activities taking place as part of Infrarail, as well as entry to CITE and its supporting events. For on-site registration there will be a £20 entry fee.