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  • Rail Innovation and Development Centre

    Created as part of our investment in the future of the industry

  • Acceptance trials of our mobile flash butt rail welder

  • Open to the wider industry, this test facility provides facilities for engineers and operators to experiment and develop new ways of maintaining, renewing and enhancing the railway.

    Activities include trialling and developing new rail vehicles, plant and machinery, infrastructure systems, and components. New operational practices are tested in controlled conditions, and engineers are trained to develop and improve their skills in a realistic and safe environment.

    Located in Nottinghamshire, our Rail Innovation and Development Centre is maintained to the standards of the rest of the network and is therefore fully representative of our national railway infrastructure.

    We also have the advantage of being able to call upon our resources and supply-base to enable us to provide additional on-site services such as locomotive and driver hire, delivery of infrastructure materials, staffing for a safe system of work, and technical experts.

    We can also offer a comprehensive package including acceptance services using Network Rail’s own Notified Body/Vehicle Acceptance Body including on-track plant under industry standard RIS1530PLT.

  • Rail Innovation and Development Centre, High Marnham

  • What the centre offers

    The Rail Innovation and Development Centre supports a wide range of activities for our colleagues across the industry.

    For rail vehicles, on-track machines and on-track plant:

    • Trials of new and modified vehicles
    • Commissioning
    • Staff training
    • Vehicle and plant acceptance testing
    • Incident reconstruction trials, re-railing and emergency exercises
    • Handling and working practices

    For infrastructure systems, equipment and components:

    • Trials and proving of new and modified processes and products in all infrastructure disciplines
    • Staff training in installation, maintenance and faulting

    Other specialist testing and activities:

    • TSI noise testing of new rail vehicles and plant
    • Slip brake testing of new rail vehicles
    • Promotional work including filming and photography

    Contact information

    Want to discuss anything further? Please email: