RIDC Tuxford

A former cross-country line, RIDC Tuxford provides a safe environment for testing new and modified rolling stock, plant, on-track machines, infrastructure, equipment and technology

Our RIDC site in Tuxford, Nottinghamshire, spurs off the Robin Hood line to provide 10 miles of single-line test track with a three-mile double section, capable of testing up to 75mph.

The facility, which we own and operate, comprises a short section of non-live 25kV type catenary and a short section of non-live 3rd/4th rail.

As well as providing a safe operating environment for testing, RIDC Tuxford is also used by the rail industry to deliver training and competency assessments.


RIDC Tuxford can offer:

  • office and mess facilities
  • sidings
  • stabling
  • dummy overhead line equipment
  • dummy 3rd/4th rail
  • ability to change infrastructure characteristics.

Additional information is provided on this RIDC Tuxford site layout map (PDF)

RIDC Tuxford is suitable for the following types of testing:

  • adhesion up to 1:25 W6A vehicle gauge
  • handbrake
  • slip brake.

RIDC Tuxford offers bespoke capabilities for the RIS-1530-PLT rail plant test site – this is unique in Britain. It has all the required infrastructure parameters for compliance with railway industry standards, applicable to new and modified on-track machines at one site.

RIDC Tuxford provides the following training areas:

  • tamper
  • stoneblower
  • thimbling
  • lifting.


This document (PDF) provides information on the various tests that can be undertaken at RIDC Tuxford.

To ask about testing at our Tuxford facility, please complete this form and email it to RIDC@networkrail.co.uk.


RIDC Tuxford is 15 miles north of Newark, in Nottinghamshire, off the Robin Hood line – between Thoresby Junction and High Marnham.

Lodge Lane Industrial Estate
Ashvale Road
NG22 0NL