RAILTEX: Halls 1 and 2 of the National Exhibition Centre near Birmingham will be hosting Railtex 2000 from November 21 to 23. Organisers Mack Brooks Exhibitions are expecting over 500 exhibitors at what has become Britain's largest rail industry event, which last year attracted a total of 8534 visitors. We highlight some of the products and services which will be on show

Further information

Railtex 2000
Mack Brooks Exhibitions
Tel: +44 1707 278200
Fax: +44 1707 278201
E-mail: railtex@mackbrooks.co.uk

Railway Technology Conference 2000

Institution of Mechanical Engineers
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Rolling stock

  • Adtranz will be displaying a Turbostar DMU car. Centrepiece of the Alstom stand will be a driving car from a Class 458 Juniper EMU for South West Trains, which features the company's IGBT-based Onix drive. Alstom will also be presenting signalling equipment such as MMI radio, the Eurobalise and LED ground signals, and maintenance solutions including the Total Trainlife Management concept.
  • The Minitram battery-powered light rail vehicle designed by Transport Design International and assembled by Winstanley & Co will be making its debut at Railtex. Capable of operating on rubber tyres as well as rail, Minitram can carry between 35 and 90 passengers, and a system cost of £0·9m/km including rolling stock is claimed.
  • Amongst the suppliers of rolling stock components, Adaptaflex will be displaying metallic and non-metallic conduit systems for electrical cabling, also suitable for lineside applications. Cattron will be presenting its DR Series of radio remote control systems for doors on ballast wagons, supplied to GE Rail Services and infrastructure maintenance contractor GTRM. Concargo Composites offers parts in vinyl ester, phenolic and halogen-free resins, ranging in size from cab shells to waste bins. Individual colour-matched panels can be supplied for accident repairs.
  • Solvent-free and water-borne coating systems produced by Copon will be on display, for applications ranging from underframe corrosion protection to car interior finishes. For Virgin Trains' Class 390 tilting trains (p724), Craig & Derricott has supplied electro-pneumatic uncoupler switches, as well as isolation switch panels for the Voyager and Super Voyager trains being built by Bombardier. In conjunction with The Woolmark Company UK, John Holdsworth & Co has developed a seat moquette that meets a new Railtrack Group Standard as well as revised British Standards for flammability and toxicity.
  • Railko will be exhibiting its range of thermoset and thermoplastic bearings, as well as other components including anti-roll bar bushes, gangway facings and centre pivot liners. Battery manufacturer Saft will be presenting a central water system enabling all cells to be filled from one tank, as well as SPL low-maintenance batteries for signalling and telecommunications back-up applications.
  • A new rolling rubber bush and long-life ball joint that offer reduced wear will be among the highlights of the Silentbloc stand.Designer and supplier of graphic finishes for interior and exterior applications, Supersine Duramark will be launching its System Deco range of custom-printed, self-adhesive laminates together with a new glass protection film.
  • Technical Resin Bonders has recently supplied aluminium honeycomb floor panels for Alstom Juniper EMUs, and will also be exhibiting assemblies for train interiors such as toilet cubicles. Bonding solutions for interior panels from 3M UK include tape, re-closeable fasteners and structural adhesives. As well as Controltac