INTRO: With Railtrack forecasting unprecedented levels of investment in Britain’s rail infrastructure, the multi-disciplinary Infrarail 98 exhibition and related seminars are attracting record numbers of suppliers and delegates

HOUSED in the former Manchester Central station, with over a century of railway heritage, the G-Mex exhibition centre is well placed to host Infrarail 98. Within a few hundred metres lies a tentacle of the electrified West Coast main line from London, for which a £2·1bn upgrading programme is the biggest single element in Railtrack’s 10-year infrastructure investment programme.

Organised by Mack-Brooks, Infrarail 98 runs from September 29 to October 1. The latest in a series of biennial events dedicated to all aspects of rail infrastructure equipment and maintenance is forecast to be the biggest so far. Around 300 exhibitors will be filling the Central and Windsor halls at G-Mex to demonstrate their products and services for every angle of the infrastructure business.

Whilst the bulk of the exhibitors are British, other European countries are well represented, including Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. From farther afield come companies from the United States and even the Ukraine.

Three organisations are planning a series of seminars on infrastructure-related topics in Manchester alongside the main exhibition.

The Institution of Civil Engineers, in association with the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers, is hosting three technical seminars on Mainline Railways, Signalling Issues and Light Rail. The Waterfront Conference Co is holding another on Railtrack’s procurement strategies. Independent Technical Conferences is organising a conference on the development of integrated railway control centres, of which Britain’s first is likely to be in Manchester (RG 7.98 p455). o

Contact details

Exhibition organisers:

Mack-Brooks Exhibitions Ltd

Forum Place, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL10 0RN, Great Britain

Tel: +44 1707 275 641

Fax: +44 1707 275 544

Web site: /infrarail98.htm

Technical Seminars:

Rachel Coninx

The Institution of Civil Engineers

1 Great George Street, Westminster

London SW1P 3AA, Great Britain

Fax: +44 171 233 1743

Frances Cumberland

The Waterfront Conference Co

9 Grosvenor Gardens

London SW1W 0BH, Great Britain

Fax: +44 171 233 7511

Stephanie Whitham

Independent Technical Conferences

PO Box 452, Kempston

Bedford MK43 9PL, Great Britain

Fax: +44 1234 841 375

List of Exhibitors


Abloy Security Ltd

Abtus Ltd

Accumulatorenwerk Hoppecke

AEA Technology Rail

Aggregate Industries UK Ltd

Airtec International Ltd

Edgar Allen Engineering Ltd

Amalgamated Construction Ltd


Amec Spie Rail

Ameron Coatings Ltd

Amey Plc

Amey Railways Ltd

AMG Systems

AMP of Great Britain

AMT Sybex Ltd

Andrews Fasteners Ltd

Anixter Distribution


Aqua Geocomposites Ltd

Aqua Signal & Telegraphic Systems

Arbil Ltd

Aspen Burrow Crocker

S G Baldwin

Balfour Beatty Rail Engineering

Balfour Beatty Rail Ltd

Balfour Beatty Rail Maintenance

Balfour Beatty Rail Plant Ltd

Balfour Beatty Rail Projects Ltd

Balfour Beatty Rail Renewals Ltd

Ballast Tools

Bals Engineering

R Bance & Co Ltd

Barber Atkins Surveyors

Bardon Aggregates UK Ltd

Basys Display Systems

BATT Cables Plc

BCM Contracts Ltd

Beton Construction Materials Ltd

Birse Rail

BMT Reliability Consultants Ltd

Henry Booth & Company

Bott Ltd

Bridgeway Consulting Ltd

Britannia Heat Transfer Ltd

British Steel Track Products


Buck & Hickman Ltd

Bupa Occupational Health Care

Burnham & Co (Onyx) Ltd

Calders & Grandidge

Camas Building Materials Ltd


Cannon Telecomms Ltd

Canusa Systems

Cape Durasteel Ltd

Castle Wyse Ltd

Cattron (UK) Ltd

Cavity Lock Systems Ltd


CDI-Anders Glaser Wills


Cegasa Ltd

Celette (Industrial Housings) Ltd

Cembre Ltd

Chain & Rope Services Ltd

Chartered Institute of Transport

Chubb Security Installations

Civil Engineering International

Civil Engineered Products Ltd

Clearvision Lighting Ltd

Clough Smith Ltd

Clydesdale Ltd

Colas Ltd

Cold Expansion Management Services Ltd

College of Railway Technology

Collis Engineering Ltd

Control & Display Systems

Cooper & Turner Ltd

COPON - E Wood Ltd

Corewire Ltd

Corporate Image International

Cotec Computing Services

Dalloz Safety Ltd

Dehn & S