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This exhibition took you into a world of experimentation, prototyping and testing, showing how these techniques help engineers and scientists find the answers.

Testing showcased the UK’s latest railway technology and introduced you to some of the ordinary people doing extraordinary things to drive innovation in the rail industry.

You could take a close look at the UK’s first Hyperloop pod prototype—a smooth, scaled-down vessel which previews what high-speed transport could look like in the future.

The exhibition also looked at the in-depth research taking place behind the scenes of new railway developments, such as test procedures performed at Hitachi’s factory in County Durham and the challenges of bench design for Elizabeth Line platforms.

Testing showed how these innovative endeavoursand others, including one of the fastest train sets in the worldprove there’s much more to engineering than just a spanner and a hard hat.

Peer inside the workshops of modern rail engineering.