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Innovation Platform

Innovation Platform will inspire visitors with the inventiveness and ingenuity in rail. This exhibition highlights emerging ideas and extraordinary achievements from across the rail industry.

Showcasing the latest and greatest in rail innovation, Innovation Platform celebrates the creative by focusing not only on the technology itself, but by giving just as much attention to the context in which objects were developed.

Through imaginative problem-solving and original thinking, the railways are progressing, armed with technologies designed to improve all aspects of the industry. The Innovation Platform will show the very best of these to those who will feel their benefit most greatly—you!

To explore the breadth of these developments, we’re giving you, our visitors, a look at the latest technology over two years, split into three thematic seasons. We are now in the second season: Decarbonisation.


One of the key objectives of Britain’s rail industry over the next 30 years is to decarbonise the sector, significantly reducing the output of harmful greenhouse gases that pollute the atmosphere. This season showcases cutting-edge objects designed to achieve this, including a hydrogen fuel cell from the UK’s first hydrogen-powered train, 3D-printed low-carbon concrete and a model of a shunting locomotive powered by batteries rather than diesel.

What themes are we exploring?

Autonomous Technology: June–December 2022
Decarbonisation: January–December 2023
Communities: January–June 2024

Previously on display

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