An exhibition at the National Rail Museum in York is highlighting the ground investigation being undertaken for HS2.
Called Testing, the exhibition runs until 28 April 2019 and explores innovation and engineering in the rail industry, highlighting the technology behind major projects such as Crossrail and HS2.
The exhibition is divided into five themed areas, including one that introduces the ground investgation taking place for HS2, and each is narrated by a real test engineer who works on the project.
According to the museum, before the first piece of track can be laid, ground to depths of up to 100m must be tested to ensure it is sufficiently stable. Visitors will see diamond-tipped drill bits used to collect samples and will find out about the biggest ground investigation project ever undertaken in Britain.
Narrated by Fugro senior lab technician Lindsay Campbell, the ground investigation exhibition includes a triaxial machine, wrist shaker, flasks and a sample taker as well as maps showing the geology along the proposed route.
A short film of a drill rig in action and a QR code at the end enables people to find out a bit more about what Lindsay likes to do outside work, as well as the top five places she’s enjoyed travelling to.
Other areas in the exhibition include the world’s fastest train testing rigs based at the University of Birmingham; the UK’s first Hyperloop prototype developed at the University of Edinburgh; a test station from Crossrail; and an external replica cab from the Hitachi Rail Class 800—the UK’s most advanced high-speed train.
National Railway Museum head of interpretation and design Charlotte, Kingston said: “New technology is shaping the trains and stations of the future. Engineers, architects and scientists are pushing the boundaries of what we thought possible to improve how we travel, taking us further, faster and more safely. Innovation on the railways doesn’t just happen and we need people to ask big questions and to use their engineering skills to experiment, prototype and find the answer.
“Testing is our first exhibition in almost a year and it has been created in partnership with the rail industry to give visitors a unique snapshot into the rigorous and intensive research and development that goes on behind the scenes.”
The exhibition is part of the Government’s Year of Engineering campaign which aims to reach and inspire more people to develop an interest in science and engineering.
The National Railway Museum is open 10am to 6pm, admission to the museum and the Testing exhibition is free.