Vehicle Maintenance and Obsolescence

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Date(s) - September 28 2023
9:00am - 2:00pm

Crewe Alexandra FC

We are delighted to continue the fleet programme of events, following our highly successful Fleet Performance in March and TOCTalk in July.  This edition will look specifically at Vehicle Maintenance and Obsolescence and we host a range of speakers traversing these huge topics.

This half day event in Crewe, will provide two sessions to give you a view on both obsolescence and maintenance from a range of speakers across the rolling stock sector as well as our roll call, panel Q&As and networking opportunities (including exhibition zone).

Session 1

Session 1 will deliver some more contextual overviews on obsolescence and vehicle maintenance.  Attendees will gain:

  • A ‘how-to’ of obsolescence
  • An understanding of maintenance standards and the role of cyber in obsolescence
  • Insight into how TFL approaches both maintenance and obsolescence
  • A ROSCO perspective on maintenance regimes and how suppliers support this process

We are thrilled to host the following speakers

  • Stuart Broadbent, Chair of the Institute of Obsolescence Management
  • Robert Shemilt, Principal Rolling Stock Systems Engineer, RSSB
  • Ian Rawlings, Head of Profession – Vehicles, TFL
  • Shakil Ismail, Head of Fleet, Eversholt Rail

Session 2

This session will look more closely at current practices for maintenance and obsolescence management, as well as focus on some key opportunities for delegates to consider, as we welcome the following speakers:

  • Peter Broadley, MD Rolling Stock & Services, Alstom
  • Mark Spreadbury, Senior Technical Support Engineer, Unipart Rail
  • Alex Greig-Cooper, Fleet Development Manager, East Midlands Rail
  • Andrew Gainsbury, Rolling Stock Strategy Manager, Transport for Wales
  • Mick Ridgway, Fleet Asset Manager, Porterbrook

Our Event Partners

We are thrilled to introduce our four event partners:

“As an event partner, Belvoir Rail is excited to participate in discussions on Vehicle Maintenance and Obsolescence.  Rolling stock obsolescence poses significant challenges for the rail industry, requiring innovative solutions to ensure long-term sustainability.  Belvoir Rail specialises in providing leading solutions tailored to the unique needs of the rail sector.  Our expertise allows us to tackle obsolescence head-on to optimise maintenance and extend the lifespan of rolling stock assets.” James Brown, MD

Gemini Rail Services are very pleased to be a part of this event. As an event partner, Gemini Rail Services, recognises the need for the industry to have this discussion. As a significant percentage  of our rolling stock becomes older and the associated challenges become more apparent this session is a key  aspect of the work that we at Gemini do. Gemini Rail Services operate the oldest, continually operating maintenance, overhaul, coded servicing and modification depot in the world, and look forward to this open and well structured event.”  Lewis Melia, Key Account Manager

We are proud to support this excellent Rail Forum Event in our home-town of Crewe with 183 years of rail heritage. Vehicle Maintenance and Obsolescence has been key to keeping a modern Railway going.  With the latest advancements in vehicle technology, Train Bits and More have supported the industry for over 14 years with services and materials offering great life cycle benefits.  We always say “proper vehicle maintenance is not just about keeping your wheels turning, but about ensuring your success keeps accelerating” and we are pleased to help our customers continue to achieve this. Neil Smith, Director

Steve Welch, Commercial Manager said: “TVS Rail Spares is pleased to support this Rail Forum event on the crucial topic of Vehicle Maintenance and the ever-growing challenges around obsolescence. We’re looking forward to engaging with key industry players to collaborate on this important topic and showing how TVS Rail Spares can help to solve some of these issues with their innovative supply chain solutions.”

Exhibition Zone

This event provides a small number of exhibition tables for Rail Forum members to demonstrate their approach to vehicle maintenance and obsolescence.  Tables now all taken

We are delighted to welcome:

  • RTS Solutions
  • Diamond Rail Services
  • CoMech Metrology
  • Dyer Engineering
  • API Capacitors
  • LPA
  • In addition to our event partners

Optional post-event tour

We are thrilled to offer a limited number of places to visit Arriva Traincare’s nearby facility in Crewe.  This short 40 minute tour will provide a great opportunity, particularly for those that are not familiar with a working depot environment.  PPE will be required (minimum safety footwear, hi-vis upper and *bump cap*).  Please indicate in the registration field below if you are interested in place.   Allocation of places will be confirmed in the joining instructions.  Tour should complete around 3pm.


Who should attend?

This event is ideal for anyone looking to support vehicle maintenance or is keen to understand obsolescence and approaches which can help deliver vehicle performance.  Vehicle builders, owners, operators and supply chain with obsolescence solutions / maintenance offerings will gain valuable insight and networking.


Crewe Alexandra Football Club, Gresty Road, Crewe, Cheshire East, CW2 6EB


Rail Forum members can have up to 2 free of charge places.  Additional places are charged at £50 plus VAT each.

Non Rail Forum members are welcome to attend this event.  A ticket, maximum one per company, can be purchased for £150.

Registration Deadline

Bookings will close at 7.00pm on Wednesday 13th September.  Joining information will be sent out on Tuesday 19th September.

Sorry, bookings for this event are closed.
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