Rail Show – RSN – Sets next Show Date for 6th July 2023 in Derby and reports record numbers for their 2022 Event.
Rolling Stock Networking (RSN) continued its growth as record numbers of visitors from all sectors of the industry filled Derby Arena on the 7th of July 2022, re-confirming the event as one of the most popular in the industry.
The show video is now released capturing the atmosphere and vibrancy that the show generated.
Opened by the Mayor of Derby Cllr Robin Wood and attended by Amanda Solloway MP the show created a real buzz with contacts made, relationships reinforced and all in the unique friendly atmosphere for which RSN has become renowned.
The event featured the Expo with 145 Exhibitors, appointments with Alstom in the Meet the Buyer Section and CAF headlining the vast proliferation of exhibitors. Rail Companies came together from Passenger and Freight Rolling Stock, Technical Enhancements, Depot Equipment, Ancillary Services and the Rail Supply Chain. The show resonated with anticipation of the growth of the rail sector as it emerges as the engine behind the Great British Railway and expectation of increases in government funding in rail.
The MP for Derby North, Amanda Solloway opened the RailBusinessDaily “I conference” at RSN with a powerful introduction, firmly advocating the importance of Derby as the centre of the UK rail Industry.
The show which is firmly focussed on traction and rolling stock, depot services, equipment and the wider supply base, drew an astonishing total attendance of 1611. RSN hosted companies many of whom were international, including, some 50 Rail Forum Members.
Ranging from higher technology products with Televic GSP, Train FX and Infodev EDI offering information systems and passenger counting systems; Orange Train Wash and Akriveia offering new inventions and digital services, Gemini, Chrysalis, Multipulse, Harting and many others also offering the dependable products and services upon which the railway relies, to entrepreneurs at the SME end of the spectrum. Exhibitors brought many new ideas and innovative products and services that support and improve the operational railway. There was no end to the opportunities to trade, collaborate and succeed offered by the show.
There was standing room only at the packed RailbusinessDaily I Conference (at RSN) drawing great interest with headline speakers including Paul Harwood of Great British Railways Transition Team, Maria Griffin, HS2 Project Director for the Hitachi Alstom High Speed Joint Venture, Bernie-Rowell, Head of Delivery – Rolling Stock Project HS2; all captivating the packed conference with their essential industry news, detail of their projects and the transition to Great British Railways.
The Railway Industry Association, supported by Jobson James Rail provided opportunities to meet buyers from a number of leading companies including Alstom and Keolis Amey Docklands.
The exhibitors offered every conceivable product and service from entire trains to the smallest components. CAF were inundated with interest on their stand and the volume of visitors meant that time flew by. Smiles were exchanged for many business cards, new relationships were built and business opportunities flowed, enabling the exploration of future business to be pursued.
The Rolling Stock Networking team have since been overwhelmed with positive feedback extending to over two pages of content on the show web site !! The enthusiasm has carried over into stand bookings for the 2023 show with many stands already booked.
The secret if ever there was one to the success of Rolling Stock Networking is in the friendly networking atmosphere which has become a trademark of both Rolling Stock Networking and our sister events at Rail Infrastructure Networking.
Unlike many other shows the event is not owned by a media company and is organised by people that really know the railways, working every day in the industry; providing the very maintenance and technical enhancements that the show promotes and also the insurances and contractual risk assessments that provide for trading in a safety conscious industry.
One thing is certain, the team will continue to build on the success of the event with the key mission to provide small companies with the same exposure and profiling opportunities to join in the vibrant and friendly environment that the show offers; normally only affordable to companies of scale. It’s not long to wait until RSN 2023.
The show will continue to grow in attraction and depth of content, with forward dates of Thursday 6 July 2023 & Thursday 4 July 2024. The organisers remain committed to serving the industry providing value for money exhibiting options with no compromise on content and quality.