Rail Live 2014

We think that the positive, unqualified approval of the Rail Live Event at Stratford by all those taking part and/or attending was justified and wish to take this opportunity of thanking all those Network Rail Staff involved with its organisation.

From our perspective, we were able to demonstrate the range of new products: all developed to improve safety, save time and expense; that we have developed since the inaugural approval by Network Rail of our RSS

  1. Magnetically Attached Safety Barrier.
  2. RSS Magnetically Attached – Points Run-Through Signage
  3. RSS Magnetically Attached – Lookout Kit
  4. RSS Magnetically Attached – Temporary Speed Restriction Boards (TSR Boards)
  5. RSS Magnetically Attached – Trench Barrier
  6. RSS Handrail Tube carriers

Secondly with the co-operation of the NR Electrification demonstration team, we were able to demonstrate in a live situation, that 4 men could erect 50m of Safety Barrier in 5 minutes and dismantle it in 4 minutes without disturbing the ballast, or incurring the costs associated with a full-possession.

It certainly impressed the crowd watching, many of whom had not seen the RSS Magnetically Attached Safety Barrier previously, and were initially sceptical of our claims that “ 5 operatives could erect 102m of Safety Barrier in 15 minutes” – seeing is believing!


Benefits of the Magnetic Safety Barrier

  1. The RSS Railway Safety System consists of only two components
  2. The RSS Railway Safety System has been tested and certified to EN 13374 (Class A), and is approved by Network Rail  PA05 05085
  3. No loose components
  4. No tools needed
  5. No danger of damaging underground signalling cables
  6. Allows tamping & ballast cleaning to continue whilst in-situ
  7. Does NOT affect track circuits or Axle counters
  8. Can be used in areas with S & C
  9. Safe, simple and light, with no hazardous ‘Ballast Dust’ generated.
  10. Fast assembly/disassembly, with a simple magnetic attachment to the web of the rail, with no requirement to remove or replace ballast
  11. Very fast build time and thus a major saving in working and possession costs
  12. With no ballast removal it can be used in freezing temperatures (to-20oC) when ballast is frozen or in high temperatures (to+80oC) when ‘track distortion’ is an issue.

The patented Magnetically Attached Safety Barrier is easy to use and will therefore, be used!





Monday, July 7th, 2014 Uncategorized Comments Off on Rail Live 2014

Successful TSR Board Trial

rss-rail-temporary-speed-restrictionNetwork Rail IP Western division have kindly sponsored the development and trial of the innovative RSS magnetically Attached TSR Board (Temporary Speed Restriction Board).

The final part of the trial took place in a ‘live’ situation at Tumpy Green Lane, Dursley, Gloucestershire, courtesy of Network Rail and Balfour Beatty Rail.

As you can see in the video, no ballast was required to be removed or replaced, and so the installation and removal of the TSR Board was completed by one man in a 5minute ‘line blockage’, rather than taking a ‘full possession’ with a gang of 5 operatives, saving both time and expense.

Initially the sign was twice the size of a conventional TSR sign to give it maximum exposure to the forces (air turbulence) created by the train movement through the air, and ‘black bagged’ to avoid any potential for confusion of train drivers.

A Passenger Train at 50mph was passed by the TSR Sign initially, followed by the NR Track measurement Train, a Passenger Train travelling at 100mph and then a freight train at 75mph.  As you can see from the video, there was no visible movement/ impact on the TSR Board.  It remained firmly in position despite being twice the size of a conventional sign and therefore subject to greater loadings.

The trial was deemed an unqualified success and the completed RSS Magnetically Attached TSR Board is progressing to full approval by Network Rail.


Contact: Paul Scapens –       TEL: +44 (0)7974 065798 or

E-MAIL: paul@inrailsafe.co.uk    for further details.


Monday, July 7th, 2014 Uncategorized Comments Off on Successful TSR Board Trial

Deutsche Bahn fully approves RSS safety barrier

db-bahn-logoBerlin/Innotrans, September 18, 2012 – Following the success in winning the Rail-Tech Europe award for Innovation in 2011, the RSS safety barrier with magnet, has been fully approved by the Deutsche Bahn to protect employees in one of the most dangerous occupations: Rail Track maintenance. The RSS system may be used DB-wide.

This innovative new concept from RSS in the Netherlands uses magnets to attach the safety barrier directly to the web of the rail.

Safety barriers are used to protect rail track workers from moving trains on the parallel track. Safety barriers are the safest way to protect the health and safety of railroad workers, but due to a variety of circumstances traditional safety barriers cannot always be used. Erection of traditional barriers is time consuming as they require removal of the ballast from under the rail. Similarly on removal of the barrier, the ballast has to be re-instated and tamped correctly.
Unfortunately due to the above mentioned reasons safety barriers are not always used, and we know that this can lead to incidents, even fatal ones.

The TÜV tested RSS safety barrier with magnet has received approval by the Deutsche Bahn and offers many additional benefits to the fundamental one of protecting railway workers.
Tests done in the UK by Network Rail, (who incidentally have also fully tested and approved the system for UK rail infrastructure PA05 05085) with a gang of 5 operators showed that it is possible to erect 100 meters of RSS safety barrier in 15 minutes, dismantling took 11 minutes – because there is no need to remove or re-instate ballast.
It took 2 hours with a gang of 10 people to erect and dismantle 100 meters of conventional safety fencing, because of the need to remove and re-instate the ballast.

The distinct advantages of the system are:

  • Simple, safe and fast assembly/disassembly with a simple magnetic attachment to the web of the rail, with no requirement to remove or replace ballast
  • No loose components
  • No tools needed
  • Very fast build time and thus a major saving in working and possession costs
  • Very strong magnet (tensile force up to 600 Kg/N)
  • Easy dismantling with one arm movement
  • The patented Magnetic Safety Barrier is easy to use and will therefore, be used
  • Stanchions and tubes are transported in specially designed transport cradles that are stacked for efficiency
  • Can be used even under freezing circumstances when ballast is frozen or covered with snow
  • The easy way of erecting and dismantling will lead to better working conditions for your employees, thus reducing occupational health related problems
  • Can be used in areas of ‘switches and crossings’ as being attached to the outside of the rail, it does not interfere with moving parts
  • There is no danger to underground signaling cables as is the case with using stakes and ‘netlon fencing’
  • The system does not affect track circuits or axle counters
  • Utilizing GRP handrails it can be used in areas of OLE (Overhead Electric Lines)

RSS system may be used DB-wide

Friday, September 14th, 2012 Uncategorized Comments Off on Deutsche Bahn fully approves RSS safety barrier

Good News for a Change! Magnetic Safety Barrier handrails now in GRP


Dear Sir or Madam,

You mayhave  recently expressed an interest in the European Innovation Awarded RSS Magnetically Attached Safety Barrier sold through ourselves, Innovative Railway Safety Ltd, in GB & Eire.

Indeed, you may have already requested and received a quotation for a specified length of the Safety Barrier, which we hope you are considering purchasing in the near future given the short RoI and the continued Health & Safety of your workforce.

 As you will be aware, at the time of demonstration and quotation, all handrail tubes were made of aluminium, leading some to comment of the potential for ‘re-cycling’ given the culture of metal theft currently in the UK. 


 In compliance with our programme of continuous R & D (*see footnote), we have responded to your comments and developed a Glass Re-enforced Plastic (GRP) handrail, which ultimately is both superior in strength and lighter than the aluminium handrail.  They still have the same patented interlocking mechanism, and in all other respects remain the same accepting that the colour is now BLUE. (or a variety of other permutations on special request)

 The not so good news is that the ‘new’ handrails are a few £0.00 / metre more than the aluminium.


 What could be better news?  No more digging out and replacing ballast, no more lost components, a significant reduction in possession times and a happy, fresh workforce to complete the job you are meant to be doing instead of spending days digging out ballast for erecting, dismantling and replacing/re-tamping ballast, just to provide workforce protective safety barriers as required by Law.  It makes even more sense to buy now as delivery can be scheduled for some months ahead.

 (*We are currently developing our existing and a new range of safety products and signage for the GB & Eire Rail Infrastructure details of which we will provide in due course on receipt of Network Rail Product acceptance).

Monday, September 10th, 2012 Uncategorized Comments Off on Good News for a Change! Magnetic Safety Barrier handrails now in GRP
Innovative Rail & Roof Safety Ltd
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