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L.B. Foster are excited to be back at this year's Rail Live exhibition

Visitors attending this year’s Rail Live at Long Marston Rail Innovation Centre in Warwickshire will have the opportunity to see and hear more about L.B. Foster’s in-demand PW series hydraulic lubricator, as well as a number of additional rail solutions on our new location - Stand B20.

The PW hydraulic lubricator currently features in a successful pilot installation at London Waterloo station for Network Rail. Its innovative new design includes a vertical lubricant reservoir that means it can be installed trackside, even in restricted spaces such as those experienced at London Waterloo.

The company’s mobile, battery-powered Inform digital customer information totem, equipped with L.B. Foster’s unique Inform Media software, will also be demonstrated at the show. The screens were recently featured on BBC Breakfast, complete with in-screen British Sign Language presenters to help the Deaf community navigate stations and onward travel.

Jonathan Paragreen is General Manager at L.B. Foster Friction Management. He says: “It’s great to be back at Rail Live once again and this year we have some great solutions showcasing our expanding capabilities. Alongside our PW and Inform totem will be our latest improved, next generation MC-5 Gauge Face (GF) Applicator Bar, which is a replacement to the widely used MC-4 GF applicator bar. Combined with L.B. Foster’s patented GREASEGUIDE™, MC-5 bars maximize grease pick-up and carry-down while reducing waste.”

Two live demonstrations will also take place on the stand (B20), focusing on Remote Performance Monitoring and the improvements offered by the new MC-5 Gauge Face Applicator Bar.


10:00am & 1:00pm - Remote Performance Monitoring

Presented by Jackie Butterfield, Lead Applications Engineer

L.B. Foster’s Remote Performance Monitoring (RPM™) system provides immediate, intuitive insight into the operation and performance of friction management assets in the field and… all remotely using our dedicated web portal.

In this live demonstration, our experts will show how the required sensors and hardware can easily be retrofitted to any existing L.B. Foster electric lubricator, top of rail, or traction gel applicator unit in the field. This will be coupled with a real time demonstration of the RPM monitoring portal and its functionality.

Check or be alerted to

  • Consumable level
  • Battery condition
  • Train passes
  • Temperature
  • Lubrication settings

11:00am & 2:00pm - MC-5 Gauge Face Applicator Bars

Presented by Norman Monk, Field Service Specialist

MC-5 is L.B. Foster’s newest design of gauge face grease lubrication bars.

These improved bars are manufactured in aluminium alloy for lightweighting and corrosion resistance and are 40% lighter than the L.B. Foster MC-4 bars. They feature a new manifold design which equalises the flow of grease to each outlet port reducing the risk of bar clogging.

In this live demonstration, our expert team will show the key differences between the MC-4 bars and the new MC-5 bars and how they can be easily fitted to the rails using the existing foot blocks. They will also demonstrate the ease of stripping down the bars for cleaning.

We look forward to seeing you there!