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Research Catalogue

Welcome to the RSSB research catalogue. The catalogue contains all projects from the 20+ years of the RSSB rail research programme. Please be mindful of the publication date when accessing findings and guidance.

Search by entering a title, keyword(s) or project reference number below (e.g. "wayfinding" or T1010 or COF-INP-05) or use the filters to narrow down options.

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Research Project
T1300
End Date: 2024
Underway
Equipping the industry with a scientific approach to assessing and quantifying the impact of heavier axle weight vehicles on a route-level basis. Read More
Research Project
COF-UOH-77
End Date: 2024
Underway
To design and implement an automatic/semi-automatic method for updating the berth-to-signal mapping, enhancing the accuracy and efficiency of the… Read More
Research Project
T1270
End Date: 2024
Complete
Research into developing a real-time energy management system to better manage supply and demand of power on electrified routes. Read More
Research Project
T1262
End Date: 2024
Complete
Reviewing existing instructions and practices used during driver-controlled operation, and using this evidence base to identify safe and efficient… Read More
Research Project
COF-FTT
End Date: 2024
Underway
Identifying opportunities to improve successful deployment of innovations, while decreasing the time and efforts put into testing. Read More
Research Project
COF-G26-01
End Date: 2024
Complete
Exploring the automation of interface processes between Traffic Management and Crew & Stock Systems. Read More
Research Project
T1272
End Date: 2024
Complete
Finding the right level of standardisation to cut costs, increase long term flexibility, and ensure safety. Read More
Research Project
T1321
End Date: 2024
Underway
Developing good practice guidance to optimise the practice of securing freight wagons and avoid drag-brake and runaway events. Read More
Research Project
T1319
End Date: 2024
Complete
Research into how standards governing route knowledge will need to change as ETCS is rolled out across GB rail. Read More
Research Project
IMP-ADA
End Date: 2024
Underway
Developing and testing a proof-of-concept software solution to standardise and automate the attribution of reactionary delays. Read More
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Research Project
T1301
End Date: 2024
Underway
A review of current sectional running times against freight train capabilities to determine whether capacity benefits can be gained. Read More
Research Project
T1259
End Date: 2024
Underway
Research to develop and pilot a performance measurement system that will collect agreed health indicators and trial reporting, benchmarking, and… Read More
Research Project
IMP-T579
End Date: 2024
Complete
Updating the Track Circuit Assistor - Risk Advisor Tool to reflect the current GB passenger fleet and new traction types. Read More
Research Project
COF-ECO-15
End Date: 2024
Underway
Looking at the impact of opening new through stations on demand on exisiting lines, to improve demand forecasting. Read More
Research Project
COF-UOH-74
End Date: 2024
Underway
Developing a version of the LABRADOR low adhesion train braking simulation software that is capable of running in real time. Read More
Research Project
T1303 / COF-ARF
End Date: 2024
Underway
Assessing aerodynamic risk from freight trains, to identify whether and how freight train speeds above 75 mph could be accommodated. Read More
Research Project
T1280
End Date: 2024
Underway
A review of the effectiveness of operators’ policies on the unauthorised presence of mobile smart devices in the driver's cab. Read More
Research Project
COF-UOS22-02
End Date: 2024
Complete
AI could help deliver earlier warnings of low adhesion conditions, helping staff make better, more evidence-based decisions about mitigation. Read More
Research Project
T1324
End Date: 2024
Underway
Developing guidance for duty holders and occupational health specialists on how to meet requirements set out in medical standards. Read More
Research Project
T1300
End Date: 2024
Underway
Equipping the industry with a scientific approach to assessing and quantifying the impact of heavier axle weight vehicles on a route-level basis. Read More
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Innovation Project
I01-CLR-06
End Date: 2023
Complete
Enabling electronic Very Short-Term Planning (VSTP) requests, to improve efficiency and streamline communication. Read More
Innovation Project
SC04-POT-17
End Date: 2021
Underway
G‐volution’s technology permits existing engines to be evolved to dual‐fuel powertrains without needing significant rebuilding of the vehicle. Read More
Innovation Project
I01-CLR-05
End Date: 2021
Complete
Applying machine learning from historical events and the current state of the railway to generate and validate new Very Short-Term Planning (VSTP)… Read More
Innovation Project
I01-CLR-04
End Date: 2021
Complete
Identification of unused train paths for use by freight services as part of the Very Short-Term Planning (VSTP) system. Read More
Innovation Project
SC04-VLR-01
End Date: 2021
Underway
Construction of a hybrid powered very light rail demonstrator vehicle. Read More
Innovation Project
I12-TCV-02
End Date: 2020
Complete
Real-time performance measurement tool enabling the visualisation of service performance and passenger impact at an unpreceded level. Read More
Innovation Project
SC04-POB-13
End Date: 2020
Complete
The project will create an advanced braking control system which optimises the braking performance of the existing friction and dynamic braking. It… Read More
Innovation Project
SC12-TCF-14
End Date: 2019
Complete
There are opportunities to improve the customer experience through improved tracking of passenger numbers. Read More
Innovation Project
SC12-TCX-04
End Date: 2019
Complete
The configuration of ticket gatelines can result in unnecessary queueing and potential overcrowding. Read More
Innovation Project
SC04-POB-15
End Date: 2019
Complete
Cryogenic (dry ice) cleaning effectively removes oxide and leaf contamination from rail. This novel technology fires cryogenic pellets at the… Read More