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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
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
Underway
Research into developing a real-time energy management system to better manage supply and demand of power on electrified routes. 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
Research Project
COF-UOS22-03
End Date: 2024
Underway
Testing the effects of enhanced sand products to reduce the risk of wheel/rail isolation and increase flow rates to improve performance in low… Read More
Research Project
T1329
End Date: 2024
Underway
Do regulations on window box clearance - the gaps between train windows and surrounding structures - match current risks? 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
Underway
Updating the Track Circuit Assistor - Risk Advisor Tool to reflect the current GB passenger fleet and new traction types. 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
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
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
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
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
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Innovation Project
SC04-POB-16
End Date: 2019
Complete
A robust, simple and low-cost solution to deliver improvements in adhesion by delivering a small amount of water to the rails in front of the train in… Read More
Innovation Project
SC04-POB-12
End Date: 2019
Complete
This braking solution uses known technology in a novel way to improve train braking performance, even in low-adhesion conditions. The 'Zero Wheel Slip… Read More
Innovation Project
SC12-TCX-05
End Date: 2019
Complete
Understanding what causes stress for passengers on their Northern rail journeys. Read More
Innovation Project
SC12-TCF-09
End Date: 2019
Complete
WiFi data transmission speeds between trackside and train do not provide sufficient capacity to support the government's commitment to WiFi for all… Read More
Innovation Project
SC04-POB-14
End Date: 2019
Complete
Using plasma technology to clear the residue from railhead, returning the surface to a dry, clean and uncontaminated state with detriment to the rail… Read More
Innovation Project
SC03-REP-01
End Date: 2019
Complete
Construction of a hybrid powered very light rail demonstrator vehicle. Read More
Innovation Project
SC04-POT-14
End Date: 2019
Complete
A new type of high-efficiency hydraulic transmission for diesel powered rail vehicles that enables the recovery of braking energy. Read More
Innovation Project
SC12-TCX-09
End Date: 2018
Complete
Department for Transport 2015 Transport and Disability statistics report 9 per cent of adults as having a mobility difficulty. However, Transport For… Read More
Innovation Project
SC04-POT-16
End Date: 2018
Complete
Use of Flywheel Technology as energy storage to create a hybrid flywheel powertrain to reduce emissions and fuel consumption by recovering braking… Read More
Innovation Project
SC06-ACC-03
End Date: 2018
Complete
The existing passenger assistance process is fundamentally flawed and is preventing disabled passengers from accessing the UK rail network. Read More