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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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Applied filters: Complete (x) Underway (x) In Preparation (x) Safety (x) Capacity (x) Customer (x) Cost (x) Sustainability (x) Other - Safety and risk (x) Attitudes and behaviour (x) Wheel-rail interface (x) Risk models (x) Sustainable development (x) Customer services for passengers (x) Train design - Components (x) Infrastructure asset management (x) Health and wellbeing (x) Commercial dynamics of transport (x) Other - Policy and decision making (x) Vehicle track dynamics (x) Station design (x) Movement of trains (x) Adaptation to climate change (x) Human performance (x) Culture (x) Track design and components (x) Adhesion (x) Whole system design and modelling (x) Train design - Structure and crashworthiness (x) Selection and training (x) Operation of road-rail interfaces including level crossings (x) Data and communications systems (x) Human reliability (x) Traffic supervision and management (x) Rolling stock maintenance (x) Other - Energy and electrification (x) Power supply (x) Job design (x) Braking systems (x) Customer services for freight (x) Security management (x) Structures (x) Railways Interoperability (x) Other - Rolling stock (x) Other - Control command and communication (x) Equipment workplace and environmental design (x) Other - Infrastructure (x) Future technologies (x) Other - Operations (x) Rolling stock testing (x) Social dynamics of transport (x) Value from data (x) Stations management and passenger flow (x) Rolling stock asset management (x) Rolling stock condition monitoring and inspection (x) Operational Safety (x) Energy collection systems (x) Rolling stock passenger comfort (x) Other - People behaviour and health (x) Aerodynamics (x) Overhead line equipment (x) Control and display systems (x) Movement authorities and signalling systems (x) Accident investigation and learning (x) Other - Interfaces (x) Safety data analysis (x) Rail Standardisation (x) Revenue and ticketing (x) Safety data collection (x) Safety decision support (x) Education and competence (x) Rolling stock fire performance (x) Smart grids and energy harvesting (x) On board power supplies and monitoring (x) Electrical safety (x) Signalling - Train detection systems (x) Rolling stock interiors (x) CCC asset management (x) Signalling - Train protection systems (x) Derailment (x) Keeping on-track staff safe (x) Signalling - People protection and warning systems including level crossings (x) CCC system integration and life cycle management (x) Gauging (x) Human Factors in event reporting (x) Energy metering and billing (x) ADHERE (x) PERFORM (x) DECARB (x) CLEAR (x) FREIGHT (x) RESILIENT (x) Clear date filter (x)

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Research Project
T054
End Date: 2002
Complete
This project conducted an independent review of a prototype railhead cleaning system called 'Laserthor', which uses lasers to remove railhead… Read More
Research Project
T060n
End Date: 2002
Complete
The criteria against which wheelsets are managed have been established over very many years, some going back 50 years. This research conducts a review… Read More
Research Project
T060k
End Date: 2002
Complete
Automatic vehicle identification (AVI) systems could enhance the value of condition monitoring equipment now employed extensively on the GB railway.… Read More
Research Project
T091
End Date: 2002
Complete
This project identified the train parameters required to enable the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) to understand the physical… Read More
Research Project
T060h
End Date: 2002
Complete
Safe and cost-effective operation of the railway system requires that vehicles do not impart excessive vertical forces to the track. This research… Read More
Research Project
T060f
End Date: 2002
Complete
This project reviewed the recommendations from previous ARUP/Transport Technology Center Inc research regarding hollow wear limits and false flange… Read More
Research Project
T040
End Date: 2002
Complete
Assessing the attitudes of the British Transport Police and staff in key industry sectors to railway crime and its solutions. Comparing these… Read More
Research Project
T039
End Date: 2002
Complete
Understanding the size of the growing problem of assaults on railway staff, and identifying measures to counteract it. Read More
Research Project
T042
End Date: 2002
Complete
This project assessed the feasibility of using global positioning systems for train control. Deployment of this technology is a significantly cheaper… Read More
Research Project
T060e
End Date: 2002
Complete
There are nine wheel tread profiles that are accepted for use on Network Rail controlled infrastructure. This research aims to review the historic and… Read More
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COF-MLD-05
End Date: 2026
Underway
This study aims to understand the uncertainty in people’s perceptions of rail transit experience and investigate how these uncertainties impact… Read More
Research Project
COF-MLD-04
End Date: 2026
Underway
A framework for capturing and assessing customer feedback in the rail industry to help understand passenger experience in greater depth. Read More
Research Project
COF-UOS-06
End Date: 2026
Underway
A PhD studentship looking at how contaminated rail conditions change with the weather, as well as how contamination develops and the linked changes to… Read More
Research Project
COF-MLD-03
End Date: 2025
Underway
A PhD studentship to explore how digital systems for late technology adopting passengers can be improved or adapted, in order to overcome barriers. Read More
Research Project
T1318
End Date: 2025
Underway
Developing a validated model capable of predicting the growth of rolling contact damage on GB railways. Read More
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COF-UOS-05
End Date: 2025
Underway
A PhD studentship to improve understanding of low adhesion friction in transience, and develop an on-train prediction system. Read More
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T1314
End Date: 2025
Underway
A seat comfort specification to include seat parameters assessing comfort for trains that are in motion. Read More
Research Project
T1316
End Date: 2025
Underway
Research in response to Recommendation 12 of the RAIB Rail Accident Report into the derailment of a passenger train at Carmont, Aberdeenshire on 12… Read More
Research Project
COF-IAT-01
End Date: 2025
Underway
A PhD to investigate the use of advanced technologies, such as digital twins, to reduce the risks involved in compatibility assurance and approval,… Read More
Research Project
T1325
End Date: 2025
Underway
A set of tools and guidance to align carbon data and accounting across the rail industry and its supply chain. Read More
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Innovation Project
SC12-TCX-07
End Date: 2018
Complete
We are addressing incidents at the Platform Train Interface (PTI), specifically tackling safety and security. The Interactive Platform Simulator is… Read More
Innovation Project
SC12-TCF-04
End Date: 2018
Complete
There is a lack of accurate information in relation to boarding and alighting. Staff and customers could access more information about services in… Read More
Innovation Project
SC12-TCF-08
End Date: 2017
Complete
Train Operating Companies commonly score less highly in the National Rail Passenger Survey (NRPS) for how disruption is handled and information is… Read More
Innovation Project
SC12-TCF-10
End Date: 2017
Complete
GPS data sources already exist on a large number of trains. However, this data may be in different formats, is not gathered in real-time and is not… Read More
Innovation Project
SC12-TCF-05
End Date: 2017
Complete
The rail industry faces a tough challenge in improving operational performance and punctuality (industry PPM MAA steadily declined from 91.6% in March… Read More
Innovation Project
SC12-TCF-06
End Date: 2017
Complete
Ticketing is still offered to customers in formats such as paper tickets and barcode. Customers are increasingly demanding greater convenience. Read More
Innovation Project
SC12-TCF-03
End Date: 2017
Complete
Customers are currently given limited information about how busy each carriage is on a train, making it difficult to know where to board. Read More
Innovation Project
SC12-TCF-07
End Date: 2017
Complete
WiFi is becoming more prominent on rail services, but there is a limited understanding of the capabilities it can enable and changes in behaviour we… Read More
Innovation Project
SC04-IPU-01
End Date: 2016
Complete
Battery powered EMU which ran in passenger service in 2015. Read More
Innovation Project
SC04-POB-04
End Date: 2016
Complete
Consistent Rail Head Conditioning System through the use of an intelligent rail head conditioning unit. In times of slip the conditioning unit will… Read More