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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
T1329
End Date: 2024
Underway
Do regulations on window box clearance - the gaps between train windows and surrounding structures - match current risks? Read More
Research Project
T1327
End Date: 2024
Complete
Proposing refinements to the W10 and W12 freight gauges, to make them more useable and fit for purpose for operators and wagon builders. Read More
Research Project
T1228
End Date: 2024
Underway
If the rail industry is to make a meaningful contribution to the net zero target, it will need to effectively manage carbon in its supply chains and… Read More
Research Project
T1320
End Date: 2024
Complete
Supporting wider adoption of curtain-sided freight containers on the network through good practice guidance. Read More
Research Project
COF-UOH-76
End Date: 2024
Underway
Testing whether Railway Group Standard traction sand could provide improved adhesion compared to coarser ‘braking’ sand. Read More
Research Project
COF-ASY-02
End Date: 2024
Complete
Using drones to inspect railway bridges and detect defects could deliver cost and safety benefits. Read More
Research Project
T1201
End Date: 2023
Complete
A detailed review of ways to incentivise a transition to lower carbon forms of traction, capital and major refurbishment works. Read More
Research Project
T1315
End Date: 2023
Complete
Enabling the industry to understand if and how safety assurance approaches will need respond to technological developments in rail. Read More
Research Project
COF-UOH-72
End Date: 2023
Complete
New understanding of factors affecting leaf-induced low adhesion at the wheel-rail interface. Read More
Research Project
T1297
End Date: 2023
Complete
The development of information that enables data consumers to make good decisions about data use. Read More
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Research Project
T060a
End Date: 2002
Complete
This project investigated the feasibility of detecting rail flaws and other track faults by acoustically measuring the rolling noise generated by the… Read More
Research Project
T052d
End Date: 2002
Complete
This project addresses the recommendations made by Lord Cullen in his first report on the Ladbroke Grove Rail Inquiry, relating to communication… Read More
Research Project
T049
End Date: 2002
Complete
Examining how a variety of transport maintenance organisations manage competence, highlighting areas for improvement that could improve railway… 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