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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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T1332
End Date: 2025
Underway
How mobile phones can help drivers in their tasks, and the requirements these devices will need to meet. Read More
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COF-UOH-80
End Date: 2025
Underway
Understanding the combined influence of wheel slide protection system settings and contact conditions on the initiation of rail squat defects. Read More
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T1330
End Date: 2025
Underway
Potential benefits and use cases for fitting sensors on rolling stock and making use of the data. Read More
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T1279
End Date: 2025
Underway
Establishing bespoke pass and fail thresholds for assessing the severity of colour vision deficiency in mainline train drivers, with respect to their… Read More
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COF-HTT-01
End Date: 2024
Underway
Finding common approaches to wheel-rail interfaces for new tram-train services, aiming to cut costs and reduce uncertainty. Read More
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COF-UOH-78
End Date: 2024
Underway
Helping industry to detect wagon defects using Wheel Impact Load Detector data, by automating and reporting the data analytics. Read More
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COF-G24-02
End Date: 2024
Underway
Developing and evaluating enzyme treatments for breaking down the black layer of leaf film that causes low adhesion on the railhead. Read More
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COF-UOH-79
End Date: 2024
Underway
Understanding the effect of leaf type and condition, and environmental and operational factors, on the bonding strength of the black leaf film that… Read More
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T1326
End Date: 2024
Underway
Understanding how the introduction of assisted braking and door operation changes the operational profile of the railway. Read More
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T1278
End Date: 2024
Underway
The first industry-wide survey to understand musculoskeletal disorders in front-line staff. Read More
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Innovation Project
SC04-POT-07
End Date: 2016
Complete
We need alternative forms of train power to diesel for areas where electrification cannot be justified. Read More
Innovation Project
SC04-POT-09
End Date: 2016
Complete
We need alternative forms of train power (diesel) for areas where electrification cannot be justified. Read More
Innovation Project
SC04-POT-01
End Date: 2016
Complete
Feasibility study to develop a concept design and establish the merits of a Fuel Cell Electric Multiple Unit (FCEMU). Read More
Innovation Project
SC04-POT-03
End Date: 2016
Complete
Construction of a diesel‐electric hybrid power‐pack for efficient self-powered rail vehicles.  Read More
Innovation Project
SC06-FTD-02
End Date: 2001
Complete
We need to respond to significant congestion in stations, particularly at gate-lines, which can lead to safety and crowd control issues as well as… Read More