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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.

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Research Project
T1266
End Date: 2022
Complete
Understanding the impacts and cost to industry of using default Lambda braking values for freight trains, compared to values that accurately reflect… Read More
Research Project
T1256
End Date: 2022
Complete
Redefining the relationship between coupler strength and permitted trailing load, to enable the rail freight industry to unlock additional capacity. 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
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
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
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
T1320
End Date: 2024
Complete
Supporting wider adoption of curtain-sided freight containers on the network through good practice guidance. Read More
Research Project
T1302
End Date: 2023
Complete
New findings enable longer freight trains through a better understanding of locomotive tractive effort and their impact on trailing load limits. This… Read More
Research Project
T1263
End Date: 2023
Complete
Developing guidance on pathing and regulation decisions for freight services that reduce fuel consumption and emissions. Read More
Research Project
T1267
End Date: 2023
Complete
Investigating proactive monitoring and management of axle bearings through Dynamic Frequency Analysis (DFA) of noise and vibration. Read More
Research Project
T1264
End Date: 2022
Complete
The review considered costs and benefits of introducing digital automatic coupling on the GB rail network, to inform future decisions. Read More
Research Project
T1265
End Date: 2022
Complete
Confirm the feasibility and establish a foundation plan to progress towards a proof-of-concept for a Heavy Axle Weight (HAW) Infrastructure… Read More
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