Vehicle / Track System Interface Committee Adhesion Research Group
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    Vehicle / Track System Interface Committee Adhesion Research Group

    Scope

    The Adhesion Research Group (V/T SIC ARG) exists to:

    • Promote a wider understanding of the fundamental science and engineering behind wheel/rail adhesion and related topics, such as wheel/rail electrical continuity.
    • Ensure a common and system-wide approach to these topics by rolling stock designers, rolling stock operators, rolling stock owners, infrastructure owners, infrastructure maintainers, specialist suppliers, and industry experts.

    The Adhesion Research Group will:

    • Act as a sponsor for the ADHERE research portfolio
    • Track the progress and delivery of endorsed live research portfolio projects and propose scope, remit, timescale or budget adjustments, as necessary
    • Cooperate with the Seasonal Challenge Steering Group and Seasonal Challenge Working Group, to ensure that opportunities for the implementation of successfully delivered research on the running railway are identified and actioned and that ideas for relevant new research stemming from the day to day experiences of rail operators are heard and actively considered

    Message from the chair

    Contamination of the railhead is caused by biological, chemical and physical factors, some of which cannot be easily monitored or controlled. Low adhesion issues arise throughout the year, for instance, caused by moisture, diesel fuel, or grease. V/T SIC ARG promotes understanding of wheel/rail adhesion, train detection and related topics, and ensures a common and system-wide approach to these.  We act as a sponsor for the ADHERE research portfolio and cooperate with the Seasonal Challenge Steering Group and Seasonal Challenge Working Group to implement research on the running railway.

      Membership

      The group's membership includes international members and is made up of the following industry categories:

      • passenger train operators
      • rolling stock owners and leasing companies
      • infrastructure managers and owners
      • suppliers and rolling stock manufacturers
      • academia
      • RSSB.
      Chair of committee: Neil Ovenden , Rail Delivery Group
      RSSB main representative: Daniel Hamm , RSSB
      Other Members
      Company
      Representing
      Other members
      Clive Burrows
      First Rail Holdings Limited
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Paul Gray
      RSSB
      RSSB
      Alan Lawton
      Rail Delivery Group
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Andy Nicholas
      Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems (UK) Ltd
      Suppliers
      Andy Giles
      Met Desk
      Suppliers
      Anup Chalisey
      RSSB
      RSSB
      Brian Boucher
      Alstom Transport UK Ltd
      Manufacturers
      Brian Haddock
      Network Rail Infrastructure Limited
      Infrastructure Manager
      Caitriona Hannon
      Transport For London (TFL)
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Chris Wells
      Railway Braking Associates Limited
      Suppliers
      David Buckley
      Angel Trains Ltd
      Rolling Stock Owner
      Dave Eveleigh
      First Greater Western Limited
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Toby Goodwin
      Transport For London (TFL)
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Jonathan Paragreen
      L. B. Foster Rail Technologies (UK) Ltd
      Suppliers
      Kurt Haselsteiner
      Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems (UK) Ltd
      Suppliers
      Roger Lewis
      The University of Sheffield
      Academia
      Sam Twum-Barima
      Keolis Amey Docklands Limited
      Light Rail
      Sanjay Albert
      Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems (UK) Ltd
      Suppliers
      Simon Green
      First Greater Western Limited
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Rob Cummings
      Northern Trains Limited
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Stuart Brown
      DB ESG
      Suppliers
      Tanya Ball
      LNT Solutions
      Suppliers
      Victoria Chapman
      Met Office
      Suppliers
      David Clarke
      Railway Industry Association (RIA)
      RIA
      Gilbert Rowe
      L D Associates Limited
      Suppliers
      Julian Stow
      University of Huddersfield
      Academia
      Mark Burstow
      Network Rail Infrastructure Limited
      Infrastructure Manager
      Mark Molyneux
      Rail Delivery Group
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Nicola Steele
      First Trenitalia West Coast Rail Ltd
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Paul Allen
      University of Huddersfield
      Academia
      Peter McCreery
      Network Rail Infrastructure Limited
      Infrastructure Manager
      Peter Williams
      First Trenitalia West Coast Rail Ltd
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Richard Neil
      Angel Trains Ltd
      Rolling Stock Owner
      Yunshi Zhao
      CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive Co Ltd
      Suppliers
      John Cooke
      CoCatalyst Ltd.
      Suppliers
      Jackie Butterfield
      L. B. Foster Rail Technologies (UK) Ltd
      Suppliers
      John Doyle
      Irish Rail
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Giulia Lorenzini
      RSSB
      RSSB
      Andry Nykorak
      Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems (UK) Ltd
      Suppliers
      Louis Schmandt
      The Chiltern Railway Company Ltd
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Lauren Rundle
      Transport For London (TFL)
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Liam Purcell
      Ricardo Rail Ltd
      Suppliers
      Daniel Hamm
      RSSB
      RSSB
      Halley Porkess
      SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit Limited
      Suppliers
      Yunshi Zhao
      CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive Co Ltd
      Suppliers
      John Cooke
      CoCatalyst Ltd.
      Suppliers
      Jackie Butterfield
      L. B. Foster Rail Technologies (UK) Ltd
      Suppliers
      Andry Nykorak
      Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems (UK) Ltd
      Suppliers
      Giulia Lorenzini
      RSSB
      RSSB
      Ben Altman
      RSSB
      RSSB
      Andrew Lightoller
      DB ESG
      Suppliers
      Mick Milhinch
      AB Hoses and Fittings Ltd
      Suppliers
      Neil Ovenden
      Rail Delivery Group
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Paul Molyneux-Berry
      SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit Limited
      Suppliers
      John Doyle
      Irish Rail
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Do you need to get in touch with this group?
      Contact our Industry Groups Manager for questions about the next meeting or about vacancies within this group.
      ben altman 2
      Ben Altman
      Tel: 020 3142 5420
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