British Rail Research​

British Rail Research was recognised internationally as one of the world’s leading centres of railway expertise. Its research, dating from the 1960s to 1990s, developed much of the knowledge still in use today and indeed, many of its outputs can still be found used on British and worldwide railway networks.

From fundamental research, to problem solving and development of equipment, British Rail Research addressed a wide range of topics including: traction, rolling stock and its subsystems; infrastructure and its maintenance; interfaces and interactions; signalling and train control; and cross-cutting topics such as materials development. Its expertise covered every area of railway operation.

SPARK is happy to be able to make the majority of these 8000 pioneering reports available widely. They are being added gradually.

Top 500

A selection of the top 500 most influential British Rail Research reports have been identified.

Top 500 BRR Reports.