Railway Research


Train SimulatorResearch and knowledge transfer is cruicial to improve the speed, safety, resilience, sustainability, operations and management of railways across the system.

We seek to translate our findings to tangible improvements and impacts on railways. Our integrated research and consultancy approach provides solutions to grand system-wide challenges as well as at component level and sub-system level.

We take a system-wide view of railways, researching in all aspects of railway technology and operation and have built a world-class reputation in the following areas:

  • High speed railways
  • Traffic management and operations simulation
  • Power and energy
  • Railway data integration
  • Climate change resilience and extreme weather response
  • Smart conditioning monitoring 
  • Railway aerodynamics 

There has never been a better time to be in the railway industry and a railway engineering degree will give competitive edge in launching your career in this diverse industry. - Professor Felix Schmid, Director of Education, Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education