The Institute of Railway Research provides a range of industrial R&D and consultancy services to the railway industry in the UK and worldwide. We work across many industry sectors from heavy rail to light rail, infrastructure owners to vehicle manufacturers and industry safety bodies and regulators. We often partner with other consultants and other Universities to provide a tailored package of services to meet client’s needs. Our team collectively has over 80 years experience with a track record of meeting client’s needs by providing specialist engineering support. The services we offer include:

  • Railway vehicle dynamic simulation (VAMPIRE, Simpack, etc.)
  • Wheel-rail interface engineering and asset management
  • Laboratory, on-vehicle and on-track testing
  • Development of evidence based safety and maintenance standards
  • Wheel-rail interface design assurance for new systems
  • Investigation of wheel and rail defects and problem solving on vehicle fleets
  • Derailment investigation
  • Integrated engineering and economic modelling
  • Supporting fleet specification, procurement and approval
  • Development of condition monitoring and inspection systems
  • Training and staff development

Our clients include Network Rail, the Rail Safety and Standards Board, Transport for London, TATA Steel, Arup, Siemens, Balfour Beatty, Lloyds Register Rail, and Freightliner.

If you would like to know more about the services we provide, or think we may be able to help your business, please contact Julian Stow or Adam Bevan from our management team to discuss your requirements.

Management team


Mr Julian Stow

Assistant Director - Principal Enterprise Fellow | 01484 473021


Dr Adam Bevan

Head of Enterprise - Principal Enterprise Fellow | 01484 473077