Portrait of Dr Gareth Tucker Dr Gareth Tucker

g.j.tucker@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472976



Gareth joined the Institute of Railway Research (IRR) as a Principal Industry Fellow in May 2016.  Gareth is a specialist in vehicle-track interaction and additionally has a wide ranging experience of railway engineering including rolling stock, infrastructure and system engineering.

From October 2011 to April 2016 Gareth was a Vehicle Track Interface Engineer at the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB).  This role included:

  • Acting as Technical Lead for a range of standards and research project in the topics of vehicle track interaction, train audibility and visibility, sanding (for improved adhesion during braking) and Remote Condition Monitoring (RCM). 
  • Liaising with a wide range of contacts around the rail industry in order to gain input to research and standards projects and communicate the results of projects.
  • Membership of various cross industry committees including the Cross Industry RCM Strategy Group and the Cross Industry Freight Train Derailment Working Group. 
  • Representing GB as a member of a European Committee for Standardisation working group (CEN TC256 WG10) that writes European Standards covering the topic of vehicle track interface; Gareth has continued to be a member of this group since joining IRR.

Gareth has been working in rail since 2003, including previous roles at Network Rail, Interfleet Technology and London Underground.

Gareth completed a PhD at the Future Rail Research Centre in Imperial college in March 2009 with the thesis: ‘Can the whole life cost of railway track be reduced through the effective management of tangential wheel-rail loading?’.  This involved the use of simulation to investigate various active and passive steering bogies and assessing the ‘track friendliness’ using the ‘Vehicle Track Interaction Strategic Model’ (VTISM), a software tool developed by RSSB.

During his time at Imperial Gareth also took part in an academic exchange with Tokyo Institute of Technology and spent 3 months living and working in Japan where he had a wide exposure to the Japanese railways.

Research and Scholarship

Gareth is working in the IRR-RSSB Strategic Partnership.

His main research interests are train suspension design, wheel-rail contact, track degradation modelling, economic impact of engineering change, safety against derailment, remote condition monitoring and asset management.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Bevan, A., Jaiswal, J. and Tucker, G. (2017) ‘Deployment of Available Rail Steels to Reduce Life Cycle Costs’. In: 6th Rail Research UK Association Annual Conference, 16th November 2017, London


Eickhoff, B., Mazzola, L., Bezin, Y., Tucker, G., Stradtmann, H., Haigermoser, A., Chollet, H. and Landais, J. (2015) ‘Track loading limits and cross-acceptance of vehicle approvalsProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit , 229 (6), pp. 710-728. ISSN 0954-4097


  • Gareth is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. 
  • He is chairman of the British Standards Institute (BSi) mirror group for European standards on vehicle-track interface, and also represents GB on a European working group that writes EN standards on vehicle-track interface.
  • He has represented GB on the International Union of Railways/Union Union Internationale des Chemins de fer (UIC) Train-Track Interaction group
  • He has previously been a member of the Department for Transport, Scientific Advisory Board to help develop GB transport strategy.
  • He has prepared and delivered a training course on vehicle track interaction on behalf of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.
  • He is a reviewer for Proceedings of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, and Frontiers in Transportation and Transit Systems
  • He has chaired session at the IET RCM conference in 2012 and 2014.
  • He was involved a large European collaborative research project: Dynotrain

Research Degree Supervision

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Enterprise Activities

Gareth has previous experience of working in consultancy with a range of clients across the rail industry.

Teaching and Professional Activities

Gareth has previous experience of developing and delivering a course on vehicle dynamics on behalf of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Gareth has also previously taught undergraduate courses at Imperial College on Applied Maths, Finite Element Analysis, Matlab and Mechanics of Materials.