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Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit

Published in Association with Institution of Mechanical Engineers

eISSN: 20413017 | ISSN: 09544097 | Current volume: 238 | Current issue: 5 Frequency: 10 Times/Year


The Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit is devoted to engineering in its widest interpretation applicable to rail and rapid transit. The Journal aims to promote sharing of technical knowledge, ideas and experience between engineers and researchers working in the railway field.

"The IMechE was founded by George Stephenson in 1847 and Part F of the Proceedings (the Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit) aims to continue the strong tradition of informing railway engineers of innovative concepts and advances in knowledge as well as examples of practical developments and applications. Basic research with potential rail applications is also included in the Journal's scope." Professor Simon Iwnicki - Huddersfield University, UK

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The Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit publishes peer-reviewed articles devoted to all engineering disciplines applied to rail and rapid transit. It provides a continuing means of sharing technical knowledge, ideas and developments between industry and academia.


The Journal seeks to encompass innovative concepts, advances in analytical methods, and examples of actual developmental work. Basic research with identified rail applications is included in the Journal's scope.

The scope extends to all aspects of trailway science and engineering including:






  • Motive power, traction and rolling stock;
  • Passenger and freight;
  • Mainline and suburban railways;
  • Light rail / urban transit;
  • Metros;
  • Maglev;
  • Track systems;
  • Interaction of vehicles with the infrastructure and the environment;
  • System infrastructure and interfaces;
  • Inter and multi-modal transport;
  • Human factors;
  • Command and control;
  • Reliability and safety;
  • Inspection and maintenance;
  • Customer interfaces;
  • Data and the digital railway;
  • Railway engineering trends.



S D Iwnicki Huddersfield University, UK
Associate Editors
S Bruni Politecnico di Milano, Italy
M Carnevale Università degli Studi di Pavia, Italy
C Casanueva KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
K Oldknow Simon Fraser University, Canada
W Powrie University of Southampton, UK
M Spiryagin Central Queensland University, Australia
Editorial Board
J D Andrews The University of Nottingham, UK
C Baker University of Birmingham , UK
A Broadbent Hitachi Europe Ltd., UK
M Burstow Network Rail, UK
D Cadet Alstom-Transport, France
Y Chen Zhejiang University, China
C Cole Central Queensland University, Australia
D Connolly Heriot-Watt University, UK
M Esmaeili Iran University of Science and Technology, Iran
David Fletcher University of Sheffield, UK
R Fröhling Transnet Freight Rail, South Africa
A Haigermoser Siemens AG Österreich, Austria
D Hill University of New York, USA
S Hillmansen University of Birmingham , UK
Stasha Jovanovic University of Belgrade, Serbia
A Kapoor Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
S Koizumi Sumitomo Metal Industries Ltd., Japan
K Lee Korea Railroad Research Institute, Korea
R Licciardello Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy
R Lundén Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
M. Rosário M. R. Macário Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
E Magel National Research Council, Canada
A Mills Rail Safety and Standards Board, UK
A Orlova St. Petersburg State Transport University, Russia
M Petkova Crossrail, UK
O Polach Independent consultant, Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Switzerland
M Roney Canadian Pacific Railway, Canada
Conrad Ruppert University of Illinois, USA
A A Shabana University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Maggie Simpson Rail Freight Group, UK
M Sitarz University of Dabrowa Górnicza, Poland
Klaus Six Virtual Vehicle, Austria
D J Thompson University of Southampton, UK
T Tomioka Meijo University, Japan
J Tunna Independent Consultant, USA
J Vinolas Nebrija University, Spain
N S Vyas Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India
Chris Ward Rail Accident Investigation Branch, UK
W Zhai Southwest Jiaotong University, China
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