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Research Cluster Railway Systems

A new research initiative in Graz is on track: the Research Cluster Railway Systems is a cooperation of TU Graz with ÖBB, Siemens, voestalpine and Virtual Vehicle.

With a focus on rail vehicle technology, rail infrastructure and rail operations, specialist expertise is bundled in order to increase the competitiveness of the rail system through sustainable overall system optimization; this is achieved in particular by using the technological possibilities of digital transformation.


  • Interdisciplinary research cluster in the field of rail vehicle technology, rail infrastructure and rail operations with a focus on overall synergy potentials
  • Bundling of technical expertise on railway available in the area of TU Graz in the faculties of Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering in combination with the departments computer science / information technology / measurement technology and the Virtual Vehicle Research GmbH
  • Realization of future-oriented research in the areas of vehicle technology, rail infrastructure and operations management using the technological possibilities of digital transformation
  • Interdisciplinary training platform for the next generation of engineers for the rail technology of tomorrow
  • Accredited testing, inspection and simulation facilities for the validation compliant with rail specific standards and specifications

Technical Goals

  • Digitization in the railway system
  • Technology & method development
  • Modeling & simulation
  • Validation & test
  • Operation & service
  • Overall understanding of the rail system
  • Development of new products, manufacturing processes and services


Opportunity – Connected –Fairness – Excellence – Teamwork –Inclusiveness


RCRS Research Cluster Railway Systems
c/o Graz University of Technology
Rechbauerstraße 12
8010 Graz

Contact Person TU Graz
Univ.-Prof. DI Dr. Horst BISCHOF
(Overall coordination)

Contact Person Virtual Vehicle Research GmbH

Contact Person ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG
DI Dr. Michael WALTER
(Route management and infrastructure development)

Contact Person SIEMENS Mobility GmbH
DI Dr. Stefan ERLACH
(Vice President Bogies)

Contact Person voestalpine Railway Systems
(Chief Technology Officer)

Cooperation Partners

  • ÖBB
  • Siemens
  • voestalpine
  • virtual vehicle
  • TU Graz