- Project Dates: From November 2005 to May 2010
- Project Leader: Dr Francis Franklin
- Sponsors: Rail Safety and Standards Board (with AEA Technology Rail)
Everyone has heard the expression ‘leaves on the line’ perhaps thinking it was just an excuse for late running trains. It's actually a real problem, with trains often unable to brake or accelerate normally.NewRail studied low-adhesion leaf films on track and in the laboratory and collaborated with AEAT Rail on a study for RSSB in 2005 and has tested chemical treatments to prevent leaf-film formation and to facilitate removal.