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Railway Technologies Laboratory

The Railway Technologies Lab's mission is to explore and help implement technologies that will enable the U.S. railroad companies to become more efficient and competitive in their day-to-day operation.

The Railway Technologies Lab (RTL) at Virginia Tech was established in 2004 as an Association of American Railroads (AAR) affiliated laboratory. Prior to 2004, rail dynamics activities were performed at Virginia Tech in the Advanced Vehicle Dynamics Laboratory (AVDL). Dr. Mehdi Ahmadian, professor of Mechanical Engineering, became the director of RTL in 2004. RTL is currently part of the Center for Vehicle Systems and Safety (CVeSS) at Virginia Tech.




The Railway Technologies Laboratory is housed in a modern facility in Blacksburg, minutes away from Virginia Tech's main campus. Existing RTL laboratory equipment allows state-of-the-art research in rail vehicle dynamics, railway component design and developement, and analytical evaluation of various systems for rail applications.