Research Design and Standards Organisation(RDSO) : Lucknow

Research Design and Standards Organization (Compact RDSO, Research and Standards Organization) is an ISO 9001 R & D organization under the Ministry of Railways, India, which serves as the Technical Advisor and Advisor for the Railway Board, Zonal Railway. With respect to the problems related to railway production units, RITES and IRCON International, the design and standardization of railway equipment and railway construction, operation and maintenance.


The Indian Railway Conference Association (IRCA) was established in 1903 to implement standardization and coordination among the various railway systems in British India. After this the design was developed in 1930 to establish the Central Standard Office (CSO). , Standards and specifications. However, till independence in 1947, most of the design and construction of railway equipment was assigned to foreign advisers. After independence, a new organization called Railway Testing and Research Center (RTRC) was established in Lucknow in 1952, for a thorough examination of the problems of railway, providing basic criteria and new concepts for testing prototype, prototype Helping in testing and generally finding solutions to specific problems. In 1957, the Central Standard Office (CSO) and Railway Testing and Research Center (RTRC) were designated under the Ministry of Railways in a design unit, which is the headquarters in the Standard Town, Lucknow. Status of RDSO was changed from "Attached Office" to "Zonal Railway" on January 1, 2003, so that it could promote greater flexibility and research and development activities.


The RDSO is headed by a Director General who ranks as the General Manager of a Zonal Railway. Current Director General M. Hussein. DG is assisted by an Additional Director General and 23 Senior Executive Directors and Executive Directors, who are in charge of 27 Directorate: Bridges and Structures, Center for Advanced Maintenance Technology (CAMTECH), Carriage, Geotechnical Engineering, Testing, Track Design, Medical , EMU and power supply, engine development, finance and accounting, telecommunications, quality assurance, personnel, works, psycho-tech Research, Signal, Wagon Design, Electric Locomotive, Store, Track Machine and Monitoring, Traction Installation, Energy Management, Traffic, Metallurgy and Chemicals, Motivational Power and Library and Publications. Except defense research, all the directorates are located in Lucknow.


Developing a new CrashWord Design of 4500 HP WDG4 Locomotive, incorporates new technology to improve dynamic braking and to get new fuel savings.

Driver's vigilance development of telemetric control system which measures and analyzes the differences in biometric parameters directly to determine the driver's vigilance status.

Development of the train collision avoidance system (TCAS)

Development of Computer Aided Drivers Aptitude Test Devices for Screening of High Speed ‚Äč‚ÄčTrain Drivers for Capital / Shatabdi Express Trains To evaluate their response times, formatting, vigilance and speed expectancy.

Assessment of residual fatigue life of important railway components such as rail, rail weld, wheels, cylinder head, OHE mast, container wire, contact wire, wagon components, low components etc. to prepare remedial work.

Modification of the specification of Electric Lifting Barrier for improving its strength and reliability

Design and development of modern fault tolerant, unsuccessful, secure, retainer-friendly electronic interlocking system

To eliminate the current generator car of the poor Rath Express trains, the development of 4500 HP Hotel Load Locomotive for providing clean and noiseless power supply from the locomotive to the coaches.

Field Trial conducted for Electric Locomotive Hawling Capital / Shatabdi Express trains with Head on Generation (HOG) system to provide clean and noiseless power supply to end on coaches.

Development of WiMax technology to provide internet facility to passengers in moving trains

Design and development of ballastless track with indigenous fastening system (BLT-IFS)

Design and Development of Rail Free Fasting (RFF) for the Girder Bridge.

Design and Development of Wider Pre-Stress Concrete Sleeper

Major achievements

Design and development of high toe load fastening system, ERC Mark-V

Development of concrete sleeper and allied components with source development.

Development of newly designed double-decker coach in Indian Railways.

Development of improved AT welding technology with single shot crucible, auto-thimbable and 3-piece mold.

Design and development of first emission test car (ETC) to test diesel locomotive emissions