Canadian Rail Research Laboratory (CaRRL)

The Canadian Rail Research Laboratory (CaRRL) was established on March 1, 2012, to be Canada's premier education and research program in railway engineering. CaRRL is also part of the affiliated lab program of the Association of American Railroads’ Transportation Technology Center, Inc. (AAR-TTCI).

Housed within the University of Alberta's Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, CaRRL offers railway specific courses and features a large dedicated laboratory space inside the Natural Resources Engineering Facility.

Dr. Derek Martin serves as Program Director. He is an internationally renowned expert in geotechnical engineering and the holder of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s Senior Industrial Research Chair for Railway Geomechanics and the Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures Tier One Industry Chair in Railway Geomechanics. Dr. Michael Hendry is the Associate Director of CaRRL and assists with coordinating CaRRL research activities.

Phase 1 (2012-2017) of the CaRRL research program focuses on scientific and technological research to support key Canadian and North American priorities of ground hazards (subgrade) and winter service reliability and capacity.