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PWI are now a SPARK knowledge sharing partner.

Full access to SPARK including contributor access is now available to all PWI individual members.


SPARK is ainteractive web tool for the rail industry. SPARK gives you access to a range of publications, provides information on research projects and initiatives and gives pointers to test facilities, centres of expertise and data sources.

Materials are uploaded in SPARK from a wide variety of sources to give you access to the combined wisdom of organisations from across the globe.

SPARK brings a wealth of rail knowledge to your fingertips. At the heart of SPARK is a library covering topics ranging from infrastructure to rolling stock, from operations to system interaction, from human factors to policies and strategies.

Contributor access to SPARK allows you to contribute your own information, meaning you can join a community of professionals working together to share knowledge, reduce duplication and speed up innovation.Contributor access also gives you access to considerably more content in SPARK.

As a contributor you can use SPARK as a shop window for your research, your organisation and your capabilities. This allows you to showcase your expertise in front of a rapidly-expanding global audience of rail professionals, for example:

  • let other SPARK users know if you are engaged in an innovation-related initiative 
  • share a paper or presentation you have written or initiate a discussion on a research idea that you are considering pursing

How do I access SPARK?

If you are interested in contributor access to SPARK please send an email from your work email address to requesting access. We require your work email address to check if your company already has access.  RSSB organisations will already receive elevated permissions. If you don’t have a work email address you may use a personal address. Please use ’PWI member access to SPARK’ in the subject. You should have access within 30 working days.

If you already use SPARK, your permissions will be upgraded. If you do not yet use SPARK. RSSB will pre-register you on SPARK so you have the correct permissions when you do join.   

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Any questions, please send an email to 

Please use 'PWI member access to SPARK' in the subject.