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Railroad Track Inspection and Safety Standards

Availability Status: Registration/Request

  • Created: Tuesday September 1st, 2015
  • Source: Center for Transportation Research
  • Location: Chattanooga, TN
  • Topic: Engineering, Road
  • Sub-Topic: Highway-rail Grade Crossings
  • Training Format: Instructor-led training
  • Event Begins: 11/02/2015
  • Event Ends: 11/06/2015
  • Duration: 5 Days

Description/Learning Outcomes:

Track is the foundation of the railroad’s physical plant. Although railroad track components are relatively simple in concept, they interact in a complex fashion to form a system capable of withstanding the extremely large forces applied by rail vehicles. Safe and reliable train operations rely upon the track system remaining within established specifications. Because the combined effects of traffic and environment degrade track, regular inspection is essential to identify defects and initiate remedial action before problems develop. This course describes track defects and acceptable corrective actions, presents a recommended methodology for conducting inspections, and discusses in depth the Federal Track Safety Standards in 49 CFR, Part 213.

Objectives and Benefits, in this class, you will learn how to organize, conduct, and document track inspections;
learn how to measure track parameters;
develop a clear understanding of the Federal Track Safety Standards and the FRA track inspection process; and
learn how to use inspection results to identify track maintenance needs and plan maintenance activities.
This course is the only comprehensive course on track inspection providing sufficient time to discuss this complex subject in detail and to demonstrate the measurement techniques needed. Hundreds of attendees through the years have increased their understanding of the track inspection process as a result of this class.

Who Should Attend
Track inspection personnel from shortline, regional, and Class I railroads; railroad contractors and consultants; state and local government officials associated with railroad operation, finance, and regulation; and railway engineers have all benefited from attending this workshop

(8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time)
Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
4121 Cromwell Road
Chattanooga, TN 37421
Tel: 865-974-5255 for directions