Introduction to Railroad Engineering and Operations
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Increase your skills and competencies while expanding your knowledge of railroad engineering, operations, and management. You will understand:
- Railroad operating fundamentals and management
- Railroad track structure—sub-ballast, ballast, ties, rail
- Railroad engineering—alignment
- Special trackwork
- Signals, crossings, bridges, yards, and facilities
- Freight, inter-city passenger, and transit
- Case studies, examples, and more.
Who Should Attend?
- Railroad employees
- Consultants and contractors
- Local, state, and federal officials
- Engineers and technicians
The September 2021 offering of this course will be offered in four, 4-hour modules in a live online format on:
- Tuesday, September 7th
- Thursday, September 9th
- Tuesday, September 14th
- Thursday, September 16th
from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Central Time.
Details on how to access the course will be sent with registration confirmation. The course is accessed via your internet browser so no special software is required to participate.
Railroad Industry Overview
- Introduction to the world of freight, transit, inter-city passenger, high-speed and other rail.
- History/railroad facts
- Track network
- Train types/car types
- Industry trade groups
- Regulatory agencies
Railroad Operating Fundamentals
- Operating ratio
- Train movements
- Track charts
Learn in detail the importance and standard practices of all aspects of the track structure beginning with the importance of drainage and subballast up to the top-of-rail for a variety of applications and situations.
- Special trackwork: turnouts, frogs, and other
- Design and maintenance characteristics
- Track gauge
- Vertical alignment
- Horizontal alignment
- Track stiffness
- Design Criteria
- Difference between rail and highway, freight and transit
Bridges and Structures
- Bridge types
- Design loadings
- Bridge ratings
- Inspections and FRA 237 Bridge Management
- Block signal systems
- Track circuits
- Aspects and indications
- Positive train control
- Overhead contact systems
- Third rail
- Geometric design
- Warning devices
Jeff Keating, PE is currently a Senior Rail Design Engineer with Lochner in Chicago, Illinois. He has more than 35 years of experience in the design, construction and maintenance of rail transit and railroad projects. He has held senior engineering and project management roles in dozens of transit, rail, and highway projects throughout the United States. He has experience in program management, project management, and quality management.
Michael J. Loehr, PE, is the Global Technology Leader at U.S. Rail & Transit for Jacobs Engineering in Richmond, Virgina. Loehr leads the development of innovative and cost-effective designs for rail and transit practice projects throughout the United States and assists project managers and project teams in response to specific client needs and project requirements. He has more than 36 years of extensive engineering, design, and construction experience on a wide variety of railroad industry projects, including 10 years with Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail), and 26 years of consulting. His expertise and insight have been developed through his work on passenger rail facilities, high speed rail projects, freight rail installations, railway bridges, commercial and industrial sites, and highways. He has worked on projects throughout North America as well as Indonesia, China, Jamaica, and Africa.
Introduction to Railroad Engineering and OperationsCourse #: RA00336
Introduction to Railroad Engineering and OperationsDate: Tue. September 07, 2021 – Thu. September 16, 2021
Fee covers online course materials and instruction.
- CEU: 1.3
- PDH: 13
Introduction to Railroad Engineering and OperationsDate: Tue. October 20, 2020 – Thu. October 29, 2020
Fee includes online instruction and course materials.
- CEU: 1.3
- PDH: 13
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