Railway Infrastructure and Track Systems

Module Title - Railway Infrastructure and Track Systems
Number of credits - 10

Module description 

The infrastructure module is designed to teach participants all aspects of the railway infrastructure, from earthworks, structures and tunnels through to conventional ballasted track and slab track systems.

Railway alignment design issues are discussed in detail, as are issues relating to the rolling contact behaviour of the wheel-rail interface, acoustics, station and tunnel systems. Industry-based speakers address the topics of station design, station systems and tunnel services.

The lecturers on the module also address issues such as environmental impact assessment, structure gauging and track maintenance. The module is offered by the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Birmingham with considerable contributions from the railway industry.