Train Control Systems Engineering

Module Title - Train Control Systems Engineering
Number of credits - 10

Module description 

The module starts with a discussion of the basic principles required to design railway control systems and railway signalling installations, including issues such as braking distance, block operation, route setting, failsafe principles and the mathematical theories of safe software design etc. Interlocking design, automatic train control (ATP and ATO) and moving block systems are also covered.

It then covers the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) and its ATP component, the European Train Control System (ETCS). The speakers also cover the practical implementation of signalling principles, as well as signalling maintenance and EMC issues. Modelling of signalling systems and the simulation of simple railway networks are introduced through lectures and practical activities.

The module is managed by the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Birmingham but features many lecturers from the railway signalling industry.