Introduction to Railroad Engineering and OperationsSee upcoming dates
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
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.
Dave is the Program Director for the University of Wisconsin–Madison Railroad Engineering and Operations Program. The program consists of 12 courses conducted annually on topics ranging from introduction to railroad engineering and operations to signaling, bridges, crossings, and traction power.
Mark recently retired after more than 30 years with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Working for WisDOT Mark’s job duties have included designing highways, construction of highways and highway bridges, traffic safety engineering and railroad engineering. The majority of Mark’s career has dealt with safety engineering focusing on highway-railroad grade crossings. Mark served as the State of Wisconsin’s Grade Crossing Safety Engineer and was head of WisDOT’s Railroad Engineering Unit. Mark is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Mark served on the National Committee for Uniform Traffic Control Devices (NCUTCD) technical subcommittee for Part 8 of the MUTCD. Mark has been an Operation Lifesaver presenter since 2000. Mark has made numerous presentations on grade crossing safety at various national, regional and state conferences.
Upcoming dates (1)
Oct. 20-29, 2020
Introduction to Railroad Engineering and Operations
Course #: RA00336-C046
Fee includes online instruction and course materials.
- CEU: 1.3
- PDH: 13
Online Instruction: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM Central Time each day
- Tuesday, October 20, 2020
- Thursday, October 22, 2020
- Tuesday, October 27, 2020
- Thursday, October 29, 2020
Instructor(s)Michael Loehr, Jeff Keating, Mark Morrison, Dave Peterson
LocationThis is an online course.
If you cannot attend, please notify us no later than one week before your course begins, and we will refund your fee. Cancellations received after this date and no-shows are subject to a $150 administrative fee. You may enroll a substitute at any time before the course starts.
Introduction to Railroad Engineering and OperationsCourse #: RA00336
Introduction to Railroad Engineering and OperationsDate: Mon. April 29, 2019 – Tue. April 30, 2019
Fee covers morning and afternoon breaks, scheduled lunches, and course materials
- CEU: 1.5
- PDH: 15
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