Track Inspection Training2022-06-21T10:26:09-07:00

Track Inspection Training

This course has been designed to address provincial regulations as they apply to the inspection of railway track. These regulations are adapted from the Federal regulations and mirror the standards contained in them. The training material is based on AREMA standards adapted to Canadian regulations by Transport Canada and the Railway Association of Canada.

The course is a one-day session. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

Interpret and apply Track Safety Rules to inspecting track, recording defects, and take any necessary remedial action.

Better understand the role of the regulators.

Module 1 – Introduction to Track Safety Rules

  • Track Safety Rules (Outline and Overview).
  • Outline the role of the track inspector.
  • Explain the restoration or renewal of track under traffic.
  • Review measuring track not under load.
  • Explain the classes of track.
  • Discuss inspection and inspection record requirements.
  • Discuss planning inspections.

Module 2 – Roadbed

How to apply TSR to the following conditions:

  • Drainage.
  • Vegetation.
  • Ballast.
  • Crossties.
  • Track gauge.

Module 3 – Track Geometry

  • Inspect tangent and curved alignment.
  • Basics of track‐train dynamics.
  • Determine the maximum allowable speed on curves and rate of elevation runoff on spirals.
  • Inspect track surface.
  • Runoff at end of a raise.
  • Surface profile.
  • Deviation and variation in cross-level on spirals.
  • Deviation and variation in cross-level on tangents & curves.
  • Interpolation of speeds between track classes.

Module 4 – Rail and Rail Fastenings

  • Visually inspect rails for defects.
  • Understand railway’s responsibility to provide policy for maintaining CWR.
  • Understand railway’s responsibility to develop rail wear limits.
  • Determine rail end mismatch.
  • Inspect rail joints.
  • Inspect tie plates.
  • Inspect rail anchors and fastening systems

Module 5

  • Turnout and railway crossing (track) inspections.
    • Switch inspections.
    • Frog and guard rail inspections.
    • Inspection frequency.
  • Derail inspections.
  • Review turnout inspection forms.

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