CEE 408

CEE 408 | Railroad Transportation Engineering

Rail transportation requires infrastructure, vehicles, motive power and energy to move goods and people. Each of these interacts to affect efficiency, service quality, energy requirements, economics and environmental impact of railroad transport. Railroad technology spawned a transportation revolution that continues to substantially influence national and global markets. This course includes an introduction to highway-rail grade crossings and railroad track system design, components, roadbeds, and maintenance. This is followed by consideration of railroad rolling stock design, running gear and other mechanical components, train braking system design, function and dynamics, and locomotive design, operation and function. Quantitative analysis of train resistance and consequent power and train energy requirements including effects of aerodynamics, grade and curvature are covered. The course concludes with consideration of train speed, power, acceleration and an introduction to railway traffic control and signaling. There will be field trips to railroad facilities to observe infrastructure, equipment and operation.

Texts | Hay 1982. Railroad Engineering – Part 1: Principles of Location and Operation
Course notes, other readings, and selected chapters from Armstrong 1998. “The Railroad, What it is, What it Does”

CEE 408 is typically offered in the classroom or online in the fall semester.