CEE 409 | Railroad Track Engineering
Rail transportation of passengers and freight requires a track structure to support the movement of trains. This course provides in-depth understanding of railroad track engineering concepts including track component and system design, construction, evaluation, maintenance, load distribution, and wheel/rail interaction. Topics covered include: Track layout and geometry; ballast and subgrade; ties; rail and fastenings; track analysis and design; special trackwork; grade crossings; track standards; and inspection, condition assessment, and asset management. There will be field trip(s) to observe railroad track and components.
Texts | Hay 1982. Railroad Engineering – Part 2: Principles of Maintenance and Construction
CEE 409 is typically offered in the classroom or online in the fall semester.