CEE 409

CEE 409 | Railroad Track Engineering

Railroad track is the backbone of a railway network and a key element of the vehicle-track system. Its primary functions are to support and distribute train loads, guide rail vehicles and facilitate drainage. The safe and efficient movement of trains requires that track is properly designed, constructed, inspected and maintained. The objectives of this course are to provide the student with a fundamental understanding of basic railroad track engineering principles, concepts, practices and technologies. The course also includes the development of a comprehensive track design project in a team setting.  Finally, a field trip is planned to observe railroad track and engage in “hands-on” track construction and maintenance activities.

This class is for upper-level undergrad and graduate students interested in the design, construction, and maintenance of railroad track and its components. CEE 409 (and the other railroad classes) are among the approved options for advanced technical electives for a Primary or Secondary in Transportation Engineering.

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.