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326- Railroads - An Introduction

By: Randy S. Wilder, PE

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Course Objective

This continuing education course is written specifically for professional engineers with the objective of relating to and enhancing the practice of engineering.

Course Description

326- 	Railroads - An Introduction
This course is an introduction to railroads. The intent of the course IS NOT to make you an expert in railroad design, but rather, introduce you to the fundamental components that make up a railroad system. This course IS intended for those engineers that need to become sufficiently familiar with rail systems to discuss railroad requirements with a client, understand what the railroad representatives are saying, know what questions to ask on your client’s behalf, and ease the pains involved if you get a project that requires a railroad construction permit. The course will begin by providing a very brief… but interesting… history of railroads in North America before presenting the technical topics on the subgrade, ballast, ties, rail, turnouts, road crossings, ladder tracks and… of course… frogs. Again, this introductory course is about what a railroad encompasses and provides the basic information necessary for an engineer to be able to discuss the topic intelligently with a client but is NOT intended to provide the knowledge to actually design a railroad, the turnouts, or any railroad signals that may be required.

Detailed course outline with timeline

      7 Minutes – Course Description & Introduction
    25 Minutes – History
    14 Minutes – Railway Forces
    23 Minutes – Railway Alignments
    11 Minutes – Transit Rail   
    18 Minutes – Track Structure
    24 Minutes – Subgrade and and Sub-ballast 
    12 Minutes – Drainage
    11 Minutes – Ballast
    12 Minutes – Railroad Ties
    14 Minutes – Rail
    18 Minutes – Turnouts
    18 Minutes – Road Crossings
    18 Minutes – Rail Crossing Signage, Gates, & Signals
    18 Minutes – Customer Rail Facilities
    18 Minutes – Glossary
    11 Minutes – Summary
    40 Minutes - The Test
326- Railroads - An Introduction
Christopher Rahaim
01/14/2019
Verified Buyer
Great Material - Just the right level. Super overview of rail system and really appreciated the history!
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326- Railroads - An Introduction
Paul Vitucci
01/14/2019
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Very good initial overview of the "big picture" considerations and components of a railroad.
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326- Railroads - An Introduction
Jason Williams
01/05/2019
Verified Buyer
Very informative and helpful. I work in Construction for the transit industry, and most of your material was accurate. However, I disagree with the test question about overhead power. This is typically used for LRT. MARTA does not use any OHE for any HRT power. Please consider revising this question. Thank you.
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326- Railroads - An Introduction
Dawn Cinquino
12/29/2018
Verified Buyer
Introductory course. Easy to read and comprehend. Learned the terminology and some concepts involved with railroads. Nice humor throughout.
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326- Railroads - An Introduction
Raimundo Ochotorena
12/26/2018
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VERY GOOD
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326- Railroads - An Introduction
Julie Havelka
12/25/2018
Verified Buyer
Summit Engineering LLC
I have always been fascinated with railroads. I have a very small amount of experience designing a retaining wall near a railroad track, and that was an interesting experience. This course was very useful, and not overly technical. Thank you for a great course.
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326- Railroads - An Introduction
Joseph Kahn
12/10/2018
Verified Buyer
Good overview of railroads and terminology. Should be helpful info when dealing with railroad representatives. Very interesting and well presented.
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326- Railroads - An Introduction
Dan Ohman
12/10/2018
Excellent review of track design elements for non-railroad designers. Gives an excellent overview and interesting history.
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326- Railroads - An Introduction
Craig H Groce
12/03/2018
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Several errors in the paper. AREA is now (and has been for centuries) AREMA. The use of the terms Railbed and Trackbed are not relevant. No good paper should mention railroads without emphasizing safety around the track. I would be glad to provide a edit of the paper.
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326- Railroads - An Introduction
G M Schuppert Jr
11/26/2018
Verified Buyer
Excellent practical/technical overview of Railway fundamentals
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326- Railroads - An Introduction
Dan M
11/26/2018
Verified Buyer
The course was interesting and informative. The test accurately reflected the nature of the course.
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326- Railroads - An Introduction
Mark Amann
11/23/2018
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A decent introduction and I liked the down to earth style, but would have liked to see a bit more content.
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326- Railroads - An Introduction
wilbert snyder
11/23/2018
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I would like to see move examples of freight train operation characteristics.
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326- Railroads - An Introduction
Oliver W. Clemons, Jr., PE
11/22/2018
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A very good introduction to basic railroad engineering.
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326- Railroads - An Introduction
Loretta DeMarco
11/20/2018
Verified Buyer
I really enjoyed this course. Great overview of railroads.
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326- Railroads - An Introduction
Warren M. Childress, PE
11/19/2018
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Good Course with good information.
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326- Railroads - An Introduction
Roger Cantrell
11/19/2018
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Very interesting. I've always loved railroads since I was a kid.
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326- Railroads - An Introduction
howard Boyd
11/18/2018
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Excellent background intro for RR's.
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326- Railroads - An Introduction
Randolph Bordner
11/18/2018
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Very good. Course was a great introduction course and informative. Well written and the exam was well written also and covered the items in the course well.
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326- Railroads - An Introduction
H Clancy
11/17/2018
Verified Buyer
Interesting and well written course about a topic that all have some basic awareness about. This course provides additional interesting knowledge.
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326- Railroads - An Introduction
Ollie Frazier
11/17/2018
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very enlightening and will help move my knowledge forward especially on my next train trip next summer in the mountains
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326- Railroads - An Introduction
Daniel Shaw
11/17/2018
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Good information, well presented.
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326- Railroads - An Introduction
Jose
10/19/2018
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Very good and concise!
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326- Railroads - An Introduction
James fawcett
09/27/2018
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Good introductory course on railroad engineering. Perhaps more detailed engineering follow up courses will be available. RR engineering seems to be a lost science.
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Course Code: 100209-12
Course PDH Hours: 4
Engineering Course Approvals
  • This course is accepted for engineering continuing education credit in all states.
  • Ohio rules allow only 6-hours of unsupervised online courses such as this course per license renewal period

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