Extreme Weather Precautions 

Course Aims

This course is intended to provide a delegate with the underpinning knowledge and understanding of track behaviour in extreme weather conditions.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course the delegates will: –

  • Be aware of the background and statistics relating to track buckles
  • Have a clear understanding of track behaviour during extreme weather conditions
  • Have a clear understanding of the symptoms and causes of track buckles
  • Be aware of the precautions to be taken in Jointed Track, C. W. R. and S&C
  • Be aware of the need for Stressing and the maintenance of Stressing records
  • Have an understanding of the requirements of extreme weather briefings
  • Have a clear understanding of the actions to be taken during extreme weather conditions
  • Have a clear understanding of the requirements of properly structured track inspections and the need for correct track maintenance

Course Duration

Two days


There are no particular educational or competence pre-requisites for the course. However, the following factors will benefit the delegate: –

  • Sound understanding of the Permanent Way Track and its components
  • Prior experience in working within the Permanent Way environment

Personal Protective Equipment

This course requires the delegate to be on or near the running line, therefore, he/she MUST be in possession of: –

  • Valid P. T. S. Card
  • Protective “all orange” High Visibility Clothing to BS EN 471:2003
  • Safety Footwear to BS EN ISO 20345:2004
  • Safety Helmet (white/blue) to BS EN 397:1995
  • General Purpose Gloves to BS EN388:2121
  • Safety Glasses to BS EN 166 and of Optical Class 1 with Impact Resistance F


A Certificate of Training will be awarded to the delegate on completion of the course.