Hot Weather Patrolling

Course Aims

This course is intended to provide a delegate with the underpinning knowledge and understanding of track behaviour in hot weather conditions when undertaking patrolling duties.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course the delegates will: –

  • Be aware of the background and statistics relating to track buckles
  • Have an understanding of track behaviour during hot weather conditions
  • Have an understanding of the symptoms and causes of track buckles
  • Be able to demonstrate an understanding of the basic visual inspection process
  • Have a clear understanding of the track defects which may be affected by hot weather conditions
  • Be aware of the precautions to be taken in Jointed Track, C.W.R. and S & C
  • Have an understanding of the requirements of hot weather briefings
  • Have an understanding of the actions to be taken during hot weather conditions

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 and 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 BS EN 166 and of Optical Class 1 with Impact Resistance F


A Certificate of Competence will be awarded to the delegate on successful completion of both theoretical and practical assessments.