Inspection and Maintenance of Switch and Crossings

Course Aims

This course is intended to provide a delegate with a comprehensive understanding required for the Inspection and Maintenance of Switch and Crossings.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course the delegates will: –

  • Have a clear understanding of S&C components
  • Be aware of the design consideration for S&C
  • Have an understanding of the track standards as applied to S&C
  • Be aware of the contract requirements for the maintenance of S&C
  • Be able to carry out an inspection of S&C
  • Have a clear understanding of maintenance and repair procedures
  • Be able to demonstrate an understanding of setting out S&C for lifting
  • Be able to measure components requiring replacement
  • Be able to carry out a site survey and prepare a work plan
  • Have an understanding of derailment risk in S&C
  • Have an understanding of S&C renewal proposals
  • Be aware of the interface between S&C and track signalling

Course Duration

Three days


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

  • Prior experience of working within the Permanent Way environment
  • Have a basic understanding of the track and its components

    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 Competence will be awarded to the delegate on successful completion of the course.