Inspection and Maintenance of Longitudinal Timbers

Course Aims

This course is intended to provide the delegate with the relevant skills and underpinning knowledge to install, inspect and maintain Longitudinal timbers to the required Network Rail Company Standards.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course the delegate will:-

  • Have a clear understanding of the construction types and components of longitudinal timbers
  • Have an understanding of the design requirements including objectives, track criteria and structural design
  • Be aware of the methods of installation of longitudinal timbers including workmanship and assembly
  • Be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of longitudinal timbers inspection and recording procedures, including track geometry
  • Have an understanding of the processes for maintenance and removal of longitudinal timbers, including maintenance of the track

Course Duration

Three Days


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

  • Have a sound understanding of the track and its components

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


A Certificate of Competency will be awarded to the delegate on successful completion of both an underpinning knowledge and practical on-site assessment.