Permanent Way Supervisory Manager – Renewals

Course Aims

This course is intended to provide a delegate with an in-depth knowledge and skills required to carry out the duties and responsibilities of a Permanent Way Supervisory Manager

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course the delegates will:-

  • Have a clear understanding of the Role and Responsibilities of a Supervisory Manager
  • Be able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the technical requirements for the accurate Inspection and effective Maintenance of the track, including:-

Formation and Drainage Problems and their Maintenance
– Jointed Plain Line
– Continuous Welded Rail
– Switch and Crossing Work
– Track Curvature and Super Elevation
– Clearances
– Off-Track Responsibilities

  • Understand the essentials of Managing Track in Extreme Weather Conditions
  • Have a clear understanding of the requirements in the Inspection and Prioritisation for the Maintenance of Plain Line and Switch and Crossings
  • Have an appreciation of the Operation of the Track Recording Coach and be able to interpret the records
  • Have a clear understanding of Track Conditions relating to Derailment Risk
  • Be able to demonstrate an understanding of the Types of Rail Flaws and how they are managed
  • Be aware of all relevant Railway Group Standards, Network Rail Company Standards and Contract Requirements relating to the Maintenance of the Permanent Way
  • Have an understanding of the Basic Requirements for Managing Resources
  • Have basic understanding of the Infrastructure Signalling System and Circuitry and its Interface with the Maintenance of the Permanent Way

Course Duration

Ten days, consisting of two five day modules


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 in working as a Supervisory Manager, Track Chargeman or Technical Support Position
  • In-depth knowledge of the Permanent Way 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 BD 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