Stressing of Continuous Welded Rail – Level 1

Course Aims

This course is intended to provide a delegate with the underpinning knowledge to be able to restore a stress.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course the delegates will: –

  • Be able to understand the reason for Stressing
  • Have a comprehensive understanding of Track Terminology relating to Stressing
  • Be able to supervise the removal/repair of Rail Defects
  • Understand the correct installation of insulated Rail Joints within C. W. R.
  • Be able to accurately calculate the Stress requirements including Pull Force, Pressure Reading and Original Stress Free Temperature
  • Be able to understand a Restoration of Stress Certificate

Course Duration

One day, inclusive of theory assessment


Delegates attending this course should be capable of using a calculator and working out simple formulae. Prior basic knowledge of the Permanent Way and its components is essential

Personal Protective Equipment

Personal Protective Equipment is not required on this course


A Certificate of Technical Competency Level 1 and a Network Rail Statement of Achievementwill be awarded upon successful completion of an underpinning knowledge assessment.
All successful delegates MUST complete a period of mentoring in the workplace under the guidance of a suitably qualified person as specified by Network Rail’s Restoration of Stress – Level 1 Mentoring Sheet.