Track Inspection

Course Aims

This course is intended to provide delegates with a full understanding of the duties of a Track Inspector and the method of carrying out these duties in a safe and efficient manner.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course the delegates will: –

  • Understand fully the duties of the Track Inspector
  • Understand the Inspection System and the their role within that system
  • Be fully aware of the measuring equipment carried and its purpose
  • Understand fully the safety requirements including Electrified Lines
  • Understand the Fault Recording Procedure and Reporting Lines
  • Be able to clearly state the features to be observed and measured in Plain Line, S&C and Off Track (including Level Crossings)
  • Understand the requirement for the Superficial Examination of Structures
  • Be able to identify problems
  • Understand how to classify and allocate priorities to faults
  • Measure track geometry and review track condition to Network Rail standards
  • Check faults from walkout report and re-prioritise as needed
  • Review track condition and advise track manager of items requiring major works
  • Identify actual and potential emergency situations and take the necessary action
  • Be able to implement “Protection of the Line” procedures when it becomes unsafe

Course Duration

Three days


Ideally delegates will have first hand experience of work on the Permanent Way and be familiar with all track layouts.

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. , I.W.A. or C.O.S.S cards
  • 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 upon successful completion of both an underpinning knowledge and practical on-site assessment.