Track Renewals Engineer

Course Aims

This course is intended to provide a delegate with a comprehensive in-depth understanding required for the Management of the Permanent Way – Renewals and the role of the Track Engineer – Renewals.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course the delegates will: –

  • Have a clear understanding of the role and responsibilities of the Track Engineer Renewals
  • Be able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the technical requirements for the accurate installation and effective management 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

  • Be able to complete a structured Inspection of both Plain Line and Switch and Crossings following track installation
  • Have an appreciation of the Operation of the Track Recording Coach and be able to interpret the records.
  • Have a clear understanding of the Track Conditions that give rise to the Risk of Derailment and the requirement for Site Investigations
  • Be aware of the Principal Requirements for effective prioritising, planning and managing Resources
  • Be fully conversant with all relevant Railway Group Standards and Network Rail Company Standards relating to Track Renewal
  • Have a clear understanding of Technical Audit Requirements
  • Be aware of the relevant “On-Track Plant” and their capabilities
  • Have a basic understanding of the requirements for effective Management of Finances, Information and Personnel
  • Have a clear understanding of the Infrastructure Signalling System and Circuitry and its interface with the Renewal of the Permanent Way


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 Charge Man or in a 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:-

  • A 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 Training will be awarded to the delegate on completion of the course.