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Switch & Crossing Design Principles

Course Aims

The course is intended to provide the delegate with the relevant skills and underpinning knowledge in the principles of Switch and Crossing Design.


5 days

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course the delegates will: -
• Have a clear understanding of relevant standard drawings, Railway Group Standards, Network Rail Company Standards and Line Specifications relating to switch and crossing design.
• Be able to demonstrate knowledge of all component parts of switch and crossing.
• Be able to carry out a site assessment and complete a site survey.
• Be able to carry out the plotting from information gained on site.
• Be able to check and complete all relevant design calculations.
• Be aware of the need to satisfy client’s specification and requirement.
• Be able to check and complete all relevant information required for submission of design approval.
• Understand which department/ functions may be involved in S&C renewals and the need for clear and concise communication.
• Understand how to order S&C material and the relevant lead times.
• Have a clear understanding of all necessary information required for preparation of final drawings.
• Be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of the principles of setting out and installing an S&C scheme.

Pre Requisite Requirements

The following pre-requisites are required:
• Prior technical experience in working in the Permanent Way environment.
• A basic understanding of Track Re-alignment by the “Hallade” Method.
• Good mathematical skills.
• Be conversant with surveying methods and the use of surveying equipment.

PPE Requirements

This course requires the delegate to be on or near the running line and therefore, they 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 BS EN166 and of Optical Class 1 with Impact Resistance F


A Certificate of Training will be awarded on successful completion of this course. Certification has no expiry.