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Inspection and Maintenance of Switches & Crossings

Course Aims

This course is intended to provide a delegate with a comprehensive understanding required of the inspection & maintenance of S&C and to build on Plain Line knowledge.


3 days

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course the delegates will: -
• Have a clear understanding of S&C components.
• Be aware of the design consideration for S&C.
• Have an understanding of the track standards as applied to S&C.
• Be aware of the contract requirements for the maintenance of S&C.
• Be able to carry out an inspection of S&C.
• Have a clear understanding of maintenance and repair procedures.
• Be able to demonstrate an understanding of setting out S&C for lifting.
• Be able to measure components requiring replacement.
• Be able to carry out a site survey and prepare a work plan.
• Have an understanding of derailment risk in S&C.
• Have an understanding of S&C renewal proposals.

Pre Requisite Requirements

The following pre-requisites are required: -
• Prior experience of working within the Permanent Way environment
• Have a basic understanding of the track and its components

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 to the delegate upon successful completion of the course. Certification has no expiry.