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Switch Inspection 1176 - Initial

Course Aims

This course is intended to provide a delegate with the underpinning knowledge and skills to achieve a suitable level as required by the latest Transport for London Standards.


2 days

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course the delegates will: -
• Be able to demonstrate an awareness of the frequencies of Inspections relating to Linespeeds.
• Understand the needs of Visual Observations in respect of the Inspection Procedures.
• Be able to identify the five Derailment Hazards.
• Recognise the tell tale signs of Derailment Risk.
• Be able to apply the relevant gauges and interpret the readings.
• Have an awareness of the effect of track conditions in relation to Derailment Hazards at Switches.
• Have a clear understanding of the profile inspection process following the grinding repair of the switch blade.

Pre Requisite Requirements

The following pre-requisites are required:
• Prior basic knowledge of the permanent way track and its components
• Prior experience of working on the maintenance/renewal of S&C

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 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 the course. Certification is valid for 3 years subject to required mentorship. A recertification will be required within a 3-year period.