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Inspection and Maintenance of Plain Line

Course Aims

This course is intended to provide a delegate with the relevant skills and underpinning knowledge to inspect and maintain Plain Line Track to the required Company Standards.


3 days

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course the delegates will: -

  • Have a clear understanding of track construction and components of plain line track
  • Be able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the inspection and maintenance of the following: -
    • Earthworks
    • Track formation
    • Track drainage
    • Line and level
  • Understand the need and methods of formation treatment
  • Have a clear understanding of and the relevant precautionary measures to prevent:-
    • Joint and rail failures
    • Track buckles
    • Rail Creep
  • Have a basic understanding of plain line welding
  • Be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of track inspection and reporting procedures
  • Have a sound understanding of the theory and maintenance of continuous welded rail
  • Be aware of Network Rail Standards relating to plain line maintenance

Pre Requisite Requirements

The following pre-requisites are required for this course:-
• Prior experience of working within the Permanent Way environment

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.