Top Top
Client Portal



Critical Rail Temperature (CRT) Management

Course Aims

The course is intended to provide the delegate with a clear understanding of the management of sites that have a risk of track buckles and are recorded on the CRT register i.e. CWR sites with a low or unknown Stress Free Temperature (SFT). Suitable for CRT Co-ordinators, Senior Technicians as well as Supervisors, Maintenance Managers, Renewals Engineers, Project Managers and Site Supervisors.


2 days

Learning Objectives

At the end of the course the delegates will:
• Have an appreciation of temperature induced forces in the rail in CWR.
• Have a clear understanding of the importance of knowing the Stress Free Temperature (SFT)
• Be aware of the Network Rail standards and requirements to manage high risk sites
• Be able to set up procedures to record SFT by mileage, line and rail and thus identify risk sites
• Be able to set up a geographical rail temperature monitoring procedure with reporting to identify when criticality has been reached
• Be able to calculate the three CRT values that will provide “action triggers” for an “at risk” site
• Know when to deploy resources to monitor individual sites
• Be aware of the need to reduce speed or block the line and have the necessary equipment available
• Be able to plan the necessary stressing of the 'at risk' sites in the given priority

Pre Requisite Requirements

The following pre-requisites are required:
• Sound understanding of the Permanent Way and its components
• Prior experience of site work

PPE Requirements

Personal Protective Equipment is not required on this course


A Certificate of Training will be awarded to the delegate upon successful completion of the course. Certification has no expiry. Mentoring is required.