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S&C Design Appreciation

Course Aims

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


3 days

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course the delegates will have an appreciation provided for the below: -
• 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.
• Good mathematical skills.
• Be conversant with surveying methods and the use of surveying equipment.


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