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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 Network Rail Company Standards.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course the delegates will: -

  • Be able to demonstrate an awareness of the frequencies of Inspections relating to Line Speeds.
  • 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


Course Duration

Two days, inclusive of on-site practical assessment.


There are no particular educational or competence pre-requisites for the course. However, the following factors will benefit the delegates: -

  • Prior basic knowledge of the permanent way track and its components
  • Prior experience of working on the maintenance/renewal of S&C


Personal Protective Equipment

This course requires the delegate to be on or near the running line, therefore, he/she 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 to BS EN 397:1995
  • General Purpose Gloves to BS EN388:2121
  • Safety Glasses to BS EN 166 and of Optical Class 1 with Impact Resistance F



A Certificate of Competency will be awarded to the delegate on successful completion of both an underpinning knowledge and practical on-site assessment.