Course Aims

This course is intended to provide delegates with the in-depth skills and knowledge to perform the duties of a Team Leader in the installation of new track.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course the delegates will: –

  • Have a clear understanding of the role and responsibility of a Track Chargeman
  • Be able to demonstrate in depth knowledge of the requirements for the accurate renewal of track, including:-
  • Formation and Drainage
  • Continuous Welded Rail
  • Switch and Crossings
  • Clearances
  • Track Curvature and Super Elevation
  • Off-Track Responsibilities
  • Be able to identify and correct track alignment faults
  • Have a clear understanding of the precautions to take prior to and during extreme weather
  • Have a comprehensive knowledge of all relevant hand tools and equipment necessary to maintain the Permanent Way
  • Have a clear understanding in the methods of mechanised maintenance of the Track Renewals
  • Be able to demonstrate a clear understanding in the method of setting out for lifting of S&C
  • Have a clear understanding of track condition and the risk of derailment
  • Have a sound understanding of the risk and safety precautions when working on electrified lines
  • Have an understanding of the communication skills required to be effectively manage personnel
  • Have an understanding of Health and Safety at Work

Course Duration

Five Days


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

  • Prior in-depth experience of working on the maintenance of the Permanent Way
  • Be aware of the Railway Group Standards and Network Rail Company Standards.

Personal Protective Equipment

This course requires the delegate to be on or near the running line and 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 (white/blue) to BS EN 397:1995
  • General Purpose Gloves to BS EN 388:2121
  • Safety Glasses to BS EN 166 and of Optical Class 1 with Impact Resistance F


A Certificate of Competence will be awarded to the delegate on successful completion of the theoretical and practical assessments.