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21 - TTC - Transportation and Traffic Control

TTC 140 - Railways and Urban Guided Transport

Code Start Date Duration Venue
TTC 140 18 March 2024 5 Days Istanbul Registration Form Link
TTC 140 22 April 2024 5 Days Istanbul Registration Form Link
TTC 140 27 May 2024 5 Days Istanbul Registration Form Link
TTC 140 01 July 2024 5 Days Istanbul Registration Form Link
TTC 140 05 August 2024 5 Days Istanbul Registration Form Link
TTC 140 09 September 2024 5 Days Istanbul Registration Form Link
TTC 140 14 October 2024 5 Days Istanbul Registration Form Link
TTC 140 18 November 2024 5 Days Istanbul Registration Form Link
TTC 140 23 December 2024 5 Days Istanbul Registration Form Link
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Course Description

Rail Transport is one of the most important, commonly used and very cost effective modes of commuting and goods carriage over long, as well as, short distances. Since this system runs on metal (usually steel) rails and wheels, it has an inherent benefit of lesser frictional resistance which helps attach more load in terms of wagons or carriages. It is also one of the fastest modes of land transport. Furthermore, rail transport has emerged as one of the most dependable modes of transport in terms of safety. In this course, participants will learn about the standard requirments in the design and construction of railways. 

Course Objectives

  • Introducing railways and urban guided transport 
  • Providing and overview of railways system and metro specifics
  • Dicussing rolling stock, traction systems, and train Dynamics
  • Understanding track infrastructure, track components, and track design
  • Learning about power supply, electrification, and signalling
  • Exploring operations, traffic planning, and maintenance

Who Should Attend?

  • Construction personnel
  • Engineers
  • Project managers
  • Contractors 

Course Details/Schedule

Day 1

  • Major rail projects around the world: High speed, suburban lines, metro and tramways
  • Rail advantages vs. other modes of transport
  • Main metro systems around the world
  • History & economics of rail guided transport
  • Specificities according to countries & Interoperability
  • Rail organizations, rail industry & international key players: Operators, international organisations, engineering companies, manufacturers (infrastructure, rolling stock, signalling, etc.)
  • Introduction to rail subsystems and their main parameters
  • Fundamental principles of guided transport systems
  • Infrastructure
  • Rolling stock
  • Overhead electrification
  • Signalling & Telecommunications
  • Operations
  • Maintenance

Day 2

  • Main  types  of  rolling  stock  and  their  differences:  High  speed  trains, Suburban trains, Tilting trains, Metro, Tramways, Tram-train, Freight trains
  • Major characteristics of rolling stock: Speed, axle load, gauge
  • Braking systems
  • Traction systems: steam, diesel, electric, dual-mode, etc.
  • Vehicle dynamics, wheel-rail interaction
  • Innovative projects
  • Rolling stock terminology
  • General aspects
  • Stresses on railway track
  • Track substructure & Structures
  • Ballasted track components
  • Different slab track technologies & components
  • Turnouts & crossings: Types, geometry, components
  • Standards and specifications for track components
  • Track design
  • Track geometry

Day 3

  • Historical aspects of rail power supply
  • Different systems: Third rail, overhead systems, APS
  • Standardised voltages
  • Current collection: Pantograph & catenary, third rail
  • Power supply & electrical substations
  • Return current & regenerative braking
  • Electromagnetic compatibility with signalling & telecom rail equipment
  • Railway electrification terminology
  • Objectives of signalling systems
  • Safety requirements
  • CBTC: Introduction, Benefits & Risks, Architecture

Day 4

  • Introduction: Railway risks, different types of traffic
  • General principles for Operations: Planning/scheduling & real-time operations
  • Metro operations strategy
  • Planning:  Running  times,  graphic  timetables,  headway,  line  capacity, robustness in train scheduling
  • Normal operating conditions
  • Degraded modes of operation
  • Exercises
  • Operations Terminology
  • General  principles  of  maintenance: Maintenance levels, preventive and corrective maintenance
  • Rolling stock: Maintenance levels, maintenance facilities and workshops
  • Signalling & Electrification (OHL, third rail)
  • Infrastructure: Track component wear, track geometry defects, maintenance tolerances, track inspection, maintenance activities (tamping, renewal, etc.) & equipment

Day 5

  • Technical Visit at a Rail Facility
  • Operational control centre
  • Signal box / Interlocking tower
  • French rail test agency
  • Rolling stock maintenance centre
  • Railway station, Rail infrastructure, Rolling