Railway Operations Class

Increasing the number and diversity of rail focused courses is an important step in rebuilding America’s railway education infrastructure. Currently, most college level rail courses are on railway civil engineering topics. A new course to be jointly developed by the Universities of Tennessee and South Carolina will address railway operations. Providing engineering students with a better understanding of operations can improve infrastructure design and maintenance practices. The course will also attract business students interested in a career in railway management. The course goal is to present basic operating principles of North American freight and passenger railroading, including shared access corridors handling both services. Identified course topics include railway vehicle and infrastructure fundamentals; freight and passenger services; traffic planning and management; terminal and line haul operations; labor relations and management; and railway administration. Content would address operating differences based on railroad size or market (e.g., intercity passenger versus commuter rail, Class 1 freight railroad versus Class 3 short line). Students would not need prior railroad knowledge. However, they should have upper class or graduate standing.


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    • Status: Active
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Principal Investigators:

      Clarke, David

      Rizos, Dimitris

    • Start Date: 20131001
    • Expected Completion Date: 20190930
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01641185
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: National University Rail Center (NURail)
    • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC52, NURail2013-UTK-E03
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Jul 17 2017 5:04PM