Principles of Railway Operation

Get on track to move railway vehicles efficiently and safely. Learn about all the activities and equipment needed to guarantee the safety, control and monitoring of train movements. Broaden your understanding of all relevant components for a safe, successful and sustainable railway operation and its systems.

Principles of Railway Operation
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No prerequisites or pre-knowledge necessary

Your benefits
  • Acquire a sound knowledge of the principles of rail operations and the various activities, equipment and processes involved
  • Broaden your understanding of the rules and requirements for operating the railway looking at different types of railway operation systems
  • Gain valuable insights into the usage of the European Train Control System and the European Rail Traffic Management System
  • Improve your skills and abilities to aid your decision-making to ensure safe, successful and sustainable railway operations
Course content
This course provides you with a comprehensive overview of components and subsystems of the railway operations and the important connections between people, rolling stock, infrastructure components and signaling systems. Understanding these interrelationships and dependencies helps to ensure a safe and successful railway operation and its systems.
  • Overview of components and subsystems of the train control function  
  • Connections between people, rolling stock, infrastructure components and signaling systems 
  • Communication systems 
  • Basic signaling systems 
  • Railway capacity and control 
  • Interlocking systems: time tables 
  • Advanced control systems: radio control, GPS for train control, simplified low capacity systems 
Due to the ongoing COVID19 pandemic we currently do not have a fixed date for this classroom course. If you are interested in this course, please contact us via email: so we can plan the next steps with you.

As part of our booking process, you will need to set up a My Academy account. Please note, if you want to participate in a course but need the invoice to be issued to your company, then registration must be made via company address. This means you need to register as a company. The registering entity and the recipient of the invoice must be the same. Please note that DB Rail Academy cannot amend any invoices after they have been produced! If you require any assistance with your booking, please contact us via email: 

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