Railroad Engineering: Hands-On Experience

The project was designed to enhance the learning experience of the students enrolled in CE 483 Railroad Engineering. In addition to the classic classroom content of the course the students participated in a Hands-On Experience at Haley Tower, a local railroad museum. The students constructed a section of track – transporting and placing ties, installing tie plates, transporting rail, spiking rail and bolting together rail sections. After completion of the exercise the track was disassembled and stored for future use. Students were also introduced to a variety of rail components - including rolling stock, turnout and switch operation, and signaling. Additionally, a program for STEM Outreach to elementary and junior high school/middle schools and youth groups was developed to introduce railroad operations. A number of different rail scenarios was presented to the participants to develop and model viable solutions to the problem. Using wooden track sections and small wooden cars the participants constructed track layouts to demonstrate their solution of the rail design challenge presented. Additionally a locomotive simulator and associated computer equipment were acquired to allow the participants to operate a locomotive in one of many different geographic and operational scenarios.


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  • Accession Number: 01667891
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NURail Project ID: NURail2017-RHIT-E02
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC52 (Grant 2)
  • Created Date: Apr 3 2018 8:26AM