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. The Universities of Tennessee and South Carolina jointly developed a college class on railway operations. Providing engineering students with a better understanding of operations can improve infrastructure design and maintenance practices. The course also attracted business students interested in a career in railway management. The course goal was to present basic operating principles of North American freight and passenger railroading, including shared access corridors handling both services. Identified course topics included 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. The course content addressed operating differences based on railroad size or market (e.g., intercity passenger versus commuter rail, Class 1 freight railroad versus Class 3 short line). This document includes: course development, course delivery, outcomes, future steps, and a sample syllabus.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures;
  • Pagination: 15p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01744828
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NURail2013-UTK-E03
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC52 (Grant 2)
  • Created Date: Jun 25 2020 11:00AM