BM6812 - Railway Engineering, Basic course


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours D

Learning outcome

Upon completion of the course


The candidate should:

  • have fundamental knowledge in railway track alignment, geometry design and railway planning.
  • have basic knowledge of components and its functionality in railway infrastructure.
  • have fundamental knowledge in designing a well functional and sustainable railway infrastructure
  • understand how rolling stocks interact with railway track


The candidate should be able to:

  • apply correct railway track alignment.
  • plan and design railway track.
  • select correct components for track superstructure, substructure and catenary system.
  • select and calculate structural gauge of railway infrastructure.
  • design a stable railway track in all 3 directions, longitudinally, vertically and laterally.

General competence

The candidate should be able to:

  • apply railway track engineering knowledge with confident
  • communicate with professional railway terminology independently
  • apply railway engineering in research and development as well as relevant advanced assignments.
  • contribute to railway engineering field both locally and internationally.

Learning methods and activities

Physical lectures

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises
  • Attendance

Further on evaluation


The exam is a digital school exam.

80% exercises must be approved before the student is eligible for the exam. Attendance at the gatherings is mandatory. In case of a re-sit exam the exam will most likely be a digital school exam, but it might be changed to an oral exam depending on the number of candidates.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Miscellaneous Courses - Faculty of Engineering (EMNE/IV)

Course materials


  1. A. Lau; Railway Engineering, Basic Course, compendium (English), NTNU, Trondheim.
  2. Book Chapters and published articles


  1. A. Lau; Railway Engineering, Basic Course, compendium (Engelsk), NTNU, Trondheim.
  2. Bokkapitler og publiserte artikler

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Further education, lower degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Building and Construction Engineering
  • Building and construction technology
  • Railway Engineering
  • Railway Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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