TBA4225 - 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

Course content

An introduction course to railway track engineering covering the following topics:

  • Track alignment,
  • Track geometric design,
  • Track superstructure,
  • Railway Ballast
  • Track substructure - ballast, formation and drainage,
  • Track forces and track design,
  • Continuously welded track,
  • Wheel-rail guidance and derailment,
  • Structural gauge,
  • Railway catenary system,
  • Track maintenance.

Learning outcome

Upon completion of the course


The candidate should:

  • have fundamental knowledge in track alignment and geometry design.
  • have basic knowledge of components and its functionality in railway superstructure and substructure, as well as catenary system .
  • have fundamental knowledge in designing a well functional and sustainable railway infrastructure
  • understand how rolling stocks interact with track
  • have basic knowledge about railway track maintenance


The candidate should be able to:

  • apply correct railway track alignment.
  • design railway track geometry.
  • select correct components for track superstructure, substructure and catenary system.
  • select and calculate structural gauge of railway infrastructure.
  • calculate and design a stable railway track in all 3 directions, longitudinally, vertically and laterally.
  • ensure stable wheel-rail interaction and predict derailment risk.

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 + site visit

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

80% exercises must be approved before the student is eligible for the exam. In case of a re-sit exam the exam may be changed to an oral exam.

Course materials

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

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

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

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 2023-12-07 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL410 blå sone Sluppenvegen 14 21
SL520 Sluppenvegen 14 1
SL238 Sluppenvegen 14 1
Summer UTS 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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