TBA4225 - Railway Engineering, Basic Course


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 4 hours H

Course content

The course will be an introduction to the railway engineering and rail infrastructures and their impacts on the society and on the environment. The course will focus on alignment, track geometry, superstructure and substructure components, switches, Railway planning and capacity, electrotechnical installations (power supply and signalling control system) together with operation and maintenance of railway.

Learning outcome

The candidate should have knowledge of:
- fundamental principles for railway engineering
- basic track geometry parameters
- railway superstructure and substructure components
- operation and maintenance aspects of railway system
- railway electrotechnical installations
- environmental and societal impact of railway infrastructure.

The candidate is able to:
- design the track geometry for a railway line
- identify right components in the superstructure on the basis of traffic load
- do basic calculations of capacity on a railway section.

General competence
The candidate can:
- understand the influence of railway transportations in the society
- the construction of the railway infrastructure
- the cooperation/interaction between infrastructure owner and traffic companies
- the philosophy of railway safety.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, exercises, and group works. The lectures, exercises and examination are given in English but some invited lectures and site visit guidance can be held in Norwegian.

Compulsory assignments

  • Execises
  • Novapoint training

Further on evaluation

If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

Previous knowledge on Engineering mechanics and solid mechanics

Course materials

Collection of presentation slides and published materials. An electronic version of a compendia by Norwegian National Rail Administration (in Norwegian), or part of it may also be available.

More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of lecture hours: 4
Lab hours: 2
No.of specialization hours: 6

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Urban Design and Planning
  • Road and Transport Engineering
  • Building and construction technology
  • Structural Engineering
  • Railway Engineering
  • Machine Design
  • Structural Dynamics
  • Railway Engineering
  • Highway Engineering
  • Structural Mechanics
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Landscape Planning
  • Technological subjects


Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Written examination 100/100 H
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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