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,
  • Track substructure - ballast, formation and drainage,
  • Track forces and track design,
  • Continuously welded track,
  • Railway sounds and vibration,
  • Wheel-rail guidance and derailment,
  • Structural gauge,
  • Switches and crossings,
  • 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, catenary system and switches and crossings.
  • 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

10 out of 12 exercises must be approved before the student is eligible for the exam.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

  1. A. Lau, J. Hjortland, M. Malvik; 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 2022

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 2022-12-21 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL410 orange sone Sluppenvegen 14 24
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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