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Course module: 201800069
Rail Transport
Course infoSchedule
Course module201800069
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact persondr. K. Gkiotsalitis
ing. A. van Es
dr. K. Gkiotsalitis
Contactperson for the course
dr. K. Gkiotsalitis
Academic year2022
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
At the end of the course the student has…
Knowledge of:
  • The contribution of rail based public transport for the development of urban areas.
  • Design issues
  • Designing the supply side of rail transport
  • user needs of the traveller (marketing, image, communication, information provision, safety and accessibility)
  • characteristics of rail infrastructure, power supply, vehicle properties, safety systems and maintenance.
Developed insight in:
  • designing rail infra structure given spatial restrains
  • designing a train schedule in relation to demands and restrains
  • energy use in the exploitation of rail
  • the design of a complex train station in respect to facilitation of connections, passenger routing, services and wellbeing.
  • part of a rail network in detail from infrastructure (track layout, switches, safety systems) to speed-time profiles and time table.
In this course a specific focus is on rail transport in public transport. Some attention is payed to goods transport.
Rail based transportation has very specific properties in terms of infra structure, network, organisation, scheduling, traffic control and capacity. Knowledge of  these properties is essential for planning (caption area, forecasting, land-use, relation to other modes), design (infrastructure, energy supply, safety systems) and management (exploitation, maintenance, scheduling).
In this course rail transport is approached from a designer point of view where thorough knowledge of the components of the rail system (infrastructure, vehicles, safety systems, energy usage, maintenance), the legal context (laws and regulations), the financial aspect (investments, exploitation costs, revenues) and the demand (modelling travel demand) form the starting point. The focus of the course is the European context, but not limited to this.
The main topics covered in this course are:
  • Topology of rail systems
  • Organization of rail systems
  • Network structures, transfer nodes, station, terminus, level crossings, tunnel, bridge, spatial/geographical limitations, track concepts
  • Track, gauge, gradient, cant, curve, transition curve, switches, turnout, interlocking, routs, synchronism
  • Terminal, platform, pedestrian routing
  • Product-Market combinations
  • Guided transport systems
  • Rolling stock characteristics
  • Unusual guided transport systems
  • Overhead wiring, third rail, power supply
  • Signs, signaling, safety, braking, train separation, speed limitations, shunting, movement authority, axel counters, blocs and sections, ERTMS, ERTMS levels, ETCS, balises, radio block centre, EVC, Wireless Data Transmission, line capacity, line planning

  • Mark written exam
    • 65% if the mark is 5.5 minimum
  • Mark essay
    • 35% if the mark is 5.5 minimum
    • 0.5 or 1.0 extra for a reasonable to good social media pitch (if the mark for the written essay is 5.5 minimum).

Additional info
Together with the course Public Transport Modelling the whole of public transport of metropolitans is covered from the small veins to the large arteria from informal small scale passenger transport to mass public transport.
Participating study
Master Civil Engineering and Management
Required materials
Recommended materials
Instructional modes
Presence dutyYes

Presence dutyYes

Self study without assistance
Presence dutyYes

Written examination & (group) assignment

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