Railway Safety Investigation Course
Brief Description
The Railway Safety Investigation Course provides you with the required skills in initiating, conducting and reporting on any investigation into railway safety incidents. With a view on identifying safety deficiencies (by means of derailment, failure analysis and track-wagon dynamics) and proposing remedial actions to prevent future occurrences, you will be exposed to a systematic approach in the investigation of safety incidents during the course, including an in-depth understanding of the relevant vehicle, infrastructure and operational aspects of safe and orderly railway system operations.
This course is presented as part of the Railway Engineering Education Programme of the University of Pretoria.
Learning Outcomes
After successfully completing this course, you will be more familiar with
  • a systematic approach to the investigation of train safety incidents and derailments
  • vehicle, infrastructure and operational aspects that form part of the safe and orderly operation of a railway system
  • derailment investigation procedures and methods, and
  • failure analysis.
Course Content
  • Introduction to railway safety
  • Site investigation and cause-finding procedures
  • Data collection, evidence reconstruction and presentation
  • Main-line derailments
  • Derailments at turnouts
  • Slow-speed derailments
  • Hump-yard derailments
  • Wagon, locomotive and track issues in train derailments
  • Failure analysis
  • Train handling and marshalling issues in train derailments
  • Trackwagon dynamics
  • Computer simulations for train-derailment investigations
Entry Requirements
Prospective delegates should at least have a relevant BEng or BTech degree and/or work experience.
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Engineering and Technology Management
Who Should attend:
This course is ideal for you if you are a railway practitioner with some experience of and exposure to railway safety-related incidents and derailments.
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