The Institute for Railroad Engineering was founded in 1979 as an educational institution that offers short courses on railway engineering and track maintenance.

The main objective of this course is to provide the participants with an understanding of the evolution of track technology, with the knowledge to assess the track response when subjected to thermal and train loads (including track buckling), and with simple methods to analyze the various track components.

This knowledge is needed for the design and maintenance of freight and transit tracks. It is a necessary guide for the establishment of track maintenance and safety standards. It also provides background material for track engineers, roadmasters, supervisors of track maintenance gangs, track inspectors, and investigators of track related accidents.

Another aim of this course is to familiarize the participants with the track specifications and maintenance practices of railroads in the United States and abroad, for wooden and concrete tie tracks.
Participants will be expected to be familiar with elementary mechanics of materials. The class presentations are directed toward the solution of practical railway engineering problems related to track design, construction, and maintenance. Track problems posed by the class members will be discussed.

These courses are independent of each other, but complimentary, and may be taken in any order. Participants completing each course will receive a certificate of participation showing three Continuing Education Units (CEUs) awarded for the course.

Who should attend

All courses are intended for railroad engineers of freight, industrial, inter-urban, and transit railroads, for engineering consultants, and for others who are working, or planning to work on the design, construction, and maintenance of tracks, track components, track maintenance machines and rolling stock. The courses should also be of interest to track inspectors and employees of federal and state DOT’s and of the Armed Forces, who are working on railroad problems.