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This seminar provides a comprehensive overview for those who are new to track maintenance and refresher to those who already have experience.

Course Outline
After participating in this course, you will be able to:
  • gain enhanced awareness of maintenance and rehabilitation methods
  • explore the use of geo-textile for subgrade problems
  • evaluate track deterioration phenomenon, its measurement system and the use of improved rail
  • review pros and cons of maintenance and rehabilitation options
  • select ballast, deal with subgrade problems and select maintenance and rehabilitation methods and their mechanization
  • avail of the advancements in computer modelling of the various aspects of railway tracks

Railway track maintenance and rehabilitation is essential for safety and needs the knowledge of performance requirements, ballast selection, ties, subgrade problems, why they occur and how they are remedied. This seminar provides a comprehensive overview for those who are new to track maintenance and refresher to those who already have experience.


To assist participants increase safety, operating efficiency at reduced cost through effective maintenance and rehabilitation.

Who Should Attend

Railroad personnel in charge of railway line maintenance and rehabilitation; industrial track maintenance personnel; plant engineers; consultants; contractors; maintenance of way suppliers; federal government officials responsible for rail transportation; transportation planners and railway/transit decision makers.

Program Outline

Day I

8:30 Registration and Coffee

8:50 Welcome, Introduction, Seminar Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method

9:00  Introduction to Track Structure

  • Evolution of track structure
  • Rails
  • Ties and fasteners
  • Ballast and subgrade
10:00 Refreshments and Networking

10:30 Track Deterioration and Failure

  • Traffic loading
  • Deterioration
  • Sudden failure modes
11:30 Lunch

12:30 Improved Rail

  • Increasing Axle loading
  • Continuous Welded Rail (CWR)
  • Rail lubrication
  • Grinding Programs
  • Rail Head hardening (premium rails)
  • Railwear and fatigue
2:00  Refreshments and Networking

2:15  Track Measurement Vehicles

  • Track geometry measurement vehicles
  • Rail test cars
  • Rail profile measurement systems
  • Cross tie measurement systems
3:00  Selection of Ballast

3:45 Solving Subgrade Problems

  • Methods of investigation
  • Renovation procedures
4:45 Contracted Maintenance and Rehabilitation Discussion
  • How and when to contract maintenance and rehabilitation
5:30 Adjournment

Day II

8:30 Evaluation of Various Types of Ties

  • Wood, concrete and steel ties and their behaviour over their life cycle
9:30 Maintenance and Rehabilitation Methods
  • Cost perspectives
  • Component cost
  • Annual cost perspective
  • Track lining and surfacing
  • Fouled ballast alternatives
  • Tie and rail replacement
10:30 Refreshments and Networking

10:45 Maintenance of Gang Production Systems

11:30 Lunch

12:30  Geotextile Applications for Railway Problems

  • How to select a geotextile
  • When to use a geotextile
  • Slope protection
1:15 Environmental Issues

2:00  Refreshments and Networking

2:15  Track Maintenance

2:50 Project Management for Maintenance of Way

3:30 Railroad Track Maintenance Management System

  • Track recordkeeping system
  • Track degradation modelling
  • Forecasting rail fatigue life and replacement
  • A computerized system to manage railroad maintenance
  • Overview of the system and computer demonstration
  • Use of maintenance planning models
4:15 Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

4:30 Final Adjournment


Mr. Larry Shughart specializes in performance management, economic analysis, network operations, engineering, and strategic planning. He serves as lead consultant on engagements supporting asset utilization, service scheduling, performance improvement, operations management, strategic analyses, due diligence, and opportunities assessments. Shughart served as Lead Economist in completing a comprehensive operations and financial analysis of the proposed 2,600 km rail link between Alaska and Canada and submitted an expert report on behalf of Amtrak in a case before the U.S. District Court of Columbia. Shughart has also forecasted and analyzed land-side access, service, and capacity to support valuation studies of a number of port facilities. For three years, Shughart was a Principal at CRA International in Boston where he was engaged on a variety of projects for industry, governments and law firms. He has coauthored expert testimony in support of a national railroad labor arbitration hearing, managed a litigation dispute between a rail car manufacturer and a Class I railroad, and served as the lead advisor to the Province of British Columbia on matters relating to the restructuring and privatization of BC Rail. Shughart also provided expert advice and recommendations related to Amtrak passenger train scheduling and operations in support of the U.S. DOT Office of Inspector General. Prior to joining CRA, Shughart worked for 14 years at CSX Corporation in a variety of areas, including economic analysis, intermodal network planning, performance improvement, locomotive operations, strategy, service design, finance, operations research, and engineering. Prior to CSX, Shughart worked in the shortline industry. His academic experience includes membership on the engineering department advisory board at the University of Florida and research support for the M.I.T. Center for Transportation Studies. Shughart also served as a professor of economics at the University of North Florida and has guest lectured at other universities.

Prerequisites & Certificates

To benefit most from this course, you should have at least a limited knowledge of track design and maintenance practices.

Certificates offered

1.2 CEU / 12 PDH

Cancellation Policy
To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
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Our instructor, Stephen Lamming, was outstanding and a true expert in his field. He was able to complement the technical air monitoring information with practical real life examples which was highly beneficial. He is an excellent communicator and was highly interactive with the course attendees. This course was recommended to me because Stephen Lamming does an outstanding job. I was very impressed with this course and have subsequently recommended it to my colleagues.
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