Clarke, David B. Center for Transportation Research, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee.
Last reviewed:January 2020
- Characteristics of Rail Transportation
- Types of railway systems
- Track Structure
- Track systems
- Track components
- Track geometry
- Turnouts and track crossings
- Bridges and tunnels
- Signal and control systems
- Terminals and facilities
- Railway Location
- Types of location studies
- Location principles
- Tools aiding the location process
- Economic analysis of alternatives
- Related Primary Literature
- Additional Reading
Railway engineering addresses the planning, design, construction, operations, and maintenance of rail transportation systems. The practice includes aspects of civil, mechanical, environmental, electrical, computer, and industrial engineering. Railway engineers typically have backgrounds in civil or mechanical engineering, and rely on specialists in other disciplines to assist as necessary.
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