Railway Engineering & Design


February 21, 2017 8:15 am - February 24, 2017 4:30 am

Railway Engineering & Design

  • Edmonton, Alberta, February 21, 2017
  • Calgary, Alberta February 24, 2017 (8:15 am – 4:30 pm)


This course will cover railway engineering fundamentals with emphasis on application to layout and design. (This workshop gives an overview of conventional railroad track and touches on advanced track engineering for intercity passenger rail and Light rail transit. Recent engineering knowledge and concepts in both track and pavement technology to minimize deflection, improve ride smoothness, and optimize life-cycle cost will be covered.) Through step by step engineering approach and technical illustrations, instructor will empower/guide participants to solve track work problems – faster, cheaper and better – by understanding railway engineering and design.

It is not the intent of the course to present the findings of any particular theoretical research, but only address the development of track support systems and track components to design track with the highest performance within given cost constraints.

This course is designed for civil engineers with limited exposure to the railway industry and without a formal railway background. It is also for engineers with qualifications in other areas who are now working within the railway industry. Experienced Railway Engineers can benefit from Mr. Budisa’ s vast experience in the use of the latest design methodologies.

Course Instructor: Miodrag Budisa, M.Sc. P.Eng.; EURAIL-ING

Mr. Budisa is one of the leading railway engineers in the United States and Canada, with expertise in the supervision of railway design/construction specializing in light rail transit LRT, Heavy Rail, commuter rail, high speed rail, freight rail and railroad intermodal yards. He has more than 25 years of experience in railway engineering, design and construction, and is experienced in the preparation of conceptual plans and railway operation capacity modeling and analyses; and in intermodal yard and vehicle maintenance shop facility designs. He is very knowledgeable in TC, FRA, AREMA, FTA, transit agency and railroad company standards and criteria.

Miodrag has published numerous research papers and has presented his work at many conferences to organizations such as TRB, AREMA, US Army Corps of Engineers, University of Illinois and with several European Railway Associations.


Basic Track I and Basic Track II


  • Track Structure • Ballast, Ties, Fasteners and Rails; Upgrade and Drainage
  • Special Track Work; Highway-rail Grade Crossings
  • Yards, Terminals, and Intermodal Facilities.

Railway Track Design Part I and Railway Track Alignment Design


  • Track Structure; Structural Track Design; Design Steps
  • Subgrade and Drainage, allowable Stress
  • Ballast, Ties, Fasteners, and Rails analysis and design
  • Highway–rail Grade Crossings
  • Design Standards criteria and approaches
  • Track Loads; Track Stability and Longitudinal Forces
  •  Railway Alignment Design
  •  Case Study

LRT and Commuter Rail Introduction


  • LRT Design
  • Engineering and Track Structure for LRT
  • LRT/Commuter Alignment Design
  • Special Track Work; Traction Power Systems
  • Crossings
  • Transit Yard Facilities Design; Terminals and Stations
  • Case Study


Provides an overview of train control systems including railroad operations, rail industry classifications, operating
fundamentals, and train simulations modeling.


  • Signaling and Train Control
  • Basic Operation Principles
  • Capacity
  • Basics of Automatic Block and Interlocking Systems