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Insight into Rollingstock Engineering Course 2021

April 29, 2021 - April 30, 2021

Image of a freight train in rural Australia

The Railway Technical Society of Australasia (RTSA) will conduct the Insight into Rollingstock Engineering course in Sydney in April 2021.

Day 1: Thursday 29th April 2021, 12:00-5:00pm AEST, Sydney NSW

Day 2: Friday 30th April 2021, 08:30-5:00pm AEST, Sydney NSW

This 1.5-day introductory course will provide an insight into the principles used in the design, manufacture and maintenance of railway rollingstock including locomotives, passenger cars, multiple unit trains and freight wagons. Presenters are Engineering Consultants and members of the RTSA. This is a great opportunity to learn direct from experienced engineers who have each worked in the rail industry for over 40 years.

This course is designed for those new to the industry and those required to liaise with rail engineers involved with rollingstock acquisition, operation and whole of life support projects as well as the interface between each of the operating systems.

This course was previously offered jointly with the Australasian Railway Association (ARA); employees of ARA members and RTSA members are eligible for the member rate.

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Course Fee

  • ARA/RTSA members – $1,240
  • Non-members – $1,620

Course Speakers

John Watsford BSc (Elec Eng), FIE Aust, Life Member RTSA, Engineering Consultant
Ian Rossow BTech Elect, MIE Aust, Engineering Consultant
Colin Butcher OAM, BSC (Mech Eng),  FIE Aust, Engineering Consultant

Course Program

Type of Rollingstock
Why use rail; Gauge; Locomotives; Passenger; Freight

Rollingstock Dynamics – Adhesion
Wheel/Rail Interface; Tractive Effort; Design

Springs; Powered Bogies; Trailer Bogies; Other –Rack, Tilting; Wheelsets

Diesel Elec Loco Design – Engines – AC/DC –Auxiliaries
Selection of loco type; Traction and Control Systems; Auxiliaries; Cabs

Freight Wagons
Types; Dimensions and capacities; Materials; Couplers

Passenger Rollingstock – Types
Service speed; Loco hauled; Push-pull; EMU; DMU; Single-Double deck

Passenger Rollingstock – Design
Body construction; Definitions; Passenger areas; Bogie type; Fire safety; Tunnel operation

Passenger Rollingstock – Devices
Types of motor drive; Diesel; Control systems

Braking Systems
Concepts; Types; Air System; Control Equipment; Performance

Railway Safety
Rail Safety Act; RISSB Codes of Practice; OH&S; Effects of Operation; Safe working

Management of Risk
Risk Management; Mitigation; Registration of rollingstock

Whole of Life Asset Management; Maintenance planning; Maintenance strategies

Support Services
Facilities; Staffing; Inventory control

Wheel/Race Interface; Signalling; Supply; Environmental; Communications; Train Crew Interface


April 29, 2021
April 30, 2021
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