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August 16 & 17, 2017
Wednesday 9:00 – 5:00 and Thursday 9:00 – 3:00
University of Delaware
Newark Campus
(1.4 ceu’s or 14 professional development hours awarded for full participation)

A two-day Short Course intended for Practicing Engineers, Planners and Operating Officials. This course will also be of benefit to Graduate Students intending to enter the Passenger Railway Industry. The focus is on the relationship between the engineering configuration of railway systems and operating efficiency and performance.

The Railroad Engineering and Safety program at the University of Delaware is housed within the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and offers courses to undergraduate, graduate, and professional & continuing education students. To learn more, please visit: http://railroadengineering.engr.udel.edu/ or contact our Professional Engineering Outreach office by calling 302-831-8302 or emailing enggoutreach@udel.edu today.

Session 1.1 Introduction and Objectives

  1. Operational Performance as Design Criteria (The role of “operations” during design is extensive)
  2. Description of Engineering Systems comprising a passenger railway.
    • Right of Way, Track, Train Control, Vehicles, traction power.
    • Integration of systems.

Session 1.2

  1. Categorization of Rail modes by Systems, (Rapid Transit, Light Rail, Streetcar, Regional Rail).
  2. Categorization by Regulatory Authority (FRA, FTA, or shared)
  3. Operational characteristics by mode (scheduling philosophy, performance measures).

Session 1.3 Track Work for Passenger Railways

  1. Basic Components and Loads
  2. Efficient Design/Life Cycle Costs
  3. Maintenance and Safety Standards (Application of FRA to transit, with prudence)
  4. Vehicle Integration. Cylindrical wheels, axle-less wheels (low floor LRV’s), PCC/resilient wheels, articulation, vehicle end excess/center excess.

Session 2.1 Capacity and Train Control

  1. Capacity on a linear guideway (way capacity v. total line capacity, concept of time-distance diagrams/stringline).
  2. Line of Sight Operation, (safe train separation, the general relationship between operating speed and capacity).
  3. Primary purposes of Train Control (Safety of train separation and of train routing).
  4. Secondary Purposes (broken rail protection, train location, right of way integrity.
  5. Philosophies of fixed vs. moving block control.

Session 2.2 Fixed Block Train Control  

  1. Safe Braking Distance (SBD)
  2. Fixed Blocks
  3. Interlockings (functions, safety requirements, railroad “traffic”)
  4. Interlocking capacity (a function of both interlocking configuration and service schedules).
  5. Clear vs. “Degraded” capacity (the Newark to New York “highline” and other lines scheduled to a “reasonable” capacity maximum.

Session 2.3  Stations, Terminals, and Practical Line Capacity

  1. Station Capacity (a function of configuration and operating practices)
  2. Terminals
  3. Practical v. Theoretical capacity (e.g. human factors)
  4. Total Line capacity, capacity limiting points

Session 2.4  The “Fluidity” of a Railway (maintaining capacity)

  1. Fluidity based in total systems integration including operating practices.
  2. Stations, vehicle configuration
  3. Operational “methods” of mitigating congestion
  4. Case Studies
    • Hudson-Bergen (Liberty State Park and DeKalb Interlocking designs)
    • BMT (historic, Essex Street and 36th Street)
    • WMATA (the Rosslyn, Virginia capacity constraint)
    • HBLR (Express operations, why and how)
    • BMT (historic @ Bowery) and LIRR (current terminal “turn time”  criteria)

Registration is now closed. Please let us know if you would be interested in future offerings.

Program Fee includes extensive course notes; continental breakfasts, and all breaks. Lunches are not provided; however, Newark offers convenient options.

  • Individual Registrations:  $795/person
  • Group Registrations (for 3 or more from the same company):  $695/person
  • Enrollment Deadline: August 1, 2017
  • Cancellations and Substitutions: Refunds will be granted if the request is received in writing by July 15, 2017. Substitutions are permitted up through the first day of the course.
  • Accommodations & Transportation: Participants are responsible for making their own housing and transportation arrangements. Air transportation should be arranged to either Philadelphia or Baltimore airport. Amtrak runs through Wilmington, DE and also has limited stops in Newark, DE.

Call early and ask if the University of Delaware affiliated hotel rates are available for the dates you are requesting from the following hotels: Courtyard by Marriott– UD Campus Hotel – 400 Pencader Way, Newark, DE, 1-302-737-0900 The following are each less than two miles from campus: Embassy Suites, Newark – 654 S. College Ave., Newark, DE. 1-302-368-8000 Homewood Suites – 640 S. College Ave., Newark, DE, 1-855-605-0320

Allan M. ZarembskiPhD, P.E., FASME, Hon. Mbr. of AREMA joined the University of Delaware faculty as Research Professor and Founding Director of UD’s Railroad Engineering and Safety Program in 2012. An internationally recognized authority in the fields of track and vehicle/track system analysis, railway component failure analysis, track strength, and maintenance planning, Dr. Zarembski founded and served as President of ZETA-TECH Associates, Inc., a technical consulting and applied technology company in 1984, now an independent business unit of Harsco Rail. Prior to that, he had served in R&D positions with Pandrol, Inc. and Speno Rail Services Co., and was Manager of Track Research for the Association of American Railroads. He has also served as Deputy Director of the ASME’s Track Train Dynamics Program, and has presented numerous railroad engineering short courses throughout the U.S.

Author or co-author of more than 170 technical papers, 120 technical articles, and two books published by Simmons Boardman Books, Dr. Zarembski’s work and expertise have been recognized with numerous honors, including being named an honorary member of AREMA, and receiving both the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Rail Transportation Award in 1992, and the U.S. Federal Railroad Administration’s Special Act Award in 2001. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and is a registered Professional Engineer in five states. Dr. Zarembski earned the MA and PhD in Civil Engineering from Princeton University, and the MS in Engineering Mechanics and BS in Aeronautics and Astronautics from New York University.

Alfred Fazio has 40 years experience 
in freight and passenger 
rail. Born in Brooklyn, Al’s favorite transit system is the New York City Subway. He has worked for Amtrak, New Jersey Transit’s RiverLINE, and the Twenty 
First Century Rail located in Northern New Jersey, and has a particular expertise in DBOM models. Al holds a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from Villanova University, a Master’s in Environmental Engineering from Drexel University, a Master’s in Applied Mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania, and is a registered Professional Engineer. He is a member of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) as well as the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). He has also served as a member of the Engineering faculty at the U.S. Naval Academy and at Widener University.