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April 2-3, 2019
Tuesday 9:00am – 5:00pm and Wednesday 9:00am – 2:00pm
University of Delaware
Newark Campus
(1.2 ceu’s or 12 professional development hours awarded for full participation)

This 12 hour course will help you become a leader in addressing critical issues surrounding rail safety.  This professional development course addresses the engineering issues associated with common types of derailments, including track, equipment and operator derailments. Specific failure mechanisms linked to key classes of derailments will be discussed – and you will learn about the technologies available for reducing these types of derailments. How to conduct a derailment investigation will also be addressed. 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Designed for practicing railroad and transit engineers, plus rail and transit safety supervisors who are responsible for the derailment investigation and the introduction of improved safety  and derailment prevention practices.  The course is relevant for engineers and safety personnel from rail carriers as well as state departments of transportation and corporate offices involved with rail commodity transportation.

The following topics will be discussed:

  • Introduction to railroads and railroad systems
  • Overview of railroad safety
  • Derailment categories and investigations
  • Rail-related derailments: rail fatigue; rail defects; wear, bolted rail derailments, welded failures
  • CWR-related derailments, such as track buckling
  • Track geometry related derailments: track standards; dynamic wheel rail forces; combined causes and vehicle/track interactions; wheel climb; safety limits; high c.g. loads (ATS&F); non-uniform/uneven loading
  • Turnout-related derailments
  • Other track-related derailments: causes, mechanisms, and prevention (ties and fasteners, other)
  • Wheel-related derailments: overheated wheel and thermal cracks; wheel fractures; wheel inspection
  • Other mechanical causes of derailments – causes, mechanisms, and prevention: axles and bearings (hot box and acoustic bearing detection); trucks and truck components; brakes; other
  • Operating-related derailments: human factors; train make-up and operations

This course will enable you to:

  • Understand the causes and issues associated with derailments for freight railroads, passenger railways, and transit systems
  • Gain practical knowledge in critical areas of rail maintenance to mitigate the risk of derailments
  • Learn how to improve the detection of rail fatigue and defects, thereby reducing the risk of broken rail derailments
  • Recognize problems associated with rail maintenance
  • Identify ways to address those problems in the safest ways
  • Interact and share experiences with other rail industry colleagues

Individual Registrations: $795/person
Group Registrations (for 3 or more from the same company): 15% discount

  • Program Fee includes course handouts, continental breakfasts, and University parking.
  • Enrollment Deadline: March 18, 2019
  • Cancellations and Substitutions: Refunds will be granted if the request is received in writing by March 29, 2019. Substitutions are permitted up through the first day of the course.
  • Registration Confirmation: A confirmation e-mail will be sent 5-7 days prior to the start of the program and will include directions to campus/parking.
  • 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.
  • Hotel Recommendations:
    •  Courtyard by Marriott– UD Campus Hotel – 400 Pencader Way, Newark, DE, 1-302-737-0900 
    • 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. Zarembski, PhD, P.E., FASME, Hon. Mbr. of AREMA is  Professor of Practice and Director of the Railroad Engineering and Safety Program at the University of Delaware. An internationally recognized authority in the fields of track and vehicle/track system analysis, railway component failure analysis, railroad safety, 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 as Director R&D of 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 AAR’s Track Train Dynamics Program, and has presented numerous railroad engineering short courses throughout the U.S. and worldwide.

Author or co-author of more than 200 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.