The University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Basic Railroad Track Maintenance

When - Where

June 18, 19, 2018

(8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time)
NTRC (2nd floor meeting room)
2360 Cherahala Blvd.
Knoxville, TN  37932
Tel: 865-946-1500 for directions

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What this is about


This workshop provides two days of classroom instruction on basic track maintenance practices, with an emphasis on shortline, branchline, and industrial freight track of FRA Class 1 or 2 (25 mph or less). The course presents the basic elements of railroad track, identifies maintenance issues, presents principles of maintenance planning, and discusses maintenance approaches suited for this type of track. Focus areas include drainage, turnouts and track crossings, crossties, continuous welded rail, and track geometry.


David B. Clarke, Ph.D., P.E.

Dr. Clarke is the Director the Center for Transportation Research and a research associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Tennessee. His over 30 years of experience encompass a variety of railroad related design, inspection, research and education activities. He has taught railway related courses including this one, to college students and professionals since 1990. Dr. Clarke is well versed in the Federal Track Safety Standards covered in this course, and is frequently engaged as an expert to assess track conditions. As a licensed civil engineer, Dr. Clarke prepares specifications and designs for railroad track construction and maintenance. He is a licensed civil engineer in South Carolina and Tennessee and is active in AREMA, ASCE and TRB.

Who Should Attend

Persons with responsibility for or interest in track maintenance will benefit from this class. These include shortline, regional, and Class I railroads; transit railroads; railroad contractors and consultants; state and local government agencies associated with railroad operation, finance, and regulation; and consultants.


Workshop begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m. each day.


The course registration of $495 includes workshop materials and refreshments. Registration fees must be received at least two weeks prior to the workshop to guarantee your place in the class.

Attendees are responsible for meals and lodging. Registrants will be provided information on available lodging in the workshop vicinity.

PDHs Available

12 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) are available for those completing the course. All attendees who successfully finish the course receive a certificate of completion.

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