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- 10 Jul 2023
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Upon successful completion of this subject, the students should be able to:
- Identify the types of turnouts, and their main components, which are commonly used in a suburban network so that the infrastructure engineer can install and maintain turnouts appropriately.
- List the applications, advantages and disadvantages of those types of turnouts to help ensure informed choice of turnout for a particular application.
- Diagnose defects in those commonly used turnouts using applicable rail standards to assist with determining appropriate rectification of those defects.
- Explain the appropriate selection of turnout properties.
- Describe turnout operation, performance and technology in different operating conditions.
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In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:
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Railway traffic does not simply travel from one place to another along the same single piece of track. In an urban network of rail lines, trains travel in all sorts of directions depending upon customer demand and availability of rollingstock. As a result, rail tracks are required to cross some tracks, and to merge with or diverge from others. This is particularly true where lines converge in population centres, city centres and marshalling yards. There are many types and forms of track crossings, a vast array of methods for merging or diverging trains, and a bewildering range of different types of terminology used to describe these track structures. In this subject those structures are known as turnouts and crossings, and you will be provided with foundational information about their design, defects, operation, maintenance, and terms used; the subject will expose you to some of their specialised applications. The subject is located early in your course and does not require detailed track knowledge, though a familiarity with the components comprising railway track would be an advantage in your study.
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