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RAIL 0116 - Introduction to Railway Infrastructure

Railway Part-time Studies Course

School of Transportation

BCIT is planning for a substantial return to on-campus activity for the Winter 2022 term as informed by BC Provincial Health Officer guidelines. Refer to each course listing for details.

Course Details

This course will give learners a basic knowledge of the railways’ main infrastructure aspects (track, freight railcars, locomotives and their maintenance), as well as an introduction to the specific Canadian Railway Operating Rules and how they impact major functions within railway operations.



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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • Describe basic components of freight rail cars, locomotive & track and their maintenance.
  • Describe the use of radios on railways.
  • Explain the purpose of the Canadian Railway Operating Rules and other railway documentation.
  • Explain the purpose of railway signals.
  • Explain safety factors while in a railway yard.
  • Demonstrate basic safety procedures around freight equipment in a railway yard.

Effective as of Winter 2017


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