Principles of Metro System

The course objective is to build up know-how of the activities and equipment needed to guarantee the safety, the control and the monitoring of train and metro movements.

Principles of Metro System
Course Level
Type of Course

No prerequisites or pre-knowledge necessary

Your benefits
  • Acquire a sound knowledge of the principles of railway / metro systems and the interdependencies of the different systems
  • Broaden your understanding of the rules and requirements of operating a passenger railway by examining different types of international railway operation systems 
  • Gain valuable insights into how to move railway and metro vehicles efficiently and safely

Course content
Railway and metro systems play a crucial role in daily transportation worldwide moving millions of people around. Consequently, a key to success is understanding how the different operation systems function and where interdependencies lie. To be able to move railway and metro vehicles efficiently and safely it is important to know which equipment and activities are required to guarantee the safety, the control and the monitoring of train and metro movements, and which rules apply. 

This course provides you with a comprehensive overview of the principles of railway and metro systems in terms of operations. You will get an insight into the operation of a heavy railway / metro system and the independences of the different systems. By examining various international examples, you will learn about the characteristics, elements and benefits of the components of rail and metro transport as well as widen your technical terminology.

  • Differences between the different modes of operation
  • Safety Management System of a Railway / Metro System: criteria and characteristics
  • Rules & regulations, definitions and technical terminology
  • Technical characteristics of rail and metro transport and typical market segments served by passenger rail systems
  • Benefits of rail passenger transport systems
  • Organizational Frameworks: Integrated railroads, Infrastructure managers, train operating companies and contracting agencies
  • Elements of a Rail System: tracks, stations, vehicles
  • Operation Control Centers, signaling of metro, intermittent and continuous train control
  • Communication-based train control
  • Overview of subsystems of train control function
  • Dependencies between rolling stock, infrastructure components and signaling systems
  • Benefits of rail systems for mobility, environment and spatial development
Due to the ongoing COVID19 pandemic we currently do not have a fixed date for this classroom course. If you are interested in this course, please contact us via email: so we can plan the next steps with you.

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