Single-Course English 5 ECTS

Railway Technology and Operations: from initial idea to operating railway

Overall Course Objectives

This course offers technical knowledge of railways that is useful in the planning and management of railway operations. The course provides theoretical and practical knowledge including mathematical methods and industry-specific computer applications typical for the planning of rail traffic.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the technical components and operating characteristics of railways, such as track, signals, and trains
  • Describe current important concerns and trends in railway management
  • Summarize the available literature and data sources for railways
  • Calculate train motion and minimum train separation (headways)
  • Create a timetable for a railway service and explain the parameters and decisions required
  • Calculate the punctuality of railway lines from historic data or simulation
  • Evaluate the capacity of a railway line and explain how capacity and timetable influence punctuality
  • Build a model of a railway infrastructure and analyze this using “OpenTrack” computer software
  • Present technical problems of railways – orally and in written form

Course Content

Particular conditions for railways – including an introduction to train control on railways, infrastructure elements, signalling systems and timetabling as well as evaluation of the capacity and regularity of timetables. The course leads to more specialized courses within railways.

Teaching Method

The course is organized with lectures, self-tuition, exercises and field trips and self-studies. Project work in groups of 3-4 students.
Guest students from abroad are encouraged and welcome



Research group: Production, Transportation and Planning
Mandatory course: Mobility, Transport, and Logistics 4. semester

Special excursions and tours are offered as budget and external support allow. Some years there may be exciting tours, sometimes outside Denmark.

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13 weeks


Engineering Technology


DTU Ballerup Campus

Course code 62622
Course type Graduate Engineer
Semester start Week 5
Semester end Week 19
Days Thurs 13-17

7.500,00 DKK