Rail Courseware

The Transportation Learning Center (the Center) organizes multiple national training consortia to develop standards-based national training courseware for frontline occupations in public transportation organizations.

Rail courseware is currently organized into three broad categories - “Rail Car Training Consortium Materials”, “Signals Training Consortium Materials”, and “Traction Power Training Consortium Materials”. Materials are based on the national rail vehicle maintenance training standards, rail signals maintenance training standards, and traction power maintenance training standards published by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).  Courseware Development Teams (CDTs), comprised of subject matter experts and instructional designers, hold regular webinars, site visits and in-person meetings to produce these materials.

Please use the navigation on the right to locate courseware of your interest. Access to full downloads and technical assistance for training and apprenticeship implementation is provided to members in good standing. Please contact our staff members listed under each consortium for information on membership.

100 Level Courses

Course TP100: Overview, General Safety, and Regulations of Traction Power Systems

Tags: traction powertoolsstandard practicessafetyregulatory authorityppe for traction maintainersoverviewintroductionhistory of traction power

This course will offer an overview of the basics of traction power systems, review major safety concerns and safety standards, cover the federal agencies that regulate health and safety for traction power, and identify the common tools used for traction power maintainers.

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Course TP101: Introduction to Traction Power Distribution and Control Systems

Tags: transfomertraction powerscadarectifierpower distributionintroductionenergy storage system

This course introduces new traction power maintainers to an overview of the traction power system from power distribution to control systems.

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Course TP102: Introduction to Substations

Tags: traction powersubstationssubstationintroduction


This course is developed to introduce the concept of a traction power substation and the functions of how substations generate and transmit power to the mode of transportation.

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Course TP103: Introduction to Overhead Systems

Tags: traction poweroverhead systemoverhead line systemoverheadline systemlinecontact systemcatenary system

This course will present an introduction for participants into what an overhead line system is, what components make up an OCS infrastructure, and what major principles help OCS function properly. The class focuses on the primary functions of each listed OCS component and how the principles of operation act within an OCS as both individually and a whole system.

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Course TP104: Introduction to Third Rail Systems

Tags: traction powerthird rail systemsthird railintroduction


This course will be an introduction to the design, functions and features of a third rail system for traction power maintainers. Not every agency will have a third rail system, but this course will be utilized for those that operate solely with third power power or have a combination of traction power methods.

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