Rail Courseware

Rail courseware is currently organized into three broad categories - “Rail Vehicle Maintenance”, “Signals Maintenance” and “Traction Power Maintenance”.

Rail Vehicle Maintenance courseware falls under various subject areas (couplers, car body, etc.) that match those of the National Training Standards.

We are currently collecting courseware for Signals and Traction Power Maintenance categories. Contents will be updated in the near future.

Please use the navigation on the right to locate courseware of your interest.

Rail Vehicle Maintenance

Click on one of the titles below for full description and downloadable files. You may also choose a module in the navigation on the right to view all associated courseware.

Rail Vehicle Sub-System Primers

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​These materials provide a very preliminary introduction to the sub-systems of rail vehicles. These primers were developed with subject matter experts as part of the TCRP E-7 Project. Note that these primers will be expanded on and developed into instruction-ready courseware packets as part of the Rail Vehicle Training Consortium.

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Rail Car Train-the-Trainer

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​​​This Train-the-Trainer course teaches basic adult learning principles using the context of the consortium developed courseware.

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Tracking Tools for On-the-Job Learning (Mentor/Supervisor Checklists, Learning Matrices, etc.)

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A collection of the tools that can be used to track learner progress in On-the-Job Training (OJT) through a rail car apprenticeship program or a structured training program.

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Course 100: Introduction and Overview of Rail Vehicle Systems, Operation and Maintenance

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Course 100, Introduction and Overview of Rail Vehicle Systems, Operation and Maintenance course is to assist the participant in orientation to rail vehicles as well as general inspection and maintenance practices. This course is organized into five modules: 1. Introduction to the Rail Vehicle 2. Vehicle Worker Protection and Shop Safety 3. Introduction to Resources 4. Introduction to Rail Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance 5. Introduction to Rail Vehicle Systems.

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Course 300 Principles of Troubleshooting and Diagnostics

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Course 300, Principles of Troubleshooting and Diagnostics, presents participants with an orientation to troubleshooting best practices. This course is organized into three modules: 1. Principles of Troubleshooting, 2. Troubleshooting Electrical-Electronic Systems, 3. Monitoring and Diagnostics.

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Course 102: Introduction and Overview to Truck Systems

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Course 102, Introduction and Overview to Truck Systems, provides participants with an overview to the principles of trucks and their major components. The course is designed so that instructors can engage participants in a series of activities that help them prepare for work on trucks in a rail vehicle maintenance facility. Course content is supplemented with instructional videos and real-world application of the course content to their work. This course is organized into five modules: Overview, Suspension, Gearboxes, Wheels and Axles, and Tools.

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Course 103: Introduction and Overview to Propulsion and Dynamic Braking Systems

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Course 103, Introduction and Overview to Propulsion and Dynamic Braking Systems, is a five-module course that provides participants with an overview to the principles of propulsion systems as they prepare to work on those systems in a transit rail maintenance facility. NOTE: Module 2 is dedicated to AC motors and Module 3 to DC motors. The course instructor can choose to use one or both of these modules depending on their training needs. As such, this course has pre-course and post-course assessments for either of the two topics. Please contact Xinge Wang at the Transportation Learning Center for more information regarding the delivery of this course.

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Course 203: Inspection and Maintenance of Propulsion and Dynamic Braking Systems

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Course 203, Inspection and Maintenance of Propulsion and Dynamic Braking Systems, provides participants with an the essential steps in inspecting and maintaining propulsion systems as well as preparing to work on those systems in a transit rail car maintenance facility. This course has three modules and comes with 45 minutes of video demonstration of inspection of a rail vehicle’s propulsion and dynamic braking systems.

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Course 303: Troubleshooting Propulsion and Dynamic Braking Systems

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Course 303, Troubleshooting Propulsion and Dynamic Braking Systems, is a one-module course that provides participants with the essential steps to approach troubleshooting propulsion and dynamic braking systems on U.S. transit light and heavy rail vehicles. NOTE: This course can be taught with focus on AC traction motors or as DC traction motors. The course instructor can choose to use one or both of these sections depending on their training needs. As such, this course has pre-course and post-course assessments for either of the two topics. Please contact Xinge Wang at the Transportation Learning Center for more information regarding the delivery of this course

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Course 104: Introduction and Overview to APS and Battery Systems

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​Course 104, Introduction and Overview to APS and Battery Systems, is a five-module course that provides participants with an overview to the principles of APS and battery systems and prepares to work on those systems in a transit rail car maintenance facility.

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Course 204: Inspection and Maintenance of APS and Battery Systems

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​Course 204, Inspection and Maintenance of APS and Battery Systems, is a three-module course that provides steps for participants to follow when inspecting and maintaining APS & Battery systems on transit rail cars. NOTE: This course does not have quizzes for each of its three modules.There are, however, pre- and post-assessment quizzes to be administered before and after the course.

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Course 304: Troubleshooting APS and Battery Systems

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Course 304, Troubleshooting and Repair of Auxiliary Power Supply and Battery Systems, is a two-module course that provides participants with the essential steps in approaching troubleshooting and repair of APS and battery systems on U.S. transit light and heavy rail cars.

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Course 105: Introduction and Overview to Friction Braking Systems

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This course presents an overview of the principles of friction braking systems and their major components to prepare the new maintenance technician for work on those systems. Course participants engage in a series of activities that help them prepare to work on friction brakes in a maintenance facility for passenger rail cars. Content is supplemented with examples to support participants’ successful application of the course content to their work. This course is organized into six modules. Please note that Module 2 is specific to pneumatic braking and Module 3 to hydraulic braking. The course instructor may choose to use one or both of these modules depending on their training needs.

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Course 205: Inspection and Maintenance of Friction Braking Systems

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This course provides participants with the essential steps for inspecting and maintaining friction brakes on transit rail cars.Course participants engage in a series of activities that help them prepare to work on friction brakes in a maintenance facility for passenger rail cars. Content is supplemented with examples to support participants’ successful application of the course content to their work. This course is organized into six modules. Please note that Module 2 is specific to pneumatic braking and Module 3 to hydraulic braking. The course instructor may choose to use one or both of these modules depending on their training needs.

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Course 305: Troubleshooting Friction Braking Systems

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Course 305, Troubleshooting Friction Braking Systems, provides participants with the essential steps to approach troubleshooting and repair of friction braking systems on U.S. transit light and heavy rail vehicles. Course participants engage in a series of activities that help them prepare to troubleshoot friction brakes on passenger rail cars. This course is organized into four modules. Please note that Module 1 is specific to pneumatic braking and Module 2 to hydraulic braking. The course instructor may choose to use one or both of these modules depending on their training needs.

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Course 106: Introduction and Overview of HVAC Systems

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Course 106:Introduction and Overview of HVAC Systems is to provide participants with an orientation to rail car HVAC basic principles and key components. This course is organized into three modules: 1. Overview of Rail Car HVAC and General Safety Procedures 2. Background Knowledge 3. Tools

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Course 206: Inspection and Maintenance of HVAC Systems

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Rail Vehicle Course 206: Inspection and Maintenance of HVAC Systems provides participants with the essential knowledge and skills in inspecting and maintaining HVAC systems on U.S. transit light and heavy rail cars. This course is organized into four modules: 1. Motors 2. Refrigerant Handling 3. Refrigeration Components 4. Heaters, HVAC and Electronic Control

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Course 306: Troubleshooting of HVAC Systems

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Course 306: Troubleshooting of HVAC Systems provides an overview to troubleshooting HVAC systems on railcars within the context of general troubleshooting and best practices. There is only one module for Course 306.

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Course 107: Introduction and Overview to Current Collection

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​Course 107, Introduction and Overview to Current Collection, is a four-module course that provides participants with an overview to the principles of current collection and prepares them to work those systems in a rail car maintenance facility.

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Course 207: Inspection and Maintenance of Current Collection Systems

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This one-day course provides participants with the essential steps to inspecting and maintaining current collection systems on rail vehicles. The class focuses on overhead centenary and third rail current collection systems and their major components. Participants engage in a series of activities that help them prepare to work on current collection systems in a maintenance facility for passenger rail cars. Content is supplemented with examples to support participants’ successful application of the course content to their work.

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Course 307: Troubleshooting Current Collection Systems

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​This half-day course provides participants with some essential steps to approach troubleshooting current collectors in overhead catenary and third rail systems. This course builds on Course 300 Principles of Troubleshooting and Diagnostics.

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Course 109 Introduction and Overview to Rail Vehicle Doors

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Course 109, Introduction and Overview of Rail Vehicle Doors, is a three-module course that provides participants with an overview of the principles of rail vehicle doors and their major components.

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Course 209 Inspection and Maintenance of Rail Vehicle Doors

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Course 209, Inspection and Maintenance of Rail Vehicle Doors, is a three-module course that provides steps for participants to follow when inspecting and maintaining rail vehicle doors on transit rail cars. NOTE: A written assessment follows each module and hands-on learning activities are strongly recommended.

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Course 309 Troubleshooting of Rail Vehicle Doors

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Course 309, Troubleshooting of Rail Vehicle Doors, is a three-module course that provides participants with the essential steps to approach troubleshooting and replacing rail vehicle door components. NOTE: Module 3 does not have a written assessment.

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Course 110 Introduction and Overview to Rail Vehicle Communication Systems

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Course 110, Introduction and Overview to Rail Vehicle Communication Systems, is a three-module course that provides participants with an overview to the principles of operation to communication systems and major components as they prepare to work on those systems in a transit rail maintenance facility.

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